Mothballing: simple costs

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Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Gloria » Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:31 pm

The cost of mothballing a house is vastly cheaper than demolishing one.

Depending on the amount of volunteer labor and materials, it can cost as little as a couple of hundred dollars.

But, as a general rule, we anticipate the cost of mothballing to be at $3,000 to $4,000 if one had to pay full price.

Let's assume you have 12 first floor windows to paint, cut and board. Nicole and I assume $35.00 in materials for each window. If you added $20.00 in labor for each window, that puts your price at $660. for the first floor windows. Let's assume you'd need to mothball one or two upper windows which need glass replacement, but could simply close the remaining windows (as allowed by the mothball ordinance). That would put the window price at well under $1000.

Let's assume you have accumulated debris inside and under the house and need a dumpster. You'd pay about $250 for your dumpster and maybe $100 for cleanup labor. Total for this $350.

You'd need to secure the front and back door. Let's assume a cost of $75. including hinges and plywood. That's $150.00 for materials and $100 for labor. We are at $250.00 for securing the entry ways. Toss in another $30. for upstairs if needed and the total opening price is $280.

Each house will need security lights installed front and back. We bought solar lights for $85 each. They could be installed for $40.00. Lighting then is at $125.00

Underpinning the house with lattice is going to be required. We recommend using plastic lattice. It is more durable than the wood and much easier to work with. Plus it is already "painted" white which saves on labor. That will cost $20 a sheet and one should be able to split the sheets in half to have two 4 X 8 sections. Average house would probably use 9 sheets or so. Plus two by fours for framing say $150, nails and etc. Labor would be no more than $350. So you are looking at less than $700.

We are now at $2455.

Perhaps the front of the house needs to be primed or painted. $100 for a five gallon container. $300 in labor (doesn't need to be perfectly scraped and detailed - just cleaned up). $500. should put some lipstick on the old girl.

Landscaping: plant a few perennials, toss some grass seed, whack some weeds...$125

The cost to mothball a house (and not lift an unpaid finger) could be on an average of $3000

Need some temporary bracing, a hole patched in the roof? Certainly by adding another $1000 these items could be easily accomplished.

It seems very possible to mothball a house for $3,000 to $4,000. It costs between $7,000 to $10,000 to demolish a house (not including the "cost" to the earth in the terms of using up landfill and etc).

For every house which is demolished, two houses could be mothballed, made secure and attractive, AND monitored.

Makes economic sense. Doesn't it?

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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Debbie Thompson » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:19 pm

Something we need to point out on Thursday, definitely. Of course, the answer from the city will be "we spend $3000 now, and then another $7000 to demo later. But we have to convince them to get the house into the hands of someone who will rehab it. Owner fix or we demo has to go.

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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by iloveionia » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:52 pm

Also keep in mind they HAVE technically motballed houses.
Near all the Dancy Terrace bungalows have mothballed windows.
That indeed has protected the homes.
While the city will state firmly they don't want to be in real estate, they are. They do title searches and all the legal paperwork to tear down someone's house. . . . . . . . .
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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Cathy_Campbell » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:17 am

The City doesn't call what they do "Mothballing". They call it "Boarding up".

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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Debbie Thompson » Wed Mar 21, 2012 6:19 am

They don't do any "mothballing" type repairs such as stabilizing a pier or two.

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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by iloveionia » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:16 am

But the COULD.
They got as far as the windows.
They COULD.
They contract out for all sorts of things.
They COULD.

The city is so backwards.

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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Gloria » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:08 am

Mothballing Dancy Terrace (Ron's bungalow) cost approximately $800 in cash and 200 to 250 volunteer hours.
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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by iloveionia » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:32 am

While accurate, not reflective of true costs. We used at least $200 in donated supplies. The hours definitely push 250.

A bungalow requires 10 gallons of paint. Whether its 5 primer/5 paint Diesnt matter. The magic number is 10 gallons. And 2 gallons of trim.

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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Gloria » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:03 pm

okay, so add $250 for paint (if donated paint is not available). I do believe that we can get a good percentage of paint either donated or highly discounted, especially if we are not particular of the color.

250 hours is probably correct and we still need to climb up on that roof and take photos.
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Re: Mothballing: simple costs

Post by Gloria » Sun Aug 05, 2012 1:04 pm

so, $1000 in costs

250 in volunteer hours

Nicole, how does this compare to Walnut Court?
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