On Doing the Right Thing

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My brother, sister and I decided to fix up our mom’s home prior to selling it. Our realtor recommended that we remove the ¾ knotty pine T&G paneling in the family room because it made the home look dated. Though I hated to remove beautiful wood like this, we decided to follow our realtor's advice. To our surprise, when we removed the vertical paneling, there wasn’t drywall underneath it, and the rock wool insulation in the outside wall stud cavities was one inch thick, apparently standard back when the home was built.  Some of the people that helped me on this project said to just leave the insulation as is as no one would know or appreciate that we did this, and we wouldn't get our money back. But that’s not the right thing to do. So we pulled out the insulation and discovered several instances where the sheathing had one inch holes left over from the original construction, allowing air infiltration into the stud cavities. We also foamed all the seams in the old Celotex sheathing and also foamed around the perimeter of the stud caviites and then insulated. 

We also decided to paint the basement walls and floors. But they were pretty dirty, so we didn't just wash them, we pressure washed them. It took an entire day for two of us to do the work with soap and bleach. Was it necessary to go to this extreme? In my mind, yes. If the new paint adheres better and longer as a result, then it was worth it.

All this additional work added days and costs to a project which we weren’t compensated for. But when we handed over the keys to the new owner, we knew we did the right thing. 

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