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Hello. I am new to the community and would like some input. I am purchasing a house in New Jersey that was built in 1911. This will be my first time owning a house. I had a home inspection and was given a list of repairs to consider. I am also looking to do some remodeling and would like some advice on the order of which project I should take on and a rough estimate of cost.

The sewer line in the house is newer PVC but the connecting pipe to the street is old. Do township sewer companies typically come and inspect the line for free?

The vent from the boiler for the baseboard heating is connected to a poured concrete flue and I was told to have a liner installed to prevent CO seepage into the house. I also need to have a cap installed on top of the roof for the flue.

The electrical system needs some upgrades. Some of the outlets on the first and second floors are only 2-prong. There is 100 amp service with romex and bx wiring.

The inspector suggested to add some support columns in the basement to the main floor beam. The inspector noted some foundation cracking and bulging but said it was typical for the age of the house. The basement walls are concrete block and the floor is poured concrete with a French drain. I would like to use the basement as a music room but am concerned about it flooding in a bad rain storm. I would like to have a contractor come and check for mold and also provide some water proofing ideas. I also want to add insulation in the basement under the celling. The only finishing in the basement is wood paneling over the walls.

The attic does not have any insulation and I would like to place fiberglass batts in the floor. The only ventilation in the attic is 2 small windows at each end walls and I would like to add a vent through the roof.

The entire second floor interior walls are covered in wood paneling. I am planning on installing dry wall over the wood paneling and the ceilings.

I am planning on replacing the majority of the floors with laminate, but will have a professional install them because I am afraid some walls might not be at a perfect 90 degree angle.

Most of the appliances are in good shape but I am going to replace the clothes washer. There is an electrical outlet and vent for an electric clothes dryer at the other side of the basement from the washer, but there is no clothes dryer. I would like to have the dryer connections moved next to the washer. I am trying to decide whether to go with an electric or gas dryer. I would need to have the gas line extended to where the dryer would be. I am also going to install a dish washer in the kitchen.

I would like to get some estimates on an air conditioning system and am considering a small duct or ductless system.

Here's a little info about the house: The building is 2 floors with a full basement. The house is fairly small at 909 sf with two bedrooms and 1.5 baths. The house has newer vinyl siding and a masonry stone finish on the front. The outer walls on the first and second floor are brick. I am not sure of the material for the inside walls. The majority of the rooms have wood paneling and others are dry wall. The roof is 2 layers of asphalt shingles, the top layer is about 10-15 years old. The gutters and downspouts are in good shape. I am planning on staying in the house for under 10 years and I am trying to be conscious of improvements that will not increase the resale value. The house has hot water baseboard heating powered by a gas boiler and a gas water heater. There is no cooling system or duct work. The boiler was installed in 1987 and the hot water heater was put in 2006. Both appliances are in good working condition but I am aware they are near the end of their typical life cycle.

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