We called in RamJet to drive pilings into the ground, so the foundation could be shored up. Cost: $4200. Not cheap, but necessary. We may bring them back again to do the other sides of the house (which are not in bad shape). We'll see.
We are also going to be bringing in people to repair/improve some windows. After the tornado ripped through Rock Hill, we had several windows broken. There is a deal going on now, and we want to take advantage of it - Buy 1, get 1 free. Plus 36 months to pay, same as cash.
If we had planned better, we would have done this before I retired. But, we put off the decision, and have to manage it now.
If you are in the pre-retirement phase, walk around your house (inside and out), and make notes on things you'd like to change/update. Consider:
- Taking down aging trees (unbelievably expensive!)
- Major appliances - are they reaching the end of their life cycle?