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Fix Now or Wait (by Dave [MA]) Feb 12, 2018 2:40 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Carolyn [MO]) Feb 12, 2018 2:51 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Still Learning [NH]) Feb 12, 2018 3:21 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Deanna [TX]) Feb 12, 2018 3:31 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Ed [PA]) Feb 12, 2018 4:17 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Steve [MA]) Feb 12, 2018 5:52 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by RB [MI]) Feb 12, 2018 8:12 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by David [KY]) Feb 12, 2018 8:33 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Feb 13, 2018 3:29 AM
       Fix Now or Wait (by A.R. [ID]) Feb 13, 2018 6:44 AM
       Fix Now or Wait (by razorback_tim [AR]) Feb 13, 2018 7:05 AM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Dave [MA]) Feb 13, 2018 1:58 PM
       Fix Now or Wait (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Feb 15, 2018 5:19 AM

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Fix Now or Wait (by Dave [MA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 2:40 PM
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I recently bought a 3 unit property in MA. Some major work needs to be done throughout the porch area, about $10,000.

I have gotten 3 quotes for major window work and I found the right person in my opinion.

I am hesitant about when to start the window probably because of the cost.

I have the money. 2 of the 3 units are empty.

Do I fill the place first with tenants or do I do the window work first?

I know the hesitancy is fear based. The work needs to be done either now or later. I have not spent this kind of money before which contributes to the hesitation. My plan has been to get all units occupied first but perhaps I will attract a better caliber of tenant if the work is done now. Any constructive feedback is appreciated. --75.144.xxx.xxx




Fix Now or Wait (by Carolyn [MO]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 2:51 PM
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If you can handle it financially, I would do the work first.

Otherwise you could have renters and workers getting in each others way and complaining about each other. You also might attract a better group of prospective renters and charge a little more rent after the work is done. --136.33.xx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 3:21 PM
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Much easier to do work in a vacant unit but I would show as is and tell them window work is scheduled. --24.61.xxx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 3:31 PM
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Get the work done now, before you have someone's stuff to work around.

If you want to, do it in two stages-- the major problem areas/street-visible windows-- and then go back later and finish replacing the remainder at some point in the future.

Alternately, budget to replace all the windows in one unoccupied unit now, another unit next year, and the third unit in the third year, if you don't mind the street appearance not matching for two years. --166.137.xxx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by Ed [PA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 4:17 PM
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Do the empty units now and the 3rd when that tenant leaves. You will get a better caliber tenant and more rent. --72.95.xxx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 5:52 PM
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Is there any possibility of the old windows having any lead paint?

Can you get a lead certificate for the building as it is?

As others have said it's much easier, more efficient & ultimately less expensive to do this type of work in a vacant unit. --72.93.xxx.xxx




Fix Now or Wait (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 8:12 PM
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Now. --47.35.xx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by David [KY]) Posted on: Feb 12, 2018 8:33 PM
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Just swapped out 7 windows on the second floor of a duplex over this past Summer while tenants were living in this apartment. Was an absolute pain to coordinate the window guy with the tenants since he needed two days to do the job.

The whole time I was beating myself up for not doing the windows when the unit was empty. Of course one of the windows that was ordered came in wrong so we had to re-order, wait a couple of weeks and then have to re-coordinate the install....again.

Then of course the tenants cancelled the second install date they said was good at the last moment pissing my window guy off and then delaying the install even longer. Then the delivery for the original windows actually delivered them at 6pm. Yea 6pm, nice delivery time Home Depot.

So then we had another day we needed to be over there and coordinate that because we needed to store the windows somewhere inside and we weren't going to keep then outside. Never again will I do this again on purpose.

It's enough of a pain just to coordinate basic maintenance sometimes, nevermind installing windows and having to frame out unexpected rot damage and re-framing small sections, etc. All in all glad they are done, tenants are happy, they look great and got them done for 325.00 a window total, but would never do again when occupied on purpose. --74.128.xxx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 3:29 AM
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I HATE working on units with tenants in place - do it NOW --24.34.xx.xxx




Fix Now or Wait (by A.R. [ID]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 6:44 AM
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Iíd do the work first. Itís so much easier doing work without tenants. --108.184.xxx.xxx




Fix Now or Wait (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 7:05 AM
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I would do it now if you can swing it. As others have said I donít like working on an occupied unit - inside or out. --166.137.xxx.xx




Fix Now or Wait (by Dave [MA]) Posted on: Feb 13, 2018 1:58 PM
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I want to thank all of you for the feedback. I have decided to move forward with the project.

--75.144.xxx.xxx




Fix Now or Wait (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Feb 15, 2018 5:19 AM
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I don't like having to worry about liability or having tools walk away. --24.101.xxx.xxx



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