Of course when I bought this place I got a great deal on it, but the reason was obvious. The place looked a real mess, although it was not really that bad. It just needed to have a good bit of stuff done to it. It was pretty sad looking because an older gentleman had owned it for a long time and he had gotten to be unable to keep it up. I started out with vinyl siding, because I hate to paint and I knew what to do. While I was at it I installed a few IP cameras that allow me to see what is going on in the back and front of the house no matter where I am. Of course you can get more sophisticated systems and I am trying to figure out how to do some better things, like for instance being able to answer the door bell remotely. In fact a lot of the time a criminal will ring the bell to see if you answer, then try to burgle the place when you do not.
It is going to take a couple of years to finish the project, even though it is a really small place and the yard is tiny. Of course the work takes a couple of things. You need time and you need to have money, obviously it helps if you know what you are doing. I know some of the stuff, but I do not always know how to do exactly what I need to do. So it takes more time to figure out how things need to be done, but you also have to figure out whether or not you can do a thing on your own. If you can not do it, then the wise thing is to get someone who can.