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Tips for renovating an older home

New paint, updated electrical wiring pays dividends

Q: We just bought a house in Alameda, Calif. It was built in the 1930s and hasn't been touched since. We got it for a good price and are viewing renovations as a long-term project. We had a termite inspection, a roof inspection and a home inspection. A little termite work was done under the house, and the home inspector pointed out some problems, mainly with the electrical system. The roof has a few more years of life left and no evidence of leaks. The wiring is old knob and tube, so plugs are not plentiful. Our plan is to move in and renovate as time and budget allow. We're a bit strapped now, but want to make the house our home as much as possible. We'd appreciate any suggestions you guys might have since you've both walked a mile in our moccasins. A: We wish you good luck and a lot of fun with your renovation. When you're done, the pride in having done it yourself will be huge. Before you do anything else, have a licensed electrician give the place a thorough going-ov...