The new digs needs a little bit of a facelift.
The past few weeks have been pretty hellish in the Moneyseed household — or households I should say. We bought a 2nd house not too long ago, and after two months and what our realtor called “the most complicated home-buying process she’d ever witnessed” we were handed the keys to our brand new-to-us house this past Monday.
Since then, my wife and I have spent every waking, non-working, non-diaper changing hour fixing up the new house to make it officially move-in ready.
We’ve been flexing our DIY muscles more than ever this week, because the previous owners hadn’t updated the interior of the home in at least the past 20 years or so — and that’s being generous. The electrical sockets had all been painted over (honestly, who does this?), the carpet in the basement looks like it belongs in the hotel from The Shining and the ceiling lights might as well be fucking disco balls.
While I can actually do most of the projects myself — the minor electrical, the painting, the ripping-out of carpet and the destruction of a pointless wall — there are things that I don’t even know where to begin in the DIY process.
One example of this would be the process of replacing windows. The previous owners must not have liked fresh air, since every window (21 panels-worth) in the damn house had been painted shut. They were installed back in the 80s, are horribly inefficient, and will be a huge pain in the ass to remove/replace.
With a budget of $10,000, we’re going to try to stretch our money as far as it can go. Without contractor assistance, $10k can go pretty far, but without the know-how projects like this can take way longer than you’d like them to and they could possibly disrupt daily life. We’ll refrain from using contractors whenever possible, but there are some things that I can’t — and shouldn’t — do.
I will give a full testimonial of the costs, as well as the man hours involved in this renovation upon completion. We’re hoping to have everything move-in ready by the 15th, which will also be the day we’re going to put our first house of the market as a rental. This will be it’s second appearance on the market – the first time we had renters lining up, trying to out-bid each other to live there. I’m definitely okay with that, and I’m hoping it’s like that this time around. Fisticuffs for my property = Sweet.
But for now, it’s time to head off to Ecuador. Adios, amigos!