It’s been a little while since I told you guys that we bought another rental property, the house we call our Etheridge house. Since then, many things have transpired. It’s only fair to keep you guys updated, right?!? I will share what has taken place so far and what else has to happen for this house to be “rent ready.” I will also try to do more detailed posts later on of some of the special projects.
The first we did was hire somebody to come in a clean the whole house and rip up the NASTY carpet and linoleum. It had been sitting for at least 6 months with no water, electricity, and heat/air. Wanna know what that means? MOLD… and lots of it!
See what I mean? It was so stinky and smelly. So, cleaning was first on the list. After that, we had the electricity and water turned on. That might should have happened before the cleaning phase, but we humans don’t always do things that make sense. 🙂
We have hired a very good and thorough handy-man, my brother, who happens to be in town right now. Here’s a list of just some of the things he has done (as well as before and after pictures):
– Replaced all faulty/broken electrical outlets and light switches
– Replaced all lights bulbs to brighten up the space
– Added new light sockets, where needed
*As you can see, the wavy trim was taken down and all of the lights were added/replaced to really brighten up the living area.
– Labeled breaker box to corresponding switches, outlets, etc.
– Replaced broken (and ugly) light fixtures in kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and laundry room
– Repaired entry door (it wouldn’t properly shut due to the trim being damaged)
– Painted all popcorn ceilings with Kilz (which helps with discoloration and smells)
*I know this picture means nothing to you but the ceilings were so yellowed before that they were the same color as buttered popcorn… seriously.
– REPAIRED THE AIR CONDITIONING! (big deal in south Arkansas)
– Painted the hall (not finished) and added a new light and thermostat
– Painted the front bedroom (not finished)
– Partially demoed the front bathroom
(After- the shower is nasty… all of that was hidden behind the tub surround)
– Demoed the saloon doors
– Cleaned all of the light fixtures that will remain
– Replaced sink faucets in kitchen and back bathroom
– Removed all kitchen cabinet doors
– Removed diamond-shaped trim, handles, and hinges from the kitchen cabinets and living room built-ins
– Replaced broken shutter on front of house
– Repaired stove and oven (one needed a new breaker and the other new elements)
And that’s all my overloaded brain can really think of right now. The two major projects that still need to be accomplished are some larger and more expensive items that will need to be handled by professionals: 1) new roof and 2) house leveling.
Yikes. Those two items are really going to eat into our budget, but they are necessities. If they go undone, it wouldn’t be good. Since we are going to rent this property, it’s our. So, if we didn’t do these things now, we would have to do them later… and possibly more. Can you even imagine what we might run into in five years if we didn’t replace the roof now? Mold, leaks, rotten areas, etc.! That wouldn’t be any good and would cost us even more money. Needless to say, those two are definitely must haves.
When the house leveling and foundation work are done, the front bathroom will have to be completely gutted. The floor is very uneven and is beyond repair in its current state. So, that means a brand new bathroom. The bathroom wasn’t that nice anyways, so it isn’t really hurting our feelings.
Some of the other tasks that need to be done are:
– Stripping wallpaper and border in the kitchen, dining room, and back bathroom
– Paint the remaining spaces, which includes: kitchen, dining room, three bedrooms, living room, front bathroom, back bathroom, and laundry room
– Paint the kitchen cabinets (which will be tons of work but will be totally worth it)
– Cleaning and restoring the hardwood flooring with Rejuvenate
– Adding flooring in the living, dining, kitchen, back bath, and laundry room
– Making a decision about the replacing the kitchen countertops and sink
– Possibly have the exterior wood scraped/repainted
As you can see… and have read, the house has received a lot of TLC and needs a whole lot more. I’m sure I left a million tasks off the list; however, it’s coming along quite nice and already looks and smells like a new place. I’m very excited to see how the place will look in the end. It’s already so much better than it was when we bought it just a few months ago. Our schedules are about to slow down just a little, so J.C. and I should have a little extra time on our hands to get over there and knock some projects out.
The new roof and leveling work should both happen within the next month. We have already gotten quotes, accepted them, and are sitting on go. Since things will move around when they level the house, that happens first, then the new roof can go on. We are next on the list to have the house leveled. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and ask you do the same 🙂
Well, do you think we’re nuts? You might be correct. I feel that way sometimes; however, this is an investment for us. All of the blood, sweat, and tears will pay off (literally) in the long run!
P.S. A HUGE birthday shout out to my momma!! She is the most awesome, beautiful, selfless, amazing woman I know! She deserves a great birthday… and every other day too! Love you mom! She’s also my biggest blog fan 🙂