Last May, as in May 2013, we bought our first ever investment property. We “toured” the house by ourselves and placed an offer on it the next day. Let me draw a mental picture for you… There was no electricity or running water when we toured the house. It also had mold… like everywhere. And it smelled REALLY bad. And for some crazy reason, we bought it anyway. I guess we’re crazy?!
I had to travel for work the very next week, so nothing happened over there until we got back into town. It took us about 3 weeks to get the place cleaned out. Of course, J.C. works a very busy schedule in the summer, so we did what we could when we had the time. Here are just a few things that we found while cleaning out the house:
– 4 to 5 nice sewing machines, including an industrial sized upholstery sewing machine
– something on the bathroom floor that looked like blood
– a prosthetic leg
– some unmentionables
Yeah… so… this house was definitely a mystery. I remember going to the back bedroom by myself to clean it out. Before I lifted the bed skirt, I prayed, “Dear God… please don’t let their be a dead body under here.”
Seriously people, it was pretty bad. After the whole house was cleaned out, we went to town cleaning the place. We ripped up all of the old, nasty carpet and steam cleaned the floors as well. A lot of bleach was involved. After it was clean enough for us to go in without gloves on, we had to decided what needed to be repair, fixed, redone, etc., etc., etc.
Things started to quickly add up and before we knew it, there was a list a MILE LONG!!! There were many nights that we would work until 11 or 12 o’clock. Then the next day, we would get up, go to work, and do it all over again. It was definitely a labor of love. And I’m not really sure you can even call it that. There was blood, sweat, and tears involved. In January, we finally finished the place (except the hot water heater and a small air issue that we may or may not be able to repair ourselves). We did 95% of the work ourselves. We are surprisingly both still here to say that “we made it.”
Was it easy? No… wait… HECK NO! But was it worth it? Yes. And what I mean by that is, even though it was a lot of hard work and long hours, the house practically looks brand new.
The before pictures don’t do the house justice for a number of reason. For one, I took all of the before’s with my iPhone, so they are a little grainy. Also, you can’t smell pictures. That’s a huge downfall because the place smelled so bad before and smells wonderful now 🙂
Without further adieu:
This is the entrance of the home. It opens up into the living room. The hall ahead leads to the one bathroom and 3 bedrooms. The opening to the right leads to the eat-in kitchen, den, and laundry room. Don’t the floors and that front door look amazing?! And the afters…
Excuse the mess! New floors, new walls, new paint, new lighting… basically new everything! Next up…
And this beauty is obviously the kitchen. Oh how I wish you knew how nasty this room really was. And a few afters:
The kitchen was a total gut job. New everything from top to bottom… and a $50 stove thank to my thrifty hubby! Let’s move on shall we?!
Does this bathroom not look like some sort of crime scene?! It was SO GROSS in there… well everywhere really. And the bathroom now:
Sometimes I still can’t believe how good this bathroom looks! It took a LOT of work, but isn’t she just GORGEOUS??? Next up in the den:
This is an Instagram pic of the den. We worked late one night so I went and picked up some pizza. This box on top of another box or two was our make-shift table.
Yes ladies… that is in fact the same room. And a few more angles of this room, just because 🙂
I was standing in the laundry room while I took this picture. That’s another front door and the kitchen is on the left. And here’s the opposite view, me looking into the laundry room.
Oh the front door… it was SO bad. I’m fine with purple, but this was just wrong.
WOW! Can you believe the difference? Doesn’t it look like a new place? We are very proud of the way everything turned out. And guess what? We have a very nice individual renting it from us come October 1st. I sure hope they enjoy it! So, do you think we’re crazy for flipping houses? I feel that way about 50% of the time… or maybe 75% 🙂