My 2-Do List

It's kinda long, but here's my short-term to-do list. Mostly it's a wish list, but we will see just how far I can get.
It's not a question of money, but of time since I'll be doing most if not all the work myself. ch_query = 'window';

Finish sheetrock edging in upstairs bedroom, paint, cut new window sills and trim.
Refinish hardwood floors in upstairs bedroom
Lay hardwood floors in dining room and kitchen

Well I took an offer

I pulled an ace out of my hip pocket and got a better offer on the old house in Alabama... still $9k less than my original asking price, but I really can't afford to let it sit empty, especially through the winter. I've already spent $3k on mortgage payments since it listed, so might as well cut my losses early.
I still sold it for more than I bought it for, so I'm not too depressed ;-) And that frees up finances for other things, like more renovations on our craftsman home. imported-51

What a day...

Well I got an offer on my house in Alabama finally - it's not what I want, in fact it's not even doable, so now I'm torn between just flat rejecting or making a counter-offer. Talk about stress.
Then, I get another phone call and I'm being courted for another job, this one in Illinois.

AAAHHHH!!!!!!! I just want to crawl in a corner somewhere and suck my thumb.

Flipping for Dollars

By: Broderick Perkins: REALTOR? Magazine OnlineInvestors who resell a property between three and six months after buying it are most likely to earn big profits, according to a study of flipping in three hot U.S. markets.

Flipping, or buying undervalued property to earn a profit after a resale within 24 months of the purchase, nets returns three to five times greater than... ch_query = 'saw';

It's sooo sad, but that house has to go.

I've been looking around casually for investment property - single family homes. There's one at the end of the block from my house that is a good 'fixer-upper' so I took a look. I've been told I could get it for $20k, despite the higher asking price.
One walk inside and you immediately see why a low price. The floor is like a rollercoaster. It varies in height as much as a foot. No stranger to levelling a house now, I thought I'd look underneath and see why. ch_query = 'landscaping';


You wonder sometimes what people were thinking...
I pulled the bedroom door to strip the paint off of it - I figured 4 layers of lead-based paint was enough and it was time to start over. There was paint on the doorknobs, so I applied a little stripper to it and low and behold... they were solid marble. imported-47

Yep, that's me!

My brother-in-law came to visit. We have this arrangement, you see... I go to his house and I have to help him fix his computer. He comes to mine, he has to help me level my house.

Yep. We went through the floor in the 'cupboard under the stairs' (move aside, harry...). This pic is of me digging a hole for us to fit so we could jack the center of the house up around four inches to level it.

The tool made in Heaven

Well, I've sanded the ceiling (yes, the CEILING) and put in the first coat of drywall joint compound.
A friend mentioned to me that he would recommend I get a corner trowel. I'd never used one and figured 'one room, I could handle it without special tools' but he was adamant. Let me tell you, this tool has saved me somewhere between 4 and 6 hours of work! I think it's the best $7.50 I've spent the entire project.

Me + terrified of heights + this...

Well, I replaced my second window. Also upstairs, but this time without a porch to stand on.

I had NO idea that an extension ladder would bend and sway that much! I ran into two hiccups this time - the window sill was pretty rotted. Wood epoxy has come a long way - first I treated the wood with a drying agent to dry out any moisture still in it, then I filled it with a two part wood patch epoxy that hardened like steel afterwards.

The second problem was that the black stripe that was above that window on the outside wasn't just the wood behind the siding like I'd always thought. I literally had a 2 inch high, 32 inch wide HOLE in the side of the house from where the people putting up the siding screwed it up. It was large enough that there were leaves inside the wall. I filled the gap with expanding foam, then covered with a piece of trim, painted white.


Coming out of the closet

Well, I got the closet framed in and most of the sheetrock up in the bedroom. Still need to put up joint compound, sand and paint. You can also see the ceiling fan I added.
Here's a before picture, but facing the other way - there was no closet to begin with and I never took a photo that direction.:

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