I wasn’t going to put all our home improvement photos on the blog because they don’t have anything to do with RV travel or living. But…
I’m stinkin’ proud of what we did, even though I whined nearly constantly about having to do it, and
It’s all part of Owning Less. Once this house is sold, we will own no property other than what we’re rolling around in, and both the BFT and The Toad are paid for.
(Confused about why we’re selling another house? That story is here, with a little more here, plus some NSFW ranting about it here.)
It took us
7 weeks (out of a planned 4, and a hopeful 2)
more than 60 trips to big box and locally-owned home improvement/hardware stores
help from nearly a dozen friends who loaned us tools, garage space, sweat equity, and/or their grown sons who were eager to work for some summer cash (all three former Boy Scouts, and friends to our boys when we lived here)
and I don’t even know how many hours of our own labor. A million, maybe. We didn’t take many days off.
Witness the transformation of our 1912 Craftsman-style bungalow. She’s beautiful, and awaiting new owners to enjoy not just her charms, but also the best neighborhood we’ve ever lived in — and we’re a retired military family, so there’ve been lots.
Befores are on the left; afters on the right.
Full list of what we did:
Replaced cedar shingles on west side of house
Had shingles painted on all 4 sides, plus trim, front porch, and front door
Refurbished back deck, front porch, and garage doors
Replaced rotting framing on 3 windows and above garage doors
Repainted garage interior, and several ceilings inside house
Had kitchen flooring replaced
Repaired HVAC disconnect switch
Refreshed mulch beds on 3 sides of house
Repaired cracks in plaster walls in living and dining rooms
Fixed like a hundred other pesky small things, like busted outlet covers, cabinet door hardware, window screens, etc., etc., etc.
Sacrifices to the cause:
1 pair of sneakers
2 pairs of jeans
1 pair of fitness capris
Also, a bird pooped on me on Mother’s Day, and our dog died.
I could have done with a little. less. character building.
Interested in the house? Of course you are. At the very least, we know you want to see the asking price because everybody wants to know the asking price, so visit our real estate listing here. (The virtual tour wasn’t available as of this posting, so check back again soon if you want to see photos of the interior.)
Tomorrow, we roll. First stop: Northern Virginia for a few days, to visit with Air Force, Marine, and Navy friends from prior duty stations. After that, it’s westward ho, with a stop in Chicago on Friday to pick up our younger son for the remainder of our summer travels!
Snarky, irreverent, occasionally sentimental, viewing the world with head cocked and one eyebrow up. Navy wife (retired), mom to two bigguys, full-time RV traveler with husband. Shit breaks and we make mistakes. Join me anyway?
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6 thoughts on “Befores and Afters: House 2 is ready to sell, and we are ready to roll!”
The place looks great after a lot of work. I think you deserve a quick offer and easy close.
Fingers, toes, and even eyes crossed!
Hmmmm … Your last comment will be dinner conversation!
How is the younger son ending up in Chicago!?
See you tomorrow! Hugs — Safe travels as the BFT and The Toad rolls on I-95 for his/her first time!!!!
The house looks great. I’m sure it was tons of work. I hope you get a good offer soon. Can I ask who you used to paint the outside? We are at the beginning of the journey – getting house #1 ready for sale in Suffolk and we are going to need a good painter.
We highly recommend Steve Kissell
Thank you so much. Love your blog. Our daughter and family lived in Larchmont and she is a friend of a friend. She passed on the link to your blog. We are recently retired from TCC and before that from my husband’s twenty year Naval career. Finally we are ready to get rid of stuff and hit the road. Your journey is very inspiring.