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!
Y’all know we started looking at buying a new RV earlier this year (click to revisit our adventures at the Austin RV Expo, and at the Houston RV Show Day 1 & Day 2), which involved a lot of shopping and gazillions of questions, but then we got an offer on our Texas house, and pulled back a bit to deal with that.
After we closed on the sale early in March, we picked up the RV research again, narrowed our criteria, and got as far as visiting a local lot to take one more look at the top contender before pulling the trigger.
And then the tenants in our Virginia house let us know that they’ll be moving out this summer.
Well that means…
… the time is right to sell that house too.
So now that Tim’s cleared his final surgical follow-up (that story’s here), and I’ve completed my semiannual obstacle course of mammogram-doctor-doctor-doctor to make quadruple-y sure that breast cancer is still staying away (which it is, and I’m good to go for another 6 months) we’re rolling out of here in the morning.
We expect to arrive in the Hampton Roads area on Sunday, with the intention of spending about a month on various fix-ups to prepare that house for Real Estate Show Time.
And that means we’re putting off the RV shopping. Again.
One house at a time, y’all.
One. House. At a time.
(If you or someone you know is into buying real estate before it hits the market, this would be a great time to open that discussion. Take a look at the house on Zillow or Trulia, and let’s talk.)