Prepping the house
I have been waiting for almost three years and finally, the day is almost here.
We can sell our house in 47 days.
When we bought our house in 2009, we got a tax credit, but one of the stipulations of that credit was that we must keep the house as our primary residence for 36 months. Our 36 months is over on August 18th and that date is quickly approaching. I’m excited to sell the house, but at the same time it’s rather stressful too.
The house was in shambles when we bought it. Honestly spreaking, I didn’t want to live in it. I hated this house for a long time, but slowly, as we worked, it got better and better. Now that the final repairs and improvements are being done, I have to admit, it’s going to be quite nice. These repairs and improvements are a lot of work, but with each and every one the house looks better and better. I’m quite surprised with how nicely it’s coming along.
Take for example the kitchen.
This was the kitchen when we first moved into the house. Excuse the mess. Like I said, we had just moved in when this photo was taken. I should have taken more photos, but I just didn’t think of it at the time. I was just too busy, moving into a new place and taking care of a two-year-old and a four-month-old.
And here is a photo of the kitchen after we installed new flooring and refinished all of the cabinets. This photo is still a little old, but we’re continuing to work on improvements in the kitchen. Currently, I am adding another coat of paint to the cabinets (I got lazy last fall when I had started them and just didn’t feel like working on them anymore) and we’re going to be installing trim as well. We also have to drywall the hole above the sink where the kitchen window used to be before we added another bedroom to the house. Even if the picture is older, you can still see the difference! We’re also replacing all of the appliances as well.
We’ve also been working on more minor and silly repairs. We painted the front steps. I don’t know why it never occured to me to do this before, but it just dawned on me a couple days ago.
These are the front steps. They look like crap and when we first moved in, we talked about building a nicer porch/stairs but we just never got around to doing it.
This is a terrible picture, but we only have one entrance to the house so when I started painting, I started at the bottom step and worked my way up, effectively painting myself in. I could have taken a photo today (we painted the steps two days ago) but I was elbow-deep in white paint all day today and I forgot. Maybe tomorrow I will.
The steps do look much better painted, however, the old ugly ones made for a good setting for Ava’s baby pictures, so maybe it was a good thing that painting them didn’t occur to me until just a few days ago.
I love this photo of her. I actually used it in her birth announcements. I’m not a photographer by any means, but this is probably one of the best photos I have ever done. I’m really proud of it.
So even though I have been busting my butt on the house for a couple weeks now, it is just now starting to look better. It’s so much work! I’ve only ever moved twice, but those moves didn’t seem nearly as difficult as this one is! I can’t imagine having three kids makes it any easier. My kids do however, love that the living room is completely empty. They come up to me, breathing all fast and excited, “Mommy! Mommy! Can we run in CIRCLES?!?!?!” I’m not kidding. They will ask permission to run in circles and then do it for an hour, laughing and giggling with every lap around the living room.
So today we started the horrifying task of painting. If I haven’t told you already, I absolutelyhatepainting. I especially hate painting this house. The living room and master bedroom have a one-direction vaulted ceiling, meaning I have to stick the paint roller on a rod and then climb up a ladder just to paint the ceiling. I remember when we moved in, painting those damn ceilings hurt my arms and shoulders. I can’t imagine how bad it’s going to hurt now, especially with my shoulder still being injured from my car accident. I did start painting though. I got one wall in the living room done and half of another before I gave up. I’ll start working on it again tomorrow.
We also had a man come out and take measurements for our carpeting quote. We’re supposed to get the carpeting installed sometime after the 11th. I have to have the two bedrooms and the living room painted by then. I’m actually really excited about the carpeting. Once the carpeting is put in, this place is going to look great! I’m very excited about that.
So, on the agenda for tomorrow… More painting… More drywalling… More packing. Sounds like a blast, huh?
It might suck doing all the work, but I get to spend the day talking to this little angel, so I guess it’s not all bad. <3
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