This blog has experienced a month of silence, but for good reason. In my last post, I mentioned how I diverted from my budget to whittle away at my credit card debt. And I also suggested that Cronies should be willing to make changes along their debt reduction journey.
I stated that I was setting aside my goal of finding another home until I had completely obliterated the debt and had a substantial savings built. Then, I said to the Universe that I would let things happen the way they should. And I stopped house hunting.
I had a week-long pet-sitting job (one of my many side hustles) late last year, at a home on a quiet street, in a good neighborhood. I was staring out the window, waiting for my kitty charges to finish eating their dinner so I could wash their bowls. Directly across from the house stood a dilapidated old house; a two-story home built in the 1890s, on approximately a quarter-acre of land. At first glance, it seemed as though it would melt into the ground – porches sagged, paint peeled in curls and clung to bare siding, and one wall of a collapsed shed leaned into a pile of debris.
I looked at the house the first day and wondered why it was empty. I knew the place had been sold earlier that year. But each day I returned to take care of the cats, I looked out the window and became more drawn to the old house. I realized it was really only the porches that were in bad shape. The house structure was solid. So I found out who owned the property and sent out an email, asking about the owner’s intentions – and would he consider selling it?
A reply came, along with an invitation to take a look at the house. We met a few days later, and the owner told me of his disappointment that he couldn’t work on the house due to many other projects on his schedule. It was a true fixer-upper – wallpaper and plaster hung from the walls, plumbing had been frozen and burst, and the wiring was old knob and tube. But by the end of the walk-through, I knew it was a good, solid structure.
I signed and closed on the property this past Monday.
So, my budget and my goals for 2016 have slightly changed. But here’s the thing – I couldn’t NOT buy this house.
First of all, when you get past the ugly – it is an awesome house.
Second, the price was right. I paid $20,000 for the house.
My truck cost more than this house.
I am also going to share the inside with you, so you can follow along in its progress:
So, the first thing on the list of tasks is deconstruction – walls, ceilings, wiring and plumbing all come out. You will be looking at bare studs before the new stuff starts to go in. The trash in the basement and the yard have to go.
It is going to be an adventure!
Want to follow along? The rehab will be done in stages, and I’ll post a plan in the near future. I’ll be as transparent as possible, even down to telling you what brand of wire goes back in those walls. I am not scrimping on safety, but I will be on the lookout for great deals and items I can repurpose. I have a teeny, tiny budget! But as always, it will all work out exactly the way it should!
I am looking forward to hearing your wise words, comments, and your own DIY stories!