It’s been a while since I updated you on our house search, but as you most certainly discovered from the title, the bank accepted our counter on the foreclosure (previous info was mentioned in, “Our House Search Soon Over?“)!
It has been a whirlwind of a month so far. We had closing on August 2 and have been working on the house every night since. As you can tell by the photo (sorry for the blur..I’ll have to work on my picture-taking skills I guess), we are attempting to remove multiple layers of wallpaper. And, if you look carefully, you’ll see that even the squares in the front door have been wallpapered! The previous owners must have really loved that stuff…
Last night was Day 7 of wallpaper removal, but we are basically done (as you can see in the photo with the old composite door)! Now we just need to make sure all the glue is removed, rip off the baseboards, and begin painting! 🙂
We know the living room and dining room have solid hardwood, but the rest of the house is sort of a mystery! The upstairs is completely carpeted, but we can see that at least one room has hardwood underneath. We suspect the rest do, but until we get done with painting, we’d like to keep them covered and protected (and the ugly carpet is accomplishing this task perfectly!). We also suspect that the kitchen, half-bath, and entry are hardwood, but they are covered by an ugly linoleum right now. We’ll definitely tear into this soon as well!
If the whole house is the original (from the 1940s) hardwood, we would be overjoyed! We’ll just have to wait and see, but don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted. The next task is going to be refinishing the floors. My wife and I both like the dark hardwood look, and then we’ll accent it with light colored, mostly neutral, walls. It’s going to look amazing!
Then, after the floors are done, we’ll replace a couple of vanities in the bathroom, put some appliances in the kitchen, and I think we’re basically done (there are plenty of other things to touch up, but they aren’t essential)!
It all sounds so easy, but it will take us a couple more weeks at least.
Now that I’ve given you the breakdown of our house project, I’d like to ask what you think about us restaining/refinishing the floors ourselves? Do you think that this is a task we can do ourselves? Or should we be seeking the help of professionals?
Ideally, I’d like to save a few bucks and do the work ourselves (we have plenty of helpers), but I don’t want it to look like garbage either. Please tell me straight – is it going to be an impossible task?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.