Rental House Wrap-up/Getting With It

It’s been a while since I last posted, and I can only blame part of that on the rental (now flip) house. But that did keep me pretty busy through mid-May, and my husband much more so. That’s about when the work on the house finally finished up and we listed it for sale, even though I hadn’t finished the new master bedroom closet organizer. Close enough!

We put on an Open House on Mothers Day, and actually got some decent traffic (my family celebrated Mothers Day the next day). The following weekend, my husband turned 50 and we had a party. Party planning is not my forte, and being an introvert, stuff like this stresses me out a good bit, but everything came together in time, and everyone had a good time. For my part, I was especially grateful to have a lot of help from friends in putting it all together!

Amazingly, my husband held another Open House the next day, and again got some good traffic. But in the whole time the house was listed (on Zillow and Craigslist), he got a lot of phone calls from agents wanting him to list with them, but no buyers. I thought his price was a little high, so he dropped it. It was still pretty aggressive for the neighborhood, but we’re also talking a house that’s practically new, given all the fire restoration work plus the completely new upstairs.

We got a call from an agent with a buyer the next day. They toured the house the following day. My husband called me while they were in the house and said “I think they’re going to put in an offer.” After they finished looking through the house, my husband hadn’t driven more than two blocks when the Realtor called and said they wanted to make an offer. And they did–for pretty much the asking price! It was listed for less than three weeks before the offer–the market is hot right now! One agent told my husband there were ten buyers for every listing right now, so that sure didn’t hurt.

Inspections went well, and only turned up a couple of minor things which my husband and the contractors fixed. The appraiser was skeptical until he went inside. He told my husband the house was easily worth the asking price. Closing is this coming Tuesday!

But that’s not what you were hoping to see here, were you? Here’s what we all came for: pictures! I don’t have too many before pictures, as I just didn’t think to get many before the work began. So we’ll start with those, then go on to the bunch we took for the listing.

Exterior – Before

 

Dining Room Before (after carpet was pulled up)

 

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before – yes, the fridge and stove were crammed in next to each other on this small wall.

 

Exterior – after. Really, it was fine before, but the fire damaged the roofing and siding, so we had to replace it all. We kept the roof and trim the same, but for siding figured, why not green?

 

Click any of these smaller pictures for a larger view

 
Living Room and Dining Room

   
Downstairs Bedrooms – the front bedroom (right) was originally this color scheme (go Bucks!).
We kept it to honor my husband’s late cousin, who was a big Ohio State fan.

    
Downstairs Bathroom, with fun decal on the laundry chute

   
Dining Room, with barn door I built

    
Kitchen – remember the pipe shelves I built? Very happy with how they turned out!
I’ll give my husband credit for the hard part–installation! Also, we moved the fridge.

    
Mudroom/Drop Zone I built

    
Pantry shelves I built (and cute decal purchased from Etsy)

    
Upstairs/Master Bedroom

    
Master Bedroom, with barn door I built

    
Master closet, with shelves I built, and Bathroom

    
Master Bathroom

    
Basement – not a dingy, creepy one

    
Screen porch, and even the garage got a new door and siding

Not bad for our first flip, huh? Of course, we owe a lot of the credit to our contractors–we’re even going to have them over for a cookout in a couple weeks to say thanks. We were really happy with how everything turned out in the end, especially since this fetched $25k more than the next highest-priced recent sale in this neighborhood! Finally, all those hours spent watching HGTV are paying off, LOL. I hope the buyers will love having this as their home!

What I’ve been Reading: Lots of blogs and books, both fiction and non-fiction. I’ll pick this up next time.

What I’ve been Writing: Uhhhh, not much. This is where I need to “get with it,” as my friend Stacy said in a recent blog. The flip house work was mostly wrapped up by the end of May (I still had to build the closet shelving). In June I didn’t really have an excuse, other than it’s been hard to get my mind back onto fiction. There is still house stuff on the brain, what with Tennessee and all.

Speaking of Tennessee, things are moving along there too. We went there in early June to meet with the builder and our lender. The builder is ready to go whenever everything else is. So right now, we’re just waiting on the final version of the plans–we had a few more minor changes–it’s by far the easiest and cheapest to make them now! I expect those back later this week or early next, then the builder can file for permits, and the bank can get an appraisal. Hopefully we’ll be able to break ground in late August!

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But the writing… yeah. I realized I need some kind of accountability. Even if it’s to folks who are always nice and understanding when I don’t meet my goals, just knowing I need to report in to someone is motivating. That’s what ROW80 (“A Round of Words in 80 Days“) is for. So ROW80 friends (and anyone else), please keep me accountable!

I’m going to start out with baby steps. My main goals for this Round are to complete the “How to Write Villains” self-directed workshop I purchased from Holly Lisle, and to write at least one more chapter in my WIP. I’m currently one week into the workshop, out of eight. So this week, I want to complete the Week 2 reading and exercises. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s been a struggle getting to it–or getting with it, as Stacy says. Let’s hope this Round gets me back on track!

What about you–what’s been going on in your life? If you’re a writer, do you sometimes struggle to get to the writing, even though it’s something you really want to do? Or if you’re not a writer, is there something else you really want to do but just can’t seem to get around to? Please share in the comments–I’d love to hear from you! And please click the ROW 80 seal above to go to the ROW80 Facebook page, and cheer everyone else on!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Wow – what an awesome job you did on that house. So glad you sold it quickly, too (one less thing to worry about, right?). I’m hoping we can sell ours quickly. It still needs a lot of cleaning (and emptying) before we can put it up for sale, though. But it’s getting there!!

  2. Love the cute house flip. The barn doors are my favorite. You’re a natural at this stuff.

    As far as writing – YES – I too suffer from “I really want to write but never sit down and just do it.” What’s up with that? I need a swift kick in the rear end. I’ve been using cancer as my excuse, but that’s all behind me now so I really need to start putting some words on the page.

    I’m so happy for your sale and finished product. Here’s hoping everything in Tennessee will be just as smooth.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  3. Thanks, Stacy! The way the market is right now, you shouldn’t have trouble selling. Good luck with the cleanup!

    Patricia, thanks so much! I’m glad it’s not just me that has trouble getting with it when it comes to writing. And so glad “C” is behind you! Here’s to both of us ending the excuses and just getting going!

  4. Welcome back — and congratulations on that beautiful remodel. No wonder it sold so fast! I really respect Holly Lisle’s work. Her workshop might just be what motivates you to jump back into your stories. I tend to write every day at roughly the same time (pretty early in the morning). What I like about this approach is that once the writing for the day is done, I don’t have to stress out. I also set word goals pretty low (interruptions!!!!), so if my goal for the week is 1,000 words, that’s only 200 words for 5 days. One other tip that helps me is to work a little every day as this keeps the story and its many layers fresh. Looking forward to your next check-in, and I’m still in awe at your amazing building skills!

  5. Thanks, Beth. I’ve taken several of Holly’s workshops, and they’re great, so high hopes for this one. Totally with you on the writing a little bit each day (babysteps!), though I don’t do early. We’ll see how that goes – and thanks for keeping me accountable!

  6. The house looks fantastic. I can see how it sold so quickly. Good for you and what a load off your mind.
    Best wishes moving forward.

  7. Lovely house….lovely goals.

    I have Holly’s revision and flash fiction courses in progress, along with Pixels to Platform with DIY-MFA. One of my goals for this round is to finish P2P, and move forward with HTRYN.

    I love the flip. I’ve been binge-watching Fixer Upper on Hulu, and trying to psyche myself for some desperately needed home repairs and beautification. I could use to channel some of your skills. My husband died so quickly after his diagnosis, none of the things he wanted to finish got done.

  8. Shan, thanks so much! My inspiration isn’t obvious, is it? 🙂 I hope you find yours soon – and good luck with HTRYN. It’s a great workshop!

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