You guys might remember that I mentioned we were going to rent out the home we previously lived in before we moved here to Arizona. We were going to fix it up, get a home improvement loan to do so, rent it out and then eventually move back there upon retirement (when and if, LOL).
That plan got a bit thwarted by the fact that to get a home improvement loan to fix up the house, one of the stipulations were that you couldn't rent it. If the bank found out it was rented, they could call the loan and demand full payment then and there. So there went that plan.
After much consideration, the best decision was to sell the house since we didn't want to leave it empty and we couldn't come up with the money to pay off the loan and then be able to rent it out.
So this past week we went back to see the work that had been done. We had new windows put in, flooring, painting inside and out, lots of cosmetic work that it needed. The guy who did the work did a fantastic job, along with the subcontractors who did the flooring and the painting. I should have taken before pictures before we moved, but it was such a stressful time we didn't. All the pictures I have that show before have Koda in them and I just couldn't post a picture of him. Some of you might remember the shag carpeting that was there before.
We were pleasantly surprised at how it all came out.
This is right when you walk into the front door. Bright and open.
Kitchen. New flooring. Counter top and cabinets the same, just spruced up a bit. New dishwasher (stove was about 3 years old).
Back den area. Wall to the left of the sliding glass window was where I had my computer area and work area.
Master bedroom. New mirror doors on the closet.
Hubby's music room, actually the second of three bedrooms in the house. Looks out to garage door that is opened.
Outdoor paint. The before color was kind of gray. I kind of liked that better, but the green works. You can see at the bottom of the picture what looks like dirt. There between the two bedrooms (two windows representative) was a plantar box that was about 3-4 feet high and about 3-4 feet wide. It was cement. Problem was it wasn't sealed properly so when it rained, water would seep into the bedrooms. We thought there would be mold in the walls, but there was not. Contractor ripped out the whole plantar and assessed for mold or other damage. There was none. There were 10,000 pounds of concrete and 6000 pounds of dirt there that was dug out (he knew for sure because when he hauled the stuff away to the dump, it had to be measured to assess charge for dumping). He's going to pour cement in that dirt area.
Since son had known the house from when his grandparents lived there and had helped clear it out and lived there for 2 years, we felt it was fitting he come to see the house before it sold, so that's why he and his girlfriend came along with us (plus we had tons of fun spending time with them).
The house is officially on the market. So much has changed since the last time we sold a house 9 years ago in Montana. Our realtor here said a lot of people look online first for a house so it is important to get quality pictures online for houses on the market. They have a professional photographer who comes and takes the pictures with lighting, etc. She also said that there are people who don't want to deal with realtors and will just purchase a house online without even seeing it in person (that would be hard, I would have to see it).
So this chapter is going to be closing really soon, but excited about the next chapter that will be opening as we'll be more than likely looking for a house here.......and as part of looking a house here......we might be opening up our hearts......to a corgi..............