My House is Finally on the Market!

At long last, I am excited to announce my house is finally on the market. The info from the Realtor's website:

Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 2

CIRCA: 1981
Acres: 0.287

Livable SqFt: 1326
SqFt Basement Fin: 494
SqFt Basement Unfin: 338
Basement: Full, Outside Entry
Garage/Carport: None

Style: Ranch
Construction: Siding-Wood
Remarks: Bright, spacious, updated home. Master suite up and down, or second family room downstairs. Storage space in basement. Updates include: carpet, vinyl, exterior stucco, landscaping, front and rear deck, french doors, light fixtures, ceiling fans, appliances, countertops, driveway, woodstove, attic insulation, roof and more. Come see for yourself!

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Th lite! I Can Seez It. Itz jus ovur ther…

These last few weeks have been exhausting. I apologize for all but disappearing from my Vox neighborhood. I have read through postings but I just haven't had the energy to post comments or write my own stuff.

I honestly feel like I have been sprinting a marathon. The list I have to fix up the house just keeps getting longer. It's funny how that works. Just when I get most things crossed off I start noticing a whole bunch of other things to do.

The other problem is every time I start typing one of my cats comes over for attention. It's been rough on them too, all the people in and out, all the chaos… So of course I want to give them some attention and comfort.

Well, I am happy to say that I met with my Realtor on Thursday and did all the paperwork and my house officially goes on the market on Monday!

Yaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

He was very pleased with how it looks and thinks it's going to be a competitive seller. One similar house in my area sold within a month recently. Egads! There are others that have been on the market a bit longer, but most are selling within 4-6 months.

The advantage I have is how fabulous it looks cosmetically. All the improvements are really going to set it apart. Some of the other house that are priced comparably with similar square footage are PITS! It looks like the owners had not done anything for years. Dirty, old, ragged…

The disadvantage is that my house is a two-bedroom, two-bath so it won't appeal to families with several kids. There is a 400 sq foot unfinished part of the basement that could be made into another room if the new owners wanted, but then they'd lose the storage space.

So, I'll post the info from the web next week once it's online. I am thrilled at how everything is working out. Excited to start the new chapter in my life and live in a new place, but I will miss this cozy little house. It's got a lot of my heart.

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Outside of house painted… Check!

Of all the five million billion projects I'm doing to get my house ready to sell, I think the one with the biggest cosmetic bang is painting the outside of my house.

I live in a cabin, dark brown siding on top and stucco on the bottom. When I moved in the stucco was not looking great. See… Peeling right off so you could see the cinder blocks under the stucco. Not good.

So I patched all the crumbling spots with cement. The dark grey spots are the patches. Oh boy, don't you want to buy THIS house. It's beautious.


Better Homes and Gardens, here I come! A shoe-in for "Home of the Year" if I do say so myself.

But I worked up the courage and strength and tackled the outside with the stucco cocktail called Drylock. It is used for waterproofing walls as well as repairing broken parts, cracks, etc. Let me tell you… That Friggin stuff weighs 500 pounds a scoop. It's so heavy you can't apply it with a paint brush or a roller, you have to use an industrial strength wish broom or trowel. True. I did two walls last weekend and thought my arm was going to fall right off my body. Ouch. Finished the third wall on Saturday. Though it was HARD, I am pleased with the results. It's not a professional job, but I think it's pretty good and 150 times better than it was.

Ta Daaaaaaaa…

Even did the back wall even though it didn't really need it…

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Light Fixtures

Alrighty, for your viewing pleasure here are the before and after shots of my new light fixtures.

I replaced two other fixtures about two years ago plus had all the ceiling fans replaced and they all match pretty well with brown and black wood/metal features and white glass. There were three other fixtures in close proximity that truthfully I never even notice because I don't ever use those lights. But when my realtor walked through he said it looked funny that they had not been updated too. So I took his word for it and switched them out.

Here are the before photos. I call them Boring and Boring-er because they are… well… boring.


Just your basic, white light fixtures. Easy to see why I didn't notice them.

Here is the one I installed in their place. All three are the same to give it flow or connection.

I have to say they do look nice and I LOVE the shadow they throw on the ceiling. Very lantern-like. They are actually indoor/outdoor porch lights. If love love love them and want to go get your own, here's the box:


And… drumroll, please… Here's the best part:

I do love a bargain! They look great and they were dirt cheap. Woot woot!

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Project Update

Every.

Part.

Of.

My.

Body.

Hurts.

Every part. Even my eyelids. It's not funny. Stop laughing.

Big kudos going out to those people who do hard physical labor every day for 30 years. I give you mad props. Because the stuff I've been working on can't even really be considered "hard" and it's still grinding me into the ground.

So, here's my update:

Done

power wash decks…………………………..decks are done
paint lower part of house……………………85% done
landscaping…………………………………….done
add railing to downstairs deck………………done
replace 3 hallway lights………………………done
replace window glass (broken vs all)……….done
new carpet……………………………………….being installed Feb 4-6
new floor in kitchen…………………………….done
fix ice dispenser………………………………..done, thanks to the power outage
paint shelves in pantry white…………………done
new floor in downstairs bathroom……………done
add closet downstairs………………………….done

Not Yet

add window box to house…………………..not yet
fix broken rail upstairs deck…………………nope
caulk ceiling crack by wood stove…………not yet

Not Doing

paint trim on house………………………….no clue how I want it painted yet
power wash house…………………………..not doing house
fix driveway……………………………………..nope, but probably not going to
build up block wall……………………………nope, but probably not going to
paint living room & top part of stairwell……nope, but might get around to it at some point
replace sinks & toilets in bathrooms……….nope
replace bathroom light fixtures……………….nope

Some of the projects in my Not Doing list might actually get done. We'll see. I'm meeting with the Realtor on Feb. 7th to get it listed. I'll get his opinion on those projects to see if he thinks any of them will make a difference.

All I can say is I have a great sense of accomplishment for what I have done. I'm proud of myself for screwing up my courage and tackling projects that seemed daunting in my mind. I'm especially proud that I personally installed 5 light fixtures and two floors. Those were a pretty big deal for me though now that I've done them they seem like no big deal. Ha. Isn't that how it always works?

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Home Improvement Progress

power wash house & decks……………….decks are done, house has not been started yet
paint trim on house………………………….no clue how I want it painted yet
paint lower part of house……………………ditto
add window box to house…………………..not yet
fix driveway……………………………………..nope
build up block wall……………………………nope
landscaping…………………………………….done
fix broken rail upstairs deck…………………nope
add railing to downstairs deck………………starting tomorrow
replace 3 hallway lights………………………not yet
caulk ceiling crack by wood stove…………not yet
paint living room & top part of stairwell……nope
replace window glass (broken vs all)……….done
new carpet……………………………………….not yet
new floor in kitchen…………………………….nope
fix ice dispenser………………………………..nope
paint shelves in pantry white…………………done
replace sinks & toilets in bathrooms……….nope
replace bathroom light fixtures……………….nope
new floor in downstairs bathroom…………….not yet
add closet downstairs………………………….starting tomorrow

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