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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Floors

Here are some shots of my new kitchen and bathroom floors.

The old kitchen floor still looked pretty good. The reason I switched it is that I got a new counter top about two years ago called something like mocha chocolatte or something like that. I love it. It's got lots of brown and black and cream tones. My kitchen floor, unfortunately, was a gray slate color. Not so much matching. Not so much blending cohesively. Lots of weird double takes. So, I picked out a new beige stone type floor and I think it looks fabulous. It really brightens up the room. The only draw back is that it shows dirt so much more than the old floor. Eek!

The lighting is weird in all these photos. Some seem too yellow, some seem too white. So I posted both because the truth is somewhere in between.

 

Now, I soooooooo wish I had taken a before picture of the bathroom floor but I plum forgot. It was a mess. It had paint and caulk smeared all over it. The area behind the toilet was the worst part. It looked like a caulk gun exploded. There were huge globs of solid caulk all around the floor behind the toilet. Whoever did that should be shot. It was really horrible. Alas, no before's, but here's the after. It's amazing what a difference something as simple as a floor can make. Again, weird yellow/white light issues. It's somewhere in between.

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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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Busy Busy Busy Like a Bee

Egads, I've been a slacker Voxer lately! Just lots of stuff going on, no excuses.

I'm in the final push towards getting my house on the market, so I've been working on lots of projects. Painting, staining, replacing light fixtures, a little electrical work (thanks, Joe!), arranging for new carpet, putting down new floors, getting a new closet built & equipped. Yeah, man. It's been a lot of work, but also fun.

Hopefully my house will be on the market in the first half of February. Then, fingers crossed, it will sell within six months. I am optimistic. Despite the housing crunch we've heard so much about, our part of Virginia is actually growing. Plus my house will be in the under 200K price range which are generally selling in approximately six months – or, as my Realtor puts it, there is a six month supply of homes under 200K.

He recently said that there are only 168 single family homes in the entire city/county area under 200K, that's gotta increase my odds a bit. There are tons of townhomes & duplexes in my price range, but not too many single family homes. Plus my house is darn cute. I would buy it! Oh yeah, I already did. Ha.

I'll post before and after pictures as projects are finished.

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