Okay – as promised, here are some pics from my first flip house I did a few years ago. These pictures were on an old computer and I realized that I haven’t looked at them in over a year! It was fun going through all of them again. My apologies for the length of this post, so you may want to come back when you have time to read it (if you are reading it at work!)
This was a foreclosure house and had gone up for auction. I attended the auction to check it out, but the bank won the bid (the only bid, really). It then went on the market and I went over the my real estate agent friend.
Some of the pictures of the house: The living room.
While the cupboards were a little charming, there was about 8 inches of space from the bottom and the counter, which means you could not put any appliances on it. And you should be glad you couldn’t smell this place. Pet urine. Not to mention the surprise in the kitchen, which is where a good bit of odor was coming from. I opened up the pantry (just to the left of the above picture) to find this:
Seriously, if you were in here, you couldn’t close the door while using the toilet. The term ‘pantry toilet’ has actually become part of our inside joke vocabulary from this project
Nice of the listing agent to say this was a 1.5 bath house, too. 🙄
The upstairs bath:
The linoleum around the toilet was sagging from rot and there was mold everywhere.
There were beautiful hardwood floors in all the rooms. Or at least beauty was possible.
This house was really the ideal flip candidate. Most of the work was just cosmetic. It had great structure and original woodwork, plus cool glass knobs on the doors. I finagled with the bank and got the house with the stipulation they remove all the junk (which they did).
I did the majority of the work myself. I had a room by room breakdown of what I wanted to do and had priced it out so I could stick to my budget. The only things I had done by someone else were the roof, sanding down of the floors, some new electrical outlets and removal of the pantry toilet cast iron waste pipe.
I spent a *lot* of time just cleaning up the place. Once the carpet was removed, wallpaper was stripped and all the woodwork was cleaned, it smelled so much better. I also noted that underneath the pink tile floor in the dining room was hardwood, so I ripped up all the tile and under layment. That was the most physically difficult day. I was so sore and tired from that. I had to do it myself to keep on budget! I was obsessed with my budget.
The most emotionally difficult day for the flip was me trying to sand the floors. Keep in mind there were 3 bedrooms, the living room and dining room that needed sanding. There were years and years and years of varnish buildup, so my rented floor sander was clogging up constantly after going a few feet. I was in tears because I couldn’t get the job done and I didn’t know what to do. It would have cost a mint to have the whole house refinished. I think I called John several times that day in tears. After making some phone calls, I was able to find a company willing to come out and just sand the floors down for me for $1000. I would have spent probably that much in sanding disks, not to mention many days of frustration. They got in and out in 2 days. They were also nice enough to lay down the initial coat of poly and resand it (must have felt sorry for me). That first coat raises the wood grain up and has to be sanded down again prior to using the poly for the final coats. The things you learn.
My first real moment of “What did I really get myself into” came after gutting the kitchen.
The sink faucet it still hooked up here because there was no shut off valve in the piping, only the master shut off for the house (I had that added).
Scary, eh? Well – the transformation was wonderful.
The dining room:
The kitchen (I even managed to squish a dishwasher in there):
The upstairs bath:
I still can’t believe I did this myself! It is one of those things that I am most proud of having done. I was waaaaay out of my comfort zone and I did so many things that I never thought I could do. Girl Power!!!
I did one other house and then the housing market fell apart. I really wish I could still be flipping houses, but the financing market is terrible for flippers right now.
I could have talked tons more about everything, but I don’t need a novel. Thanks for reading!
And yes – I am for hire