Life has been a blur lately. It is a little better with only 1 job and the rehab, though – so there is that. We are trying to do that last push to get the kitchen done so we can move in. That and the shower upstairs are the things that have to be done before we move in. I had been going in and working from the new house and then would do rehab stuff when work got slow, but today the roofers were at the house and a chimney sweep and I knew it would be too noisy for me to concentrate with work, so I stayed at the current house with my work partner:
It’s been pretty bleak on the selling side. There just is not any activity in the market and our open house was a bust. It’s just not a great time to list a house. The right buyer will come along at some point, but it could be many months down the road.
We escaped with major costs in other places in the new house, but the roof and the chimney are what hit the pocketbook. The slate repairs are expensive (but hopefully we won’t ever have to worry about the roof again). This is not a job I would want to do:
That’s 3 floors up from the back of the house. Yikes! There are 3 spots getting fixed. One is the house roof itself and then replacing the roof on the back and front stoops. Closeup of the slate that will be going up:
Also, we need a new chimney liner to the tune of $2-3K. The chimney is used for venting the boiler for the radiator system, as well as the gas fireplace, so it has to get done. Sometimes it just makes you angry at how poorly some people treat their homes. Delayed maintenance will get you every time… or get us, in this case.
Fun stuff lately: I received a nice gift in the mail that was unexpected. FB friend Rachel sent me a book to read to help decompress from the renovations and work stuff:
Very sweet gesture and just about makes me forgive her for being a Steelers fan 😉
John got me a little present just for fun when he was ordering something else for himself:
My sister and her family went to Maine, where Colleen had to buy this for us because of the name:
Latest rehab projects:
Working on the cabinet doors for the radiator cabinet:
Removing the middle of the doors for this step, which was kind of fun and no turning back now 😀
Also, the countertop is going in:
Our mantra is “We will get through this, right?” 😀