“Remodeling is like pulling a loose thread on a cheap sweater – the job keeps unraveling”. -Margo Kaufman
One of the best things about home ownership is that you aren’t paying money to a bank and not seeing the equity. One of the bad things about home ownership is that you’re on the hook to either pay someone to fix stuff or you figure out how to do it yourself.
We purchased this 1940’s built home back in 2006. It was a ‘flip’ investment project so the work was done by people looking to take a property, put lipstick on it and sell it for hopefully a profit. However, after doing a little research we found that the flippers had gone overboard with the fixing and were not going to make much of a profit. We didn’t get the house for a steal but it was a decent price. Until 2 years later when the housing marketing took a big hit with that mess on Wall Street. We’ve since recovered from that…sorta.
This past week and weekend it was doing some fun home repair stuff. We have a Sears Kenmore brand oven that had a few cosmetic things that needed to be repaired. During my college days I spent a summer working at a Sears parts store where consumers would come in to pick up parts for their lawnmowers, dryers, dishwashers. My job was to figure out what they had brought in, sometimes it was easy to figure out as the part number was in plain sight other times it took some research. We had microfiche back then, no intraweb to plug in questions to get answers. We’d look at the schematics and determine what parts were what, walk to the back storage room to a bin and bring it back up. I learned so much about understanding dimensional drawings.
From the Sears website I was able to order the parts I needed and look at how to replace them. Spending about 2 hours on each and the stove looks great! It doesn’t look brand new but the ugly rusty build up is gone.
Over the weekend it was a small tile grout job. We have a 2nd bathroom that the floor has had some grout missing pretty much since we moved in. We neglected it and decided to tackle that work. 4 trips to the home store for supplies and an order from Amazon along with some sweat equity, I’m that much closer to finishing up that floor. It’s not perfect but it looks much better than before.
We have a list of things we want/need to do all around this old house. The thing is we want to do them now, mostly because we can afford it more now than once I stop working full time where we won’t have the extra money to do those repairs. Also, why would we not want to enjoy new flooring for the next 4 years?
But yes, once you start it just keeps going. Especially on older homes.
Next up…cracks in the walls.