I’m always surprised when I run into people who know my house. A mom from the volleyball club underwrote our loan. She saw pictures. “What a beautiful place.”
A fellow at church wanted to know if we lived in the big, modern, white house. He inspected the electrical work out here and made sure his wife came along so she could see it.
Then there’s the lady from the county who just laughed when I tried to get our assessed value down to what we paid for this place rather than what they have on the books. “I have pictures,” she said. “You got a great deal.”
All these people love the house and are captivated by the view, and I agree with them 100 percent. But…
While it’s a beautiful space, it is 20 years old and it needs more than a little work.
Last week was a banner week. We closed on the sale of our old house, and now we will get busy on some of the major problems of our new place.
What you need a little paint? Maybe some new carpet? Your furniture doesn’t work? Oh no, those are the easy fixes, we have more critical things needing our attention.
These aren’t surprises; we went into this with eyes wide open. Sometimes it’s still a little overwhelming; and like a dropped stitch in a sweater, it just keeps unraveling.
One reason we got such a great deal on this place was the condition of the siding. The proper flashing wasn’t installed around all those windows, so now we have water damage.
You can see where the water runs down from the windows on the girls’ wing.
Someone tried to power wash the siding and damaged it further. Just take a look.
Along with the siding issues, the paint is flaking and the door frames are decaying throughout the house. A screw driver should never do this.
In case you’re worried. This is a picture from our home inspection not me further damaging the door frame.
The Mister has scraped paint, sanded and touched up around the doors, but fixing the siding seemed to be our top priority. So he called out a siding guy to come take a look. While the siding needs work, that can’t happen until the deck gets fixed.
I’m thankful it’s not the upper deck which wraps around most of the main floor, but the lower deck in need of help. Water has been collecting around the hot tub and now we have rotten wood that needs to be replaced.
All that water has also caused the soffit underneath the deck to collapse.
Here’s the full effect.
This is not the look we’re going for. And what’s truly frightening is how quickly conditions can plummet. The soffit was still intact last August when we had the home inspected, and now it’s lying on the ground.
While I like to focus on changes that make the house more beautiful and functional for me, I have to give priority to work that will keep it standing. We are expecting a detailed bid for the deck repair later this week. I’m hoping the work can start soon.
Once the deck is repaired, we can start on the siding. Then there’s painting. We need to get rid of the rust on the handrails.
This is just a short list of some things that need to happen outside. Just wait till we get to the list for the inside. And I didn’t even talk about the landscaping and plans we have for the property. Our to-do list extends for miles.
The Mister hates it when I show the ugly side of our home, so I’ll end this with a picture of my view today.
What’s on your list for this spring? Do you have major renovations planned? How about a new garden or a room redo? I’d love to hear what you’re up to.