Meadow Arbor 1
It took a long time to find a renter for Meadow Arbor 1, but we are getting closer now. That may be surprising to you, but we eliminate a lot of potential renters with the process we go through to qualify them. They have to fill out an extensive application. Our background checks are rather thorough, as well, and you have to be able to actually pay. But a lot of folks aren’t even getting that far!
Our agent, Alba, reported that a lot of people made appointments and didn’t show up. She lives rather north of San Antonio, in Kyle, so it’s not only rude, it’s really inconvenient. We sure have appreciated her efforts to get it rented.
We always have the option of lowering the rent when things take a while, but the house was actually pretty well priced, and we did get applications. You just never know!
Meadow Arbor 2
Frank, our project manager, has his contractors all lined up for the renovation in Meadow Arbor 2. He has also made a detailed schedule, which should really help it move along rapidly. While the house is basically in good shape, there’s still a bit to do, both inside and outside!
There were a couple of bids for the work, one of which was lower and one that was a bit more. The contractor for the lower one was a friend of a friend kind of guy, and seems to have been intimidated by all the documents we ask contractors to sign (the Six Critical Documents, if you studied with the FortuneBuilders). He did not return the forms and stopped responding to inquiries. On the other hand, the contractor with the higher bid has a legitimate business and had no problem signing the forms, so he has the job. This is a great example of why you don’t always accept the lowest bid.
Frank is hoping the renovation will take about three to four weeks, with four workers on the job. This week is for demolition and exterior work, including prepping for paint. The plan is for that to take up the first week. There will be a lot of tree trimming and brush removal in this phase. That will make the house look different.
Carol picked colors for this house, too, and they will look great. The Interesting Aqua main color is more green than blue, as is the door color, Waterscape. A happy Marshmallow is the trim!
Thanks to Russell Mangum for the brush photo.