Wanna know where I don’t see all these things? In the actual back yards of actual people, or to be more specific, in the back yards of people who don’t have a dedicated groundskeeping and housekeeping staff.
I hope everyone is reading and enjoying the blogs and the Facebook pages and posts! We love to hear from you guys and gals! Today, I want to talk about something that most people experience at least once in their life, and that is the decision to buy a house. My husband and I have actually been very fortunate in the housing department. Our first house belonged to my parents and was a true fixer upper. We could stay there as long as we kept the taxes paid and tried to work on it. Most of my knowledge on carpentry came from that house. Then my husband’s mother left him her home in 2006, which is where we currently live. Lucky, right?
Well maybe not entirely. Both houses have needed extensive repairs, and in both situations we had to move what we could out of the house little by little to move our stuff in. As much as we appreciated the houses and we even loved them, they were never our home. We did not pay for them, even though we put a lot of money and time into them. They always felt like someone else’s house.
We have made the decision to buy our own house. We will be first-time home buyers, and should be paying the mortgage off just in time to retire. I can definitely get behind that idea. The house that we live in now is a 1983 model double-wide that was not put together correctly so there is no way to fix the roof apparently, and those things just weren’t made to last forever. I won’t go over the laundry list of what is wrong, but I have gotten a second and third opinion that we would be better off buying a new house. I like mobile homes, and that is what my plan was as far as a new house. But I have since fallen in love with a place that I want to call home. That has turned my mind off of mobile homes. This is our first public announcement that we are on the road to becoming first-time home buyers. We welcome any advice at all from everyone, and I think it will be a really cool thing to walk with everyone step by step through the process from now until the house warming. So far, there is nothing to show as far as having the house decided on, but that can change quickly.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that I have a few opinions on decorating. Actually, all of us at Hermit Haus do, based on our experience buying and selling real estate, or in Carol’s case, working with home buyers and sellers as a real estate agent. We all watch a lot of home decorating shows, read a lot of magazines, and look at what’s in the big box and specialty stores. A lot. That leads to opinions.
Of course, there are always features that turn buyers on and off. They change as time goes on. (I have another blog post brewing about why we folks keep insinuating that we have to get rid of anything that’s good quality, just over five years old.) Anyway, yesterday I came across a Facebook post by one of my fellow real estate investor friends with a link to this fine article on the 15 Most Hated Home Decorating Trends That Need to Die in 2017. Die? Are they death-worthy?
I gleefully devoured the post, which is less annoyingly filled with ads on the phone than on the computer. Then I stewed on it. I totally agree that some of today’s trends will not hold up long. Others just might. So, I thought I’d share the items on the list, along with my reactions, based on my experience and gut feelings. Which trends do I overdo? Which do I reject?
Here are the first few!
So as you heard from Sue Ann, we have had all kinds of adventures in repairs the last few weeks. The first thing was the electricity getting damaged by the storm, and now that is fixed! Then the air conditioning woes of the Andress offices upstairs, and finally the water line being damaged in the repairs of the electricity. The plumber came out this morning and was able to squeeze us in for this afternoon to run a new water line for us. He said it would not be that much more expensive to replace the line than to repair and patch for now. So rather than pay for it twice, he is doing some exploratory digging and will be replacing the line this afternoon!
We will be able to water our faithful and loving green friends, I will be able to finish cleaning like I started last week, and we will have a working bathroom again! Yay! I did manage to finish the cleaning to the bathroom last week, so at least it will be nice and clean when we arm wrestle to see who “goes” first. Maybe not arm wrestle. There is another bathroom upstairs and the faithful rusty vent in the shower (Yes, I wrote “in the shower”) will have the bathroom nice and chilly.
I have lunch on Mondays with a small group of fellow real estate investors. Some of them refer to it as a “Master Mind Group”, but I prefer to think of it as an “Accountability Group.” Semantics aside, I have to say that verbally committing to tasks and then having to report on my completion of them has really helped me build momentum around the day-to-day tasks that go into this business. We share and compare ideas, challenge each other to raise our sights in whatever we’re doing, but most importantly, we hold each other accountable for what we said we were going to do the previous week.
One idea that arose out of the group a couple of weeks ago was the importance of journaling at night as a way of reviewing the day’s activity. I started keeping a “done list” as sort of a cheat sheet for what I was getting accomplished during the day. Instead of simply marking tasks off my To-Do list, I deliberately write out what I just finished doing. Not only did this help me start to realize that I really am getting a lot done during the day, but there is very different kind of satisfaction in writing them out rather than marking them off.
My version of journaling consists of Tim Ferris’ 5 minute journal. Check it out!