Good news is that we have accepted an offer on the Blue Ridge house, which will be our first property we’ve done as a company (though we’ve done LOTS separately). The house looks pretty darned good!
We learned a lot and dealt with some challenges on the project, but in the end, some family will have a great place to live.
We also have talked to neighbors about perhaps buying THEIR houses, so we may well be back again sometime soon.
On the other hand, some things are just beyond our control.
We also have been working hard to finish one of the projects Lee and Sue Ann started before Hermit Haus came to be. We’ve mentioned this “granny suite” that is behind a larger house in earlier posts. We’ve had to start and stop work on it as we have funds and workers available. This was to be our last week. The house has been looking good.
Our contractor team has done a really fine job of painting the interiors, putting in trim and doors, putting down flooring and tiling the bathrooms. With the all-new everything (including windows, walls, stairs, electrical, plumbing), it’s sparkling.
But the house is behind another house on the end of a road, with nothing but soccer fields behind it. That made it very easy for some enterprising folks to pry open a window and take all the paint, tools, and electrical stuff OUT of the house last night. Now we are set back another week while repairs are made and new equipment purchased.
What lesson do we learn from this one? Make sure your house under renovation has INSURANCE. Most lenders will want proof of insurance anyway, but even if (or especially if) you’re paying for it yourself, get insurance. Stuff happens. Sigh.
Update: They are back to work and cabinets are in! This is looking pretty darned good.
(Thanks to Tony G for the photos of Villa Park.)