Our New House and it's Progress

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    Jun 24, 2009 3:39 AM GMT
    It has a lot of work



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    Jun 24, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    Give me ideas on what we can do with a VERY small budget to make this home beautiful again
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:20 AM GMT



    LOL! A fair bit of work for you guys!

    Did you buy it or rent it?




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    Jun 24, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    Chop down all those bushes and other greenery. It's overtaking the house.

    Paint the outside. Check Craigslist for free paint. Sometimes people buy too much paint and they don't know what to do with the leftovers.
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
    meninlove said


    LOL! A fair bit of work for you guys!

    Did you buy it or rent it?






    rent, we get first 3 months free and it's only 400 dollars month after that
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:24 AM GMT
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:28 AM GMT



    Well then, your landlord should repair the roof, rather than you guys demolishing anything.

    Three months rent-free in exchange for a lot of elbow-grease and beautification?

    Lots of questions - sorry!

    Has anyone checked the furnace and ductwork (is it clean?) How about your hot water tank?


    Oh brave men! lol! (you'll be fine :winkicon_smile.gif

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    Jun 24, 2009 4:33 AM GMT


    Well then, your landlord should repair the roof, rather than you guys demolishing anything.

    Three months rent-free in exchange for a lot of elbow-grease and beautification? yes and a low rent

    Lots of questions - sorry!

    Has anyone checked the furnace and ductwork (is it clean?) How about your hot water tank? no


    Oh brave men! lol! (you'll be fine :winkicon_smile.gif

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    Jun 24, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    Paint inside and out is probably the quickest way to make a house look 100% better. Clear out the trash, and just decorate. Have fun!! The most important thing you can do for a long time investment is MAINTAIN!! Don't let things go as they will pile up faster than you think.

    P.S. I thought you bought it instead of renting. So yeah get the landlord to pay for that stuff (paint) icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidPaint inside and out is probably the quickest way to make a house look 100% better. Clear out the trash, and just decorate. Have fun!! The most important thing you can do for a long time investment is MAINTAIN!! Don't let things go as they will pile up faster than you think.

    P.S. I thought you bought it instead of renting. So yeah get the landlord to pay for that stuff icon_eek.gif


    Nope, i believe he inherited it and has no money or time to put into it
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    Jun 24, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
    adaminmarietta saidNope, i believe he inherited it and has no money or time to put into it
    You would think he would just sell it or at least rent to own. Any leaks should be the first order of business. Knowing how much it rains in Atlanta, leaks are the quickest way to ruin any work you put into it.
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    Jun 24, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
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    adaminmarietta saidNope, i believe he inherited it and has no money or time to put into it
    You would think he would just sell it or at least rent to own. Any leaks should be the first order of business. Knowing how much it rains in Atlanta, leaks are the quickest way to ruin any work you put into it.


    yes that is our first order of biz
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    Jun 25, 2009 6:11 AM GMT
    Ok we ripped down a wall and painted theliving room white today
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    Jun 25, 2009 8:13 AM GMT
    Whoa`


    Demolish it and start over......

    Hmmm you will end up doing almost that.

    Good Luck!!
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    Jun 25, 2009 8:16 AM GMT
    mistic_man saidWhoa`


    Demolish it and start over......

    Hmmm you will end up doing almost that.

    Good Luck!!


    We don't own the house
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    Jun 25, 2009 1:18 PM GMT
    Wow - you guys have taken on a big challenge. I admire your courage. On a practical note: before you spend much money at all fixing up the place, make sure your lease is long enough for you recoup what you put into it. Otherwise, you could find yourselves fixing it up, only to have the landlord demand a higher rent based on the work you did or deciding to sell the place once it's improved and more presentable. You should also make sure you have the landlord's written consent for any alterations you make. Otherwise, he may be able to use unauthorized changes to the house as a pretext for throwing you out.
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    Jun 25, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
    Haha "we bringing Jesus up in here" lol.

    You for sure have lots of work to do but its nothing that cant be done right. Just make sure you prime before you paint since it is so dark in there and if you like a little bit of country feel you can buy the thin pine tongue and groove board to put in a room or two. Sure it will cost a little more but its much better than painting and ads a lot of character. Make sure you dont have any plumbing leaks!
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    Jun 25, 2009 2:25 PM GMT
    Is this house in a proper area? Like if you fixed it up and acquired it from your landlord eventually, could it sell for a good amount? If it is and can sell for a good amount, start to put work into it, if not, and you're just trying to make it "liveable", just check the basics and ensure that your landlord realizes his/her role in the process.
    Also, if you do plan to purchase it in the future, take what you can from the landlord, if he/she is willing to repair parts of it, id suggest take the money he/she would put into it and add some of your own money in to upgrade their (landlords) basic repairs.
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    Jun 25, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    Well interesting situation indeed. Knowing me, I'd see what I could get the landlord to do in terms of an exchange for rent. It would tell me alot about the person... if he/she really didn't care about the property or gave you any flexibility in improvements.

    If the person shows no interest in the improvement of his property, I'd be tempted not to do anything beyond what is necessary to live in the place.
    Would you ever "rent to own" or be interested in ownership of the place?
    Lots to ask first, then decide what.. or if you wanted to do "improvements".
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    Jun 26, 2009 8:33 AM GMT
    adaminmarietta saidIt has a lot of work



    DAY 2



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    Jun 27, 2009 8:21 AM GMT
    Just put in wall today! I am hurting so bad
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    Jun 29, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    ok, so today we painted another room and took the old bathtub out
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    Jun 29, 2009 5:20 AM GMT





    Wow, you guys are DETERMINED and we love that!

    ....steel toed stillettos and stud-finders, lol!
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    Jun 29, 2009 5:52 AM GMT
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    I wish you guys much luck. There is no way that I would have ever attempted that. Before getting yourself into such a thing, I would of recommended asking the owner to pay for a building inspector to see what would be necessary to get it up to code before moving in. But it is obviously too late for that.


    Try Freecycle to see if you can get some free stuff that way:

    http://www.freecycle.org/

    I don't know what state you are in but you might also want to check to see if there is a restore near you:

    http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx
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    Jul 01, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
    Thanks for all of the support guys, now who wants to come pitch in? LOL