Nessie the Flip House: Week 3

August 18, 2017 | Misc

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  Check in each Friday to see weekly update of how this house progresses!  To catch up on the progress on Nessie, check out her previous posts here.  If you’re new here (Hello!!!),  or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 6 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride!!

This is one of those not so glamorous or showy weeks where I really have nothing to show you.  Some demo happened, but most of what happened was trying to get everything together for the town to approve the renovations and give me a building permit.  2 trips to the building department later, I had to get an asbestos test done on a wall (came back negative), I need to have an architect friend do a few quick structural drawings so we can take down the wall we want to, and it’s looking like there’s no easy way for me to add on even a portico to the front of the house.  Sad trombone.  I had high hopes for the curb appeal here, but due to the lot type and how close the house is to the street, any structure (even a portico) would have to go through the zoning board, neighbor approval, and a waiting period which would take about 3 months.  Considering we’re hoping to be selling around then, it’s unfortunate.  We’re going to be improving the landscaping, so that should still have an impact..

Speaking of curb appeal, I found this in the mailbox yesterday:

The current mailbox- which I haven’t touched btw- is located on the house next to the front door.  Looks like we’ll be getting a post and mailbox very soon because they’re not going to deliver our mail until then.  #mailhostage

 

I’m already cursing previous renovations, though.  We’ve discovered walls that have NO studs, loose wiring behind cabinets, cut off wiring inside a wall, a ceiling over a ceiling, and a hanging lightbulb above a drop ceiling, just to start with.  As Hubby likes to say, most problems we uncover are easily fixed if you rub a little money on it (aka by hiring the right people).  There’s a reason I always wait to buy the fun stuff until we know how much of our budget is going to go into electrical, structural, plumbing, and the necessary but not so pretty stuff.  While my budget never enjoys the ‘domestic archeology’ phase of uncovering all the issues, we usually find a little something fun that makes me smile.  In this case it was an iron burn on the original kitchen subfloor.  Considering this part of the house dates to 1920, I have a feeling this is from around then.

 

 

I also got more quotes this week.  3 kitchen quotes and I’m waiting on formal quotes from 3 landscapers.  The good news is that I will hopefully have TONS to show you next week.  I’m getting antsy… I’m ready to make this house happen!!!

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