Monday, December 30, 2013

Re Flip...Getting The House Back...Evaluating and Painting

Helo everyone.  I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Ours was a bit stressful but we are now back in control.:)  I apologize for being behind in my answers to your comments.  I promise to get back to you by tonight:)

One of the houses we sold three years ago is now ours again.  To make a long story short we have been dealing with this for over two months and we just got the tenants(supposed to be owners) out on Saturday night.  We met with a Sheriff at the house to make sure no real damage was done.  Thankfully there was no real destruction to the house.

Mike and I plan on working on this house for about two weeks.

So for now...the stories will be our "re flip".   Some of you will remember this house:)

What we found when we walked in on Saturday with the Deputy.  The paint looks OK...maybe we can wash the walls and have the carpets cleaned:

A little blue:

The second bath looks OK:

A missing handle.  Mike can fix that:)

Eww...we will have to change this color:

I don't think this stain will be able to be cleaned:

The master bedroom is OK just some damage to the wall that was behind the bed:

Carpets need cleaning:

Day one on the re flip.

It's like deja vu.  Mike has a thing about the "move out" effect.  Many people never consider this.  When you see a house with colors on the wall, paintings and all the furniture it may look fantastic.  When all the possessions are taken out you now have the "move out" effect.  Let me show you what I mean:

Here is a part of the wall that was behind a piece of furniture.  It was only painted as far as they could reach behind that piece of furniture:

So Mike went around the house filling in all the holes in the walls from pictures and curtain rods while I started cleaning the kitchen:

Some rain must have come inside the windows and buckled part of the wall beneath.  Mike scraped it down and spackled it:

Another spot beneath a window:

Behind the master bed there were some gouges:

So yes there is always a lot of things that you don't see in a house when people move out and that is the "move out effect".

Time to get some paint on.  The blue room first since this will need two coats.  Base coat going on.  Oh and the outlet and switch covers have been painted into the wall.  I will have to pry them off, clean them and put them back on the freshly painted rooms:

It's getting brighter:

One coat down:

Doing a first coating the master bathroom which has a very dark color for that small room.  Hmm...either they ran out of paint or didn't want to finish painting the whole room?

The lights look OK right?  This is the view from the doorway:

The opposite view.  They only painted the three sides that you would see from the door:

Getting rid of the dark.  It's just too dark for such a small room:

Next we break out the real wall paint and get started on any of the walls that didn't need spackle.  In the master.  This room also had a wall that furniture was in front of when it was painted a color.  That is the white patch on the right side:

These stripes looked kind of nice when the people had furniture here.  Upon closer inspection that was not the case.  Mike getting rid of the stripes:

I guess the stripes were done by freehand and lines drawn in with ink??  They are wavy and crooked so they have to go:

It's cleaning up.  It's a shame Mike and I really didn't want to have to repaint the house but the color just looked dingy when the house was bare.  We cannot stand a dingy house.

Painting the back room:

Mike does all the rolling while I do all the cut in.  One good thing about other people painting is they don't always paint all the trim and sills, lol.  Well that was good for me:)  Not all of the insides of the windows and doorways got painted.  Works for me.

Mike and I are beat.  It was a long few days and now we have to move on this house.  We never planned on getting it back but life happens and you move on.  We have a lot of painting to do and then we can move outside.

Sorry for interrupting your regularly scheduled show but we will return in a couple of weeks with the Florida Flip.  I will post about the re flip on the same days, Mondays and Thursdays until we are done.

Have a great week and I will write again on Thursday.