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.



  1. Sorry you had to deal with the deadbeats. Glad you got them out before the place got trashed. Looks like a nice location with water views and a pool..should make your break time more enjoyable lol

    1. Thank you. Mike and I were very happy that there was no real destruction.

  2. I cannot believe how lazy people are!!! Why not move the furniture out when you paint? Isn't that the way it is supposed to be done???!!! And close the darn windows when it rains! Jeeze! I do like the lights in the bathroom. I cannot believe they didn't paint all four sides...but if they won't even move furniture out from the wall to paint, I guess they won't do that fourth wall. I also can't believe they trashed that carpet so badly in such a short period of time! Even with three small kids and dogs, mine didn't look that bad after 10 years! I do know that you and Mike will get it back in shape. You do such nice you hire out? I have a "few" things I need to do around my house. :D IAW

    1. That's the move out effect. People do all kinds of crazy things. We once watched a show where people painted around a planter that was on the patio. I know. That was a good carpet too. It just smelled and looked so bad that we decided not to even try to have to cleaned.

      We'll add you to our list of Honey Do lists:) Mike's mother has her order in for next summer, lol.

  3. Were they renting to own? It's a shame how they painted around furniture and got paint on the carpets. I had the same thing when I bought my house. They wallpapered around furniture!!!

    1. Yes it was rent to own.

      Don't people think they will ever move their furniture?

  4. I know all about that painting only what you can see and around the furniture, my first house we found that after move in day. So very lazy. Sorry you had to get this one back, this was the first flip back a few years ago right? I think you had both houses on CD. Anyway, economy is better and hopefully the house will go fast.

    1. It's also bad because even if you like the paint you would have a heck of a time trying to match it.

      Yes this is the first house I posted about. It is also here on the House Flip 1 link.

      We will price it to move it:)

  5. Wow....isn't it amazing how just a piece of cardboard under the paint can could have prevented the destruction of that carpet in the blue room?
    LIke everyone else, I'm sorry to hear that this rent to own went belly up. I guess if you had to get the Sheriff involved, it didn't go well....but thankfully, they didn't trash the place, though I guess you'll still invest almost another Grand into it, to get it back in "to sell" shape. How is the outside?

    How far is this place from the house you've been working on....maybe you can contact that Realtor's wife...LOL!!!

    Looking forward to reading about both houses!

    1. My new favorite saying is "preparation is key":)

      We are happy that it isn't as bad as it could have been but it is heartbreaking to see what happened in three short years. The new carpet alone will be about $4000.00 and we need a new dishwasher.

      The outside is filthy. I will be pressure washing for days while Mike works on the pool. Some pool equipment is missing. We will be buying new things tomorrow.

      It is around the corner on the next block. Talk about an easy commute, lol.

      We have a Realtor who we have worked with for years. She is on standby:)

  6. Wow, you must feel so violated, after all your hard work....I feel violated for you. I guess it could have been worse. I bet you will sell it quickly, now that the market is picking up.

    1. is kind of sad to go back into a house that was so fresh and new feeling and looking not so long ago.

      We will get it back into shape and our realtor is excited to get this listing.