- Remodeled the main floor bathroom
- New windows on the second floor
- Remodel/refacing of the kitchen
- New windows on the first floor including enlarging one window in the dining area.
- LOTS of new paint....like everywhere
- New front door
- New patio door
One of our favorite projects has been taking a small single window in the dining area and expanding it out to a double window. It's our only south facing window so we get so much more light into the main floor now.
Now don't even try to start estimating how much we've put into this place already. It's kinda (really) depressing when you look at it from strictly a dollars and cents perspective. It's more exciting to think about what this place was like when we started and see how far we've gotten and how it will help us earn a small bit of income each month while we are traveling.
We determined a year or so back that it makes sense to turn this place into a rental property. We already own one. The market was in a crappy place when we wanted to sell my townhouse after I moved in with Mark but looking back I'm actually happy that we decided to rent instead of sell since now we are earning a bit of income from it every month while building equity.
We knew from the start this was going to be a serious investment but we do live in a nice, pretty quiet neighborhood just outside Minneapolis that's close enough to all the basic necessities and far enough from "the 'hood". A lot of our neighbors are quiet, young couples or young families.
All new siding! I have a lot of great things to say about the guys from Builders and Remodelers that did both our downstairs windows and the siding. Great crew, good communication and you can just tell they actually care about their customers. Call them if you have a project. Talk to Bryan, he's our guy :)
This has been taking place while we've been gone during the day so it's pretty fun to come home after work and see the progress that's been made. A crew of two guys have been working on it and they clearly have a lot of experience and have worked with us to resolve a number of exterior issues that come with having an old, flipped house.
I would have never guessed that I would get into the "game" of owning rental properties but it seems to be working out that way for us and I'm happy about it. But the thought of eventually NOT actually living in either home that we own is kinda weird and exciting. We have a great property management company that we are working with so I'm not concerned some lame tenant is going to be let in and destroy our property.
If you are currently living on the road, do you own a "home base" for yourself or did you choose to give it all up?