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Spent a lot on not very much

June 3rd, 2010 at 01:48 pm

I have not been around because I have been painting whenever I am not at work. The tenants moved out last weekend and I have been working hard on getting the upstairs apartment ready for the new tenants.

Everything costs more than I anticipated. I have spent $500 on not very much.

I had a guy come out to look at the plaster walls. He told me it would be $220 to repair the cracks plus I buy the supplies. I knew that was high but I am an awful negotiator. So I agreed and hoped he would do a really good job. Well he did a mediocre job and was ďfinishedĒ in 1.5 hrs. I was taken advantage of but I tell myself it was a learning curve to control the anger inside of me. I had ďthat feelingĒ in my stomach when he set the price and I ignored it. Not next time. I say ďfinishedĒ because the sheetrock mud needs a day to dry but he has jobs lined up and couldnít sand the repairs down after it dried- so he provided me with sandpaper that I bought- and told me how to sand the walls when itís dry. (I was even mad he used sheetrock material- these are plaster walls- I donít want sheetrock on my original walls!)
Anyways- I spent like 10 min sanding and stopped. Itís a lot of work and I paid him to do it! So I never did sand it down. I just painted over it.

And the paint. $250.00 for 7 gallons of paint (primer in the paint) and some brushes. EXPENSIVE! I nearly fell over when the cashier rang me up. The sad part is that the Primer in the paint works so well I have 2 gallons left over. I cant do anything with them.

Sucks.

So thatís $250.00 right there.
I decided not to replace the carpets. They are in much better shape than I thought. The old tenants didnít own a vacuum (lived here 2 years!) so after I vacuumed they look REALLY GOOD. Plus the new tenants have dogs so itís better this way.

And there has been a leak in the bathroom. Water got in through some molding and ran behind the latex paint and ruined the wall. Itís all soggy to the touch. Iím going to get to that repair next week.
But the apartment looks GOOD! I should have waited for it to be empty before showing it to tenants. I could have gotten an extra $100 a month at least. Next time Iíll remember not to be impatient and panicky. An empty apartment is way bigger, cleaner and nicer than college kids apartment.

And I am still in love with this house. I know I have commented on and off about my conflict in moving to the new house and renting out both halves of this duplex rather than converting it to a SFH. Iím still conflicted. I still love this house. So much. BB comes home for 2 days next week. I am trying to get the place sparkling so maybe he will love it too.

3 Responses to “Spent a lot on not very much”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Sorry you got ripped off by the drywall guy! Hang onto the paint. It lasts a long time and maybe you can use it again.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Rrggh, let me kick that guy's ankles for you! You could tell him that he can give you as a reference in the future. Then you could tell all inquirers what he did.

  3. baselle Says:

    Joan, you are wicked! But that's an awesome idea. Big Grin

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