Decorating DIY Rental Properties

Teal Sliding Door

November 23, 2016
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The duplex lower unit is coming along slowly but surely. We’ve been spending time between the duplex and the cabin, working on both, so its not coming together as quickly as we’d like – but we’re working on our patience. This past weekend was a ton of work, mainly spent replacing a very rotten subfloor in part of the kitchen, but we also had some fun parts – like installing this teal sliding door. This was not an easy one to convince Eric to do, he thought I was a crazy person when I told him that I wanted one bright teal door in a house of all white and grey. Now that its up, I caught him taking pictures and snaps, so I’m pretty sure he’s on board.

So this is the door to one of the two bedrooms in the unit. The old door was broken in two places, so it needed to be replaced. Since homes built in the early 1900s dont make it easy to just swap things out due to odd shapes and sizes, I decided to get creative. I’ve learned that finding a “standard” sized door in an old house is highly unlikely. Rather than cutting into the plaster and reframing a new door, I thought we’d try a sliding door. Eric found this awesomely inexpensive (yet good quality) track on Amazon for only 60$. Using a sliding door also just meant that as long as the door slab is a decent amount larger than the opening, there wouldn’t be any cutting needed. We went with an inexpensive pine slab door right off the shelf from Menards. I was tempted to get a custom order door with a more modern shape for just a bit more, but this was in stock so we went with it.

I used a brush and a 4″ roller to paint the door teal. I like to use brushes to get in the crevices but rollers are much easier for getting an even coat. To me it seems like the brush just moves the paint around and doesn’t cover as well. Since it was nice out I set up in the back yard.

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Next step was to hang the track. Since we were hanging it on plaster and wanted to make sure it had enough support, we ended up adding a 1″ thick piece of pine that we screwed to the wall to hang the track on. I just painted it white to match the wall so it would blend in. This step was surprisingly easy, and we did it after a couple glasses of wine, so trust me- it couldn’t have been that hard.

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The directions told us the height to hang the track, which was just under 2 inches above the height of the door. Then we attached the brackets to the door, and added the stoppers to each end so the door doesn’t go off the track. The last thing was just adding a handle. This doesn’t come in most kits, so I just found one at Home Depot that is often used on fence doors, and it works great!

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Here is it! Ignore the gross dirty floors which I can’t WAIT to refinish. My pup refused to get out of the photo, and, well he’s adorable so you get him and the door. I love how it turned out and it slides really nicely and feels sturdy. Plus we already had a possible future tenant tour the place and they were so excited about the door and how the style was coming together, so I feel at least a little validated in my crazy design choices!

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In case you missed it here was my brief inspiration board for the unit.

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This week we are taking time to relax, take care of ourselves, indulge in way too much thanksgiving food, and spend time with our lovely families. Back to work next week. We are almost ready to sand the floors, which I’m dying to do. We’ve been sleeping in the dirty back bedroom, which really makes you appreciate the simple things like COUCHES! For real, I can’t WAIT to have a couch there. The bathroom is also almost done, more to come soon 🙂

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A sad day for America

November 11, 2016
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The day after the election, I woke up and remembered. My heart sank. This is real. Tears streamed down my face. I’ve never felt this way about politics. I’ve always had my strong beliefs, but I’ve never felt this feeling before. I felt angry, confused, dumbfounded, sad, shattered, and utterly disappointed. America just elected Donald Trump to be our next president. How the flying f*$# could this happen?

I, then, immersed myself in CNN and articles explaining what happened for the remainder of the day. Eventually, it sank in. There are about a million theories/opinions about who voted, who didn’t vote, why they voted or didn’t etc. My personal consensus is that a large group of people who were unhappy with their current state of living/job/income/healthcare/etc felt somehow heard by trump or thought he might fix their personal woes, and voted for him. One very important nagging question stays with me – doesn’t this mean that all of the people who voted for him either A. were willing to ignore the fact that trump has used hate to fuel his campaign through racism, bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia etc or B. they shared these views?

I started running through, in my head, the people in my life who probably voted for him. I thought of all of the things I wanted to scream at them. “I am a woman who deserves respect! My dad is gay! My friends and coworkers are immigrants! Do you not care about how we are treated? ” Reality – this is not going to help. That’s not the way to change their opinion, and maybe they never will. My stomach turned, there is nothing I can do to stop him from being our president. More tears.

I have to have hope for the future. I have to continue to live my life, promote love and equality, and fight for my beliefs. The good news (if you can call it that?) is that Trump has basically held many various political views over the years, and I THINK that he just did and said a lot of things to get elected. The sad thing – lots of americans bought into that awful crap – and they may at least try to hold him to his threats. We have no idea what’s going to happen. Maybe it won’t be that bad.  I think there’s a good chance those who are saying “he isn’t really a racist!” etc are right. But he, in the very least, did act like one to get votes. He did validate those types of beliefs. He did openly brag about sexually assaulting women. Can you really tell me that the highest elected official in our country does not set an example for others? It makes me sick to think of people out there using his win as a validation for racism, bullying, hate. I will never forgive him for running that campaign. I will try to look forward and hope for the best. I have hope that love will prevail. And I’m pretty sure 4 years from now, we’ll have a very different type of president. Can I just hide in a hole and snuggle puppies till then? (…I know, we have to take action, and I certainly will, but snuggling puppies would be real nice.)

I don’t think its fair to tell people how to deal with the results of this election. You are not them, you have not lived their life or had their experiences. Personally, I’m still processing and hurting. I can’t tell you how to feel. I’m not you. The oppression I’ve personally experienced, just being a woman, is very real — and yet it is nothing compared to other groups of people. How could I ever tell a muslim or immigrant not to be scared? Their fear is real and I don’t know s@#* about being in their shoes.

This is a huge step back for social issues and equality. I fully realize this is not the only issue at hand, but none-the-less I feel disgusted and insulted to my core. He has personally offended me, because I’ve fought to be a strong woman my entire life. Our next president degrades women in so many ways, and this is a huge setback. Do not minimize the way I feel right now, do not tell me to stop “whining.” However, the way I feel is about more than me. I feel empathy for those in this country who have faced and had to overcome so much more than I have – and were just slapped in the face. My pain is mostly for them.

I hope Trump can do some good for the country financially. I really do. I hope its not at the expense of our environment. I respect that others have different opinions on some of the issues, and can listen to and respect anyone who can articulate their perspective and support it with fact. I can’t, and refuse to, accept that their are two valid opinions on racial equality, gender equality, and religious equality/separation of church and state. Sorry, I won’t accept that. I’m sad for our country that we’ve elected someone who doesn’t respect all people. PS his VP Mike Pence scared the crap out of me (maybe even more-so in some ways.) I hope he is done with the hateful rhetoric and he will focus on doing good for the country. This is, still, a devastating blow.

This is not just about politics or republican vs democrat. Far from it. If you are a woman, man, black, white, hispanic, indian, asian, gay, straight, trans, muslim, hindu, christian, buddhist, or whatever else. I love and respect you and will never stop fighting for you.

“To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.” -Bernie Sanders

I’m with ya, Bern.

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Duplex progress

November 1, 2016
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^^ Here’s some of my plan/inspiration, most of which we are still in the process of executing right now!

It’s starting to come along! We got all the demo done, and the dining and living room painted. I also painted all of the trim because it was in super rough shape. I’m usually not a fan of painting the old beautiful trim, but this would’ve been way too difficult to refinish. Also, I’m doing sort of a modern meets old school. I wanted white walls and white trim. The doors are going to be a charcoal grey, and I’m adding in a pop of color on one door.

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We are getting some estimates on refinishing the hardwoods and fixing the drywall where needed. Depending on how they come back, we may do one or both ourselves to stay within budget.

There are some spots we definitely need to patch the wood, so we went to Bauer Brothers salvage store in NE mpls to get some matching old maple. If you haven’t been, BB is a giant, multi floor warehouse FULL of old shit. Doors, sinks, radiators, woodwork, chandelier, etc. it’s awesome, but also very overwhelming. Definitely going to patch the wood floor before it all gets refinished, so it should blend okay.

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imageimageWhile at BB, I also spotted a 28″ door to snag for the bathroom. The old door was broken and we wanted to flip the hinge. Since old houses have weird door sizes, sometimes a salvage door is the only inexpensive way to get the right size.

Last stop of the day was Home Depot for one slab door to use for my slider. I would’ve gotten a salvage one from BB, but I couldn’t find the right size for a reasonable price.

More to come soon!

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Lower Duplex Unit

October 28, 2016
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The last property we purchased in the college rental area is a duplex. This was by far our biggest project and by far the most rough property we’ve tackled.

Last summer we took on two big projects – the upper unit and the exterior.

We’ve been sort of putting off the lower unit because a. its in seriously rough shape and we just didnt have the energy and b. we had an awesome, super laid back tenant who we really didn’t want to kick out.

Anyway, with the cabinets literally falling off the wall, the bathroom ceiling caving in, and the nastiest carpet I’ve ever seen, it was time. Our tenant was awesome about it and understood that the unit needed work, so he gracefully agreed to leave after 60 days (per lease terms.)

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The kitchen had some real ugly wall covering over the plaster that we ripped off. Some of the plaster came with it, which will need to be patched and skimcoated.

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Entryway.

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Here we go! So far, we’ve ripped up all the carpet and sheet vinyl only to find beautiful wood floors throughout the unit. This is a huge win, except that we now have to spend hours…..no days pulling up the tiny staples from the floor before we can refinish it. Not complaining, just not looking forward to it. The only other thing we are salvaging is the beautiful built-ins from the kitchen. The kitchen is admittedly going to be a little awkward, but I really can’t see getting rid of them.

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More to come soon! We are pulling staples all weekend (FUN!) and then we are getting estimates on fixing the walls, refinishing the hardwood, and paint.

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Lake Rock Stone Hearth

August 17, 2016
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Hey friends! I’m trying to get caught up on posting about all of the fun stuff we’ve been doing at the new cabin. This will be a two part post because I’m re-doing the whole fireplace surround and this is just one part of it. Anyways, once we got the wood floors in I couldn’t stop thinking about how dated the tile and brick looked. It just looks like a dated old house, instead of an awesome rustic cabin. I love old things, don’t get me wrong, but this was just….not working.

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I had already started breaking up the tile a bit when I took this photo, but you get the idea. The flesh colored tile and brick…the brass doors, ugh. None of it is working. So I’m learning lessons from the past and I’m taking on one piece of this at a time, starting with the hearth (AKA the part on the floor in front of the fireplace.)

I used a pry bar and a hammer to break up and lift away the tile. Didn’t take too long, maybe 20 mins. In hindsight I would mask off the areas around it if you have anything that could get damaged. Also – WEAR SAFETY GLASSES, and shoes! Tiny sharks fly around, so seriously, wear safety glasses so you don’t have it flying at your eyes. Also shoes so you don’t get a sliver in your foot. I say both of these things from learning the hard way……so don’t do what I did.

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Next step – find a new tile. I went to the store and found some cool stone patterns that I loved, but everything I was looking at was like $10/sq ft. Trying to be thrifty, I decided to use…rocks! From my yard. They are free, and it could work, right? I have no idea what I’m doing here, but I figured if I found rocks that were flat-ish and tried to keep them under like .75 inches thick, maybe I could use them in place of tile or stone. I laid them out to get a visual of what it would look like done and also make sure I had collected enough. This is me….foraging…using a laundry basket to collect rocks in.

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I decided to go about this whole thing as if I was tiling, and planned to use a thinset base and come back to fill in the gaps with a dark gray grout. If you’ve never tiled before, this may sound like a lot to learn, but it’s really not that bad. Ideally, you’d lay a base before laying tile of cement backer board or at least plywood to keep the tile from cracking, but since I know no one will be walking on this area I’m tiling right onto the subfloor (not recommended, yeah yeah.) I mixed up about half of the thinset as directed on the bag, and using a trowel I spread a layer about .75 inches thick on the entire area. You can definitely do this in chunks if you have a bigger area, and I would if I had it to do over – I ended up sort of frantically placing the stones before the thinset dried at the end.

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Fun part! I pre-sorted my rocks into big, medium and small. I did this to make sure I had them spread out size wise. I pushed them into the thinset a little or a lot, depending on how thick they were. Ideally they’d make a fairly even surface, but that didn’t really happen. Once I had the big ones laid, I went onto the medium, and so on. I fit them in sort of like a puzzle, but you could really do a lot of different patterns if you wanted, like a gradation of color, patterns, etc?? I’d also be interested to try this with one general size of stones of all one color. So many possibilities, my friends.

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Starting to place the rocks…

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It is definitely not perfect, but I kind of love it. I literally brought the outdoors in. My favorite part about it is that these actually came from our yard and lake. Locally sourced material 😀

I was planning to grout between these, but I need to decide if that’s going to work. I may just mix up some extra thinset and put it in a plastic bag, cut a hole in the corner and squeeze it in the cracks to fill them in a bit more. Thoughts??? I don’t know, either way, I need to wait for this to cure, so I can’t do anything yet!

Next step….fireplace. NO clue what I’m doing there yet. Same thing? Skimcoat with gray? Paint it? HELP!

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Bathroom Vanity

August 17, 2016
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Getting around to posting about our custom bathroom vanity! So here’s the scoop. Bathroom vanities are expensive. You can get super cheap ones for ~200 but they are generally made of particle board, and particle board in a steamy bathroom? Not a great combo. We’ve had a few cheap ones over the years, and they just don’t hold up. Anyways, I prefer solid wood any day, but the good looking vanities that are also good quality are upwards of 500 dollars (and go way up from there.) I did one awhile back for the first cabin bathroom as well, and it was really pretty easy, so decided to modify it slightly and build my own again.

Materials needed:

  • copper sink (I bought mine at Menards but they also sell them on Amazon)
  • 4 6ft 2x4s (plain old construction lumber)
  • 1 8ft 1×6 (for the slats on the shelf)
  • 18 x 36 edge glued wood top
  • sink faucet – I got one of the least expensive ones from Menards
  • wood screws

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I started by building the base. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t plan this out well. I did, however measure the old vanity and planned to make it the same width so the plumbing would line up.

First I made 2 boxes out of the 2x4s. Then I cut the 1×6 into 4 pieces that were the same depth as the box and hand nailed them on. Here you can see me laying them out.

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I forgot to take a photo of this, but then I cut 4 2x4s for the legs at 30 inches, and attached my two boxes. The top box I placed at the end of the 2x4s, and the bottom box with slats about 6 inches off the floor for the shelf.

Next step – cutting out the sink hole. The sink came with a cardboard jig for me to trace, so I just made sure I had enough space for my faucet and placed it in the center of the vanity top. I cut out the oval using a jigsaw. You can see I used the old vanity to prop it up.

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As you can see I drilled a couple holes with the drill to get a starting spot.

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Dropped the sink in.

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Then I placed the top on the base and realized my giant mistake. I based my top measurements on the boxes I built, and forgot to figure in the 2x4s I added for the front legs. I found a piece of scrap cedar and decided to improvise. FAIL. Oh well, I kinda like it. Here I’m test fitting it to make sure it will work. I attached the top using trim screws so they would sort of disappear. You could easily add some wood putty, but this is sort of a rustic look so I didn’t even bother covering up the holes.

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Then, the fun part. Staining. I mixed these two stain colors together, because I thought it would look pretty and because I only had a little bit of each left. The red mahogany is just a little too red for me, so the walnut tones it down and makes it more red-brown. Yes- you can mix stain, but just make sure to mix enough so you have some extra in case you need it for touch ups.

 

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Here it is stained! The final steps were installing the faucet and then (finally) installing it in the bathroom and hooking up the drain line. I will post more pics once the bathroom is all done. Love how it turned out and the whole thing took me under 2 hours.

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Cabin Projects – Upstairs Floor

August 15, 2016
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It’s been awhile! We’ve been busy renovating the new cabin. So far we’ve:
1. ripped out all of the carpet in the 2 upstairs bedrooms and laid pine flooring (that’s what I’ll cover in this post)
2. ripped up the living and dining room carpet and laid pine flooring
3. laid new flooring in the bathroom and built and installed a new vanity. also replaced bathroom mirror and light fixture.

We’ve also done some landscaping including taking out some trees and cleaned up the yard.

Here are some photos of the first big project we did, the upstairs floor.

Upstairs bedrooms: We used pine construction lumber for the floors. Yes, I realize how many people would frown on this because pine is a “soft wood” and will easily get beat up. I called many places asking for pine flooring and got lots of lectures. I actually started lying and just saying I wanted it for my walls. The reality is, we can’t afford a better wood AND I wanted the wood to look old, so I’m okay with it getting beat up and re-staining it someday. Also, the next cheapest real wood floor product I found was over $3.50/sq ft just for the wood– and I didn’t even like them. These floors cost about $1.4o/sq ft finished, including stain, finish coat, and the nails. The plan was to sand the edges and beat up the floors as we put them in so they look rustic. We used 1 x 6 “quality” boards, which is sort of like the middle grade of lumber, which means they’ve done some intentional selection and the boards are (hopefully) not extremely warped and don’t have huge knots or blemishes. However, that isn’t really the case. I went through the entire pile they had at Menard’s hand selecting which ones to buy, judging by the look of the board, checking for warping, and large blemishes or cracks.

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Installation:

So we started installing. I laid out a few rows just to see what it would look like. When installing, we went with a random pattern, so I just made sure that it looked staggered and cut each row to fit. We decided to face nail the boards using “cut nails” to add to the rustic look and also to attach them.

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Making progress while Roscoe naps…

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There were a few tricky cuts we needed the jigsaw for, but for the most part it was just straight cuts. By some miracle, both rooms ended on a full width board, so we didn’t need to rip any pieces down length wise to fit.

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Next: time to beat up the floor. We used a sock full of nuts and bolts and also threw rocks and a pipe wrench around to make dents and marks in the floor.

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Time to stain! We used Ipswitch Pine stain, to blend with the walls. I love a darker floor, but having had one prior, they always look SO dirty, so I went with a medium darkness this time. 2016-07-11 21.08.30

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All done! I love how they turned out. I’ll post some pics once we get the rooms all decorated and put back together, but here they are for now!

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We finally bought a (different) cabin!

June 9, 2016
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Long time no post- I know! Per usual, we’ve been crazy busy since the last house closed, but I have a big update to make. We are finally buying a (different) cabin tomorrow!

Just to recap, about a month and a half ago we sold our home in Roseville, MN and decided to buy another cabin property to live in for the summer and get ready to make another VRBO rental. Since we sold the prior house, we have been living in one of Eric’s rental units (he had tenants who wanted to get out of their one year lease early, so it worked out well for us to live here for a bit until we closed on the next property.)

Since then, we got an accepted offer on a cute aframe cabin right on the water in Brainerd, MN. The cabin was 3 season and we planned to do a conventional rehab loan to turn the property into a 4 season dwelling so we could take out a 30 year loan on the place. Some newly learned knowledge I gained from this predicament – 3 season dwellings are VERY difficult to finance.

Basically, the options to finance a 3 season property, from my understanding are:

  1. a home equity line of credit (generally a 15 yr loan)
  2. an ARM loan (not something I’m personally comfortable with, and also generally 15 yr loan)
  3. A balloon loan which is essentially a line of credit to fix the place and then it comes due after a year and you refinance into a regular loan
  4. A rehab loan where the buyer would need to plan to turn the property into a 4 season dwelling.
  5. CASH MONEY!

We chose the rehab loan, and then spent about a month of calling/harassing contractors to get us bids to add a furnace, replace windows, and add insulation. Not only did we need bids formatted a very particular way, but we also needed them to fill out a giant packet of information. This was a HUGE headache, and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. My overall opinion from attempting to do a rehab loan: do not do it unless you are not on a timeline, be mentally prepared for the giant headache to follow, and use a general contractor if you can rather than individual contractors.

Anyways, back to our story. Long story short, the appraisal on the Brainerd cabin came back low and the sellers weren’t willing to budge.

Essentially, they were asking us to stick to our offer price and would not let it go for the appraised value, or even meet us halfway. We even came up with a cash offer (due to the loan being such a pain) thanks to a temporary loan from an investor, but they refused. Not wanting to be under water on the place, and honestly just at our breaking point with the situation and loan, we regretfully walked away from this unique property. In the end, we felt the sellers were being unreasonable and just decided to let it go. I have mixed feelings on appraisals, especially for a very non-traditional property as it is nearly impossible to find comps, BUT my decision was made thinking about the trouble we may run into if we needed to sell someday. If the property can’t appraise, even if some could argue that the “cool factor” makes it worth more, and I tend to agree, you’ll have a hell of a time selling it for more than that number. I am very sad, but I will continue to track the property and still have hope we could buy it in the future if it doesn’t sell this spring. Cabins don’t sell as fast as regular city homes. So you’re saying there’s a chance? …I hope so!

Since that fell apart, we found and got an accepted offer on a different cabin in Comstock, WI – near Turtle Lake.

 And, guess what, it’s on the SAME lake as our other VRBO rental, Little Bear Lodge! We are so excited, and we close TOMORROW! So cabin life begins, finally.

A bit about the property. It’s on the opposite side of the lake as LBL. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Big unfinished basement where we plan to make a sweet game room. Funky architecture with a big vaulted ceiling in the main living space. It needs some love and decorating and minor reno, but overall we love it. Screened porches for life, can’t wait to nap out on that bad boy. We also got a pontoon and paddleboat with the purchase, so I’m anxiously awaiting a celebration booze cruise tomorrow evening post move. More pics to come as we move in tomorrow!!

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Sign on the dotted line…..800,000,000 times

April 28, 2016
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Today was my pre-signing for our Roseville house closing. We decided to set up a pre-sign because I have a conflict on the house closing day. Normally, I’d go, but I was able to do this work around and assign my realtor as power of attorney instead. This means he will basically show up to closing in my place, and sign anything that was missed in the pre-sign if needed. House closings are not the worst thing in the world – usually there is good coffee, cookies, and some form of candy. They also always have some sort of cheesy branded souvenirs for you to take with you. Today I got glasses cleaner. Last time was an ice scraper. Wooohoooo!

Anyways, outside of that it’s a whole lot of “reading” and signing. I say “reading” because unless you’re crazy, you’re going to be basically skimming and signing. You are assigned a closing agent a week or so prior to closing, and they are in charge of getting your documents ready and walking you through them at the closing. You’ll receive your closing statement prior to closing, typically the day before, so you have time to review it as well. The biggest thing to review is the numbers. Making sure the water bill, property taxes, closing fees, etc are in line. You’re transitioning your property over, so everything is prorated. Keep that in mind especially if you’re selling, because you can get a refund! Don’t hesitate to ask questions, it’s their job to explain how this works. I’m not a spreadsheet person, so I usually sit down with Eric prior to closing and make him run through it with me, but your closing agent can do the same thing.

They almost always have everything right, but don’t zone out TOO much during all of the signatures. Today we caught an error- they didn’t have that there was a sealed well on our property. Whether this would ever matter or not, who knows, but it’s good to have it right so it doesn’t come back to bite you later.

800,000,000 signatures later, the Roseville house is sold. I won’t actually get the funds until the official closing on Friday, but it’s basically a done deal. It’s a relief to be all moved out and done with it! Eric bought us champagne to celebrate, so I’m currently drinking a grapefruit mimosa 😀

That’s all for now!

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Selling the house…moving to the cabin

April 26, 2016
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We’ve decided to make another crazy move. 

I think we’ve stopped shocking people when we say we’re moving again. Lately we’ve been feeling like we spend so much money and time just to maintain our house, and although we really love it (and basically just finally finished renovating is) is that really what we want in our life? The answer, we realized, was no – we want to travel, make other investments, and have more time to do what we love. Since the market in Minneapolis has been sooo insane lately we figured we could get top dollar for our house. We weren’t overly optimistic, but with 25 showings the first day and 3 offers the next day, it became pretty clear we were moving….soon. Without a clear plan for the future, we decided to live in one of Eric’s rental properties until we figured it out. So that’s where we are at now. As much as I miss my house, I’m not really any LESS happy in a smaller, more modest place, and now my financing is freed up to do…….kind of whatever we want. I LOVE FREEDOM!  Anyways, our house is now pending and we got a whopping 20k over list price. Couldn’t argue with that! Farewell rooftop deck, I’ll miss you.

Here is our house listing and a few pics, in case you’re curious.  http://www.trulia.com/property/3161485748-2232-Rosewood-Ln-S-Roseville-MN-55113

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Buying a second VRBO cabin rental….and living there for the summer. Because, why not?

The plan evolves. Originally we wanted to buy a smaller, more manageable house in Minneapolis or St Paul. In true “us” fashion we decided to up our WTF factor (as we call it AKA the typical reaction when we try to explain our plan to people) and do something totally random instead. Since the first cabin rental in Turtle Lake, WI is exceeding our expectations, why not buy another and move there while we renovate it and get it ready to rent. I love cabins! Especially in the summer! Now that we both have flexible jobs, it seems like the logical next step….right?

More to come on this, but we are doing a rehab loan to get the cabin renovated. This means that we budget for the renovations needed, and in this case it’s a matter of taking it from a 3 season to a 4 season. This means some new windows, a furnace, and some insulation- for the big ticket items.

Here are some pics, we couldn’t be more excited to look at that view every morning!

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That’s all for now – we are working on the rehab loan and also closing on the old house tomorrow. Can’t wait to relax on that deck once this is all figured out!

 

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