When I wrote the title to this post, I had to take a moment to stop and reflect on how thankful I am. Matt and I have been doing projects in our own home for so long that we have come to a point that there isn’t a ton more to do….. almost (you know I can always come up with little things here and there). When we became debt free (find out how we did that HERE and HERE), Matt and I had a long talk about what our next steps were. You can read about that HERE. We have been in the thick of our third flip project. When we bought our first flip house last summer, I had no idea what would be in store for us on this flip journey.I shared our first flip house on the blog HERE and our second flip was actually a duplex that we have kept and are renting out. You can read about that transformation HERE.
This post is not only fun to share with you, but it is a great reminder for me to look back on how far we have come. When you are knee-deep in a flip project, you can get overwhelmed and feel like nothing is getting done. Starting each of our flip projects with pictures on the day we get the keys has been a vital part for missing the overwhelm. When we are able to look back at what we started with, we are reminded of how far we have come.
With all of that said, welcome to our third flip. These photos were all taken on the day we closed and got the keys for the first time.
The plain for the front was to wash the house, get glass for the front window that was broke and add some plants to the right side of the house.
In here, we needed to remove all of the tile off of the floor, scrub all of the walls (see what we found to work best HERE), paint, add a window where the window air conditioner was, fix all the “patches” in the ceiling, new vent covers and carpet.
The kitchen needed a lot of work. We had to again fix all the patch work that was going on, remove the cabinets and the false “soffit” above the cabinets, add new countertops, a dishwasher, new stove, a coffee station, flooring, lighting, trim and paint. We also removed the faux brick backsplash.
The utility room was so dark and dingy. It was dirty like the rest of the house. We had to clean the walls, paint, add a washer and dryer, paint the floor, continue the kitchen floor into this room a bit, add a new back door and screen door, clean the furnace and add central air.
All three bedrooms needed the same work. We had to removed all the tile on the floors that still had tile, scrub walls, paint, change out all the outlets and switches to white and carpet. We also changed out all the door knobs so they matched.
The bathroom was a mess. We needed to add a new vanity, mirror, outlet and toilet. We needed new flooring and had to remove the tile panels off the walls. We fixed the patchwork that was in here as well. We needed to paint and come up with a solution for the heavily textured walls. New door knob, shower curtain and a lot of cleaning.
Back yard and back of house:
The back of the flip house and the yard work was probably the biggest job at this flip project. The yard is huge and there are a lot of mature trees that haven’t been taken care of for years. The yard was full of sticks, limbs and leaves that took us weeks to get rid of. We also removed two trees and cut a lot of branches to make the yard look better. We had to plant grass seed at the back of the house because there was none from lack of maintenance. We removed some of the wire fencing on the driveway and other side of the house.
The back of the house needed cleaned and painted. There were tons of wires that led to nowhere so we removed them. We added the new back door and screen door. The gutters and windows needed cleaned and the back stoop lifted.
The back yard is our favorite part of the property. There are a mama and papa owl living in the trees in the back and we have seen so many different birds that we have never seen before. The size of the yard makes it a great candidate for all kinds of things. The mature trees are beautiful and we have planned out what we would plant and where we would put a garden if we were living there.
This flip house is a perfect house for a single person, a couple or even a young couple with their first child. When we are finished with it, they will be able to move right in and not have to worry about a thing except personalizing it to make it their own. Stay tuned because I will be sharing the after photos when we finish!
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