So, we bought a super cute little duplex built in the 1920s in June. The upper unit came with a tenant, and she made it impossible for us to rent out the lower unit. After months of trouble, and eventually going to court to evict her for non-payment, we finally had full possession of the property. With that possession came the filth and work.
The past tenant was a single mom with four teenagers all living in a 2br unit. Essentially five adults in a little bungalow. And they tore it up. It was gross. The walls were all dirty, the bathroom was disgusting, things were neglected, the door had been kicked in, and the kitchen was not something I would eat out of. I will spare you the details, but you can see here the contrast between the old walls and the new paint I slapped up.
Unfortunately, possession of the property coincided with Chet’s hitch, and he had to hit the air for a couple weeks leaving me to do the majority of the work. Thankfully, most of it was something I could take care of, with a few minor projects I hired out. I did hire a local handyman to repair the door, and it turned out beautiful. I also hired someone to clean the unit as I was in no way up for that task (ew). She did a marvelous job, and I will be hiring her again! The water heater for Unit #2 had to be replaced costing a pretty penny, and I was told the boilers are old and will fail soon, but for the most part the place is in pretty good shape!
I am a nice landlord, and I allow my renters to pick paint colors when time allows. The renter of Unit #1 wanted some bright colors, and I love color, so I obliged.
The renter of Unit #2 said she liked muted and earthy tones, so I used taupe and a deep yellow. But I mixed in the same pink and blue from Unit #1 for the bathroom and bedroom #2 to brighten those rooms up. I am in love with that yellow! I think it will be my new dining room color.
Anyway, after much cleaning, repairing, and painting, the place turned out beautiful. I am happy to be “done” with it and to have renters move in today. There are still projects to be tackled, but mostly outside, stairwell, and basement projects that shouldn’t disrupt their lives too much. Hopefully these renters will be kinder to the home since I put so much extra care into the apartments.