Before we welcomed Weston into our lives, we actually got reunited with an old friend…
Of course, he doesn’t look like that anymore…considering it’s fall/winter…but the reality is that we are now officially rental property owners.
Yup. The lease purchase fell through. So now we are the proud owners of our first love…not that we weren’t the official owners all along…just in our minds, we always thought that the folks that lived there would be there forever. I’m a dreamer…what can I say?…I’m such a sucker for a ‘lived happily ever after’…and let’s be honest…that doesn’t happen a whole lot.
I would love to give you the entire shake down of what happened…I really would…but in the end, it doesn’t really matter and it would take forever. The folks that were there, the ones that I was emotionally invested in, well, in the words of Will…dey heeert me and give me big booboos! Money can do that sometimes. It rips holes in relationships. It makes people act in ways that is as my mother would put it…unbecoming. And I learned a hard lesson through the experience. Yes. I cried. Not over money that we lost (because let’s be honest, I believe that God is in charge of every dime on the planet)…but because I felt like I lost a friend and the pain of listening to someone manipulate my words is just plain hurtful. It might have been my hyper-sensitive pregnancy hormones amping things up….but in general, I learned that I can not be emotionally involved with tenants. And to be perfectly honest, I can no longer be emotionally tied to a house. My home is where my boys are…and that’s it. If you know me…you know that statement is easier for me to say than it is to practice.
So that brings me back to square one…the house…our new rental property. We headed over there after the folks moved out and started reassessing the place. Neither of us have been in there for around a year so we had no idea what to expect. Jer brought the John Deere and cut the lawn. Apparently the back yard wasn’t cut for a LONG time…so it took him a while.
I spent the majority of time figuring out what we had to do to get the place back in shape for new renters. The carpet was filthy…so it definitely needs a shampoo. And the hardwood throughout the kitchen and hall was gross too.
I used the package of Swiffer wipes on the hardwoods…but after using both sides of each wipe, I ran out. It’s still dirty so I’m hoping that the carpet cleaners can also steam the hardwoods and then we can put a layer of protectant on it.
I was surprised to see that the folks had painted an accent wall. I don’t hate it. Just surprised.
The grossest thing was definitely the first floor bathroom. My mom used to tell us that when you clean something, you have to really clean it up…not just move the dirt around. I felt like maybe they had mopped but it was just moving the dirt to other places.
So it took me about four hours to scrub it all by hand but I knew that in the end, we needed to seal the grout in there and the cleaning company probably wouldn’t get it as clean as I would like. Yes, I sound wacky – cleaning up for the cleaning company. Don’t judge my crazy, mmkay?!
Yes. I am overdue and scrubbing and wiping up who-knows-what up off the bathroom floor….ga-ross. But seriously…doesn’t it look so much better? Oh and did I mention that I did it without running water? Yep. I actually collected rainwater to do the rinsing phase…but I was so nervous that I wouldn’t get it done before the baby came that I couldn’t wait on the water to be turned back on…it had to be done.
Thankfully there was no damage to my favorite part of the house…
Not that you could damage that wall…but it makes me happy just to see it 🙂
So yeah…now that it’s back on the rental market, we have our hands full. We have to do some fixing of toilets, cleaning and finding of new tenants (I’m personally hoping that it will be either an older couple or a couple of young single gals that have a knack for decorating…hey a girl can wish!) And honestly I really feel good about having this place back in our lives…although it’s at an arms-length…because I know that one day, this ‘investment property’ will be a huge chapter in our story. It’s been a rollercoaster, that’s for sure…but what would life be without the thrill?!
Any other folks out there that have rental properties? What’s your best tip? Anyone considering diving into the investment property world? Or cleaned up someone else’s mess on the bathroom floor? I hate to say it, but this was not the worst I’ve ever tackled…there was once a pool I managed in highschool that had a explosion-type-mess. let’s just say it was like a crime scene. of poop. you’re welcome for that mental picture.
p.s. a lot of peeps who got a sneak peek of our new old house on Instagram asked about rental info….if you are interested in more details on this property, please shoot me an email at [email protected] and we can send you the link.