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  • Re: Tell me I'm not crazy!

    @short+sassy that is a super funny visual! We have been through some awesome ones like that as well, especially with our first one because budget was so low!

    Update on the house: It is structurally awesome, new roof this year, windows, AC, and furnace! It is terribly ugly inside but we like a fixer so it will be perfect for us. We are talking new flooring through the entire house, I want some walls to come down, paint is TERRIBLE! And by terrible I mean that I thought I sucked at painting and the paint in this house makes me look like a professional. I think the best part was the duct tape that they used as a transition strip.. last I checked an actual transition strip was like $5 but hey, what do I know!

    For a cheaper alternative to hardwoods, I highly recommend wood-look tiles.  The first time I saw them was in a friend's house.  He had described them to me, but I thought, "They'll look nice, I'm sure they'll just look similar to wood but still be obvious they are not.  I mean they're tiles."

    Blown away.  I was seriously wondering if he was messing with me and had really had hardwoods installed.  I literally crouched on the floor to touch them.  I just couldn't believe they were tiles.

    I used it in a rehab turned rental and most of our potential tenants in showings mentioned how they liked the "hardwood floors".   Of course, we 'fess up its tile, but its awesome to get a high end look for a budget price.  Especially since our rentals tend to be in areas where one would not expect hardwoods anyway.


    @short+sassy that is a super funny visual! We have been through some awesome ones like that as well, especially with our first one because budget was so low!

    Update on the house: It is structurally awesome, new roof this year, windows, AC, and furnace! It is terribly ugly inside but we like a fixer so it will be perfect for us. We are talking new flooring through the entire house, I want some walls to come down, paint is TERRIBLE! And by terrible I mean that I thought I sucked at painting and the paint in this house makes me look like a professional. I think the best part was the duct tape that they used as a transition strip.. last I checked an actual transition strip was like $5 but hey, what do I know!

    For a cheaper alternative to hardwoods, I highly recommend wood-look tiles.  The first time I saw them was in a friend's house.  He had described them to me, but I thought, "They'll look nice, I'm sure they'll just look similar to wood but still be obvious they are not.  I mean they're tiles."

    Blown away.  I was seriously wondering if he was messing with me and had really had hardwoods installed.  I literally crouched on the floor to touch them.  I just couldn't believe they were tiles.

    I used it in a rehab turned rental and most of our potential tenants in showings mentioned how they liked the "hardwood floors".   Of course, we 'fess up its tile, but its awesome to get a high end look for a budget price.  Especially since our rentals tend to be in areas where one would not expect hardwoods anyway.


    We did the wood tiles in our basement in our current house and they turned out awesome! Might be doing them again in the new one at least in the kitchen. Much easier to work with when it comes to water and other things.
    short+sassy
  • Re: Tell me I'm not crazy!

    @short+sassy that is a super funny visual! We have been through some awesome ones like that as well, especially with our first one because budget was so low!

    Update on the house: It is structurally awesome, new roof this year, windows, AC, and furnace! It is terribly ugly inside but we like a fixer so it will be perfect for us. We are talking new flooring through the entire house, I want some walls to come down, paint is TERRIBLE! And by terrible I mean that I thought I sucked at painting and the paint in this house makes me look like a professional. I think the best part was the duct tape that they used as a transition strip.. last I checked an actual transition strip was like $5 but hey, what do I know!
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  • Re: Tell me I'm not crazy!

    @SP29 I totally agree on the difference in pictures vs seeing it in person! With both of our houses we have now it was an eye opening experience, especially the first time! we would see things online and think "it needs a little work but we could live in it", then we would show up and wonder how ANYONE was living in it! Good luck on your search, it's such an exciting process!

    We are always looking for an investment, to us it's just a house, if it's a good deal and it fits things we need then it will work. As for a forever home, we are a bit nomadic at the moment, never seem to stay in one place for more than 3 years so I'm not sure we will ever be in that "forever home". :)
    SP29cowgirl8238
  • Re: Tell me I'm not crazy!

    Thanks for all the great advice! This is actually our 3rd house and with what we are needing (the garage and parking space) it's almost impossible to find in the location we want, that is why when this one came back up we jumped blind. Just to put some numbers out there, it appraised for 15K over our offer and the buyers that fell through had gone in at that asking price. Based on comps and land we are getting in the location it's looking like a good investment if nothing else so that's why we did it. It was also great having my realtor facetime me and walk through, she opened everything I asked, we spent 40min on the phone while she went through under sinks, around the foundation, and showed me up close all of the baseboards and showers.


    We did the rental thing during our last move in a fully furnished while we looked for houses and it was enough to drive us to drink, this time we were going to live in our camp trailer if we didn't find anything before the move which sounded a bit terrible to me in the middle of winter. I will be going down there in 3 days if we end up getting it to check it out in person, I just couldn't go that day because it's a 10hr drive and I have to work this weekend.

    Sounds like I'm not the only one dealing with a relocation so good luck to everyone else that is going through it as well!!!
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  • Re: Kids' Table

    we did a modified "kids table". It was an extra table that they didn't sit at for dinner (they were with their parents) and we had coloring books with crayons, necklace making kits, bracelet making kits, paper airplane making kits, and suckers. It was a huge hit during cocktail hour and gave the parents time to mingle while the kids had activities to do. Here is what it looked like:

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