The contractor finally finished renovating the Forsyth house on Tuesday.
You’re like “What? You haven’t sold that yet?” No, we haven’t. We haven’t even put it on the market yet, so if you know someone who wants a house with a fresh coat of paint throughout, newly refinished hardwood floors, a new bathroom floor, a new kitchen floor, on a corner lot with 1/2 acre in Forsyth (which has one of the best school districts around), here’s your chance to get it before it goes on the market. That will save everybody some money as we’ll be saving a realtor’s commission and so probably take a lower value than we would otherwise.
“But you moved back in October!” you say. I know. And we hired the contractor to paint the house in November. They did the outside and we were fairly happy and so we hired them to do the inside. And they dallied and piddled and took forever to get it done. Finally, on Christmas Eve, we paid them for what they had done. Which wasn’t even everything that they were supposed to do. When would they be able to get the rest finished — the week right after Christmas, “we’ll start on Monday”. The last part was mostly some trim work, painting some things they had failed to do from the second phase, and laying the tile in the kitchen floor.
Kona and I were going to do the kitchen flooring ourselves, but the guy said “It will only take two hours, we can do it for $50” and Kona said “Do it!” In early January, they had laid the vinyl tile in the center of the kitchen floor and stopped. At the end of January, it was still like that. It was like that three weeks into February. Finally I called the guy and begged him to come finish the house so we could get it on the market.
Remember, we’re paying for utilities, insurance, property tax, and all that other wonderful jazz for a house that is sitting vacant, so we’re wanting to get it on the market and sold.
After doing some of the work, he called and said “The wall paper looks really bad and needs torn down and the walls painted and we can do it for $700”. Hmm, last year, he estimated $300 a room and now this was $350 a room and one of them was very small. This was on top of a $980 bill for the part they had done between Christmas and the end of February. He said it was because he had to bring three guys out to work on it. It didn’t look like three guys had done anything because the amount of work that was done was less than what one person could do in a day. But every time Kona and I would show up, we “just missed the guys.” They were either at Menards buying parts (I don’t know why he had to send all three guys to buy supplies) or they were taking a break (at 9 in the morning). Kona and I had serious doubts as to what he was telling us.
Then he tried to put some wood stripping down as the transitions from the hardwood floors into the vinyl areas. It looked crappy and we made him replace it. The pieces were huge and oversized, but at least you could tell there was a transition there and it wasn’t obvious before. He also sprayed lacquer on them, but it’s not obvious that he stained them first.
The left side is the "before" (i.e., what the contractor did) and the right side is the "after" (what James did)
Kona and I still have some work to do on the house. We need to replace the screen door going into the patio, replace the outlets (some are white and some are almond and some are ivory), and probably replace the transitions. But at least the contractor is done (3.5 months later) and now we can get in and clean and get the house ready to go on the market.
I’ll start that process on Saturday and probably do some more work on it next week during our “Spring Break” (two days off work).