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6/9/12 3:53 P

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As long as one has a tub, you are fine. Actually we only have the one, and want to redo the bathroom with a walk-in shower---figure we need it more than tub---and once we are done our boys can decide to sell or rent it to college kids---and a shower is better for them anyhow. And I find a shower much easier to clean and maintain

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6/9/12 12:46 P

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Well, the bathroom downstairs is more of a utility bathroom, but it is nice if you are in one of the rooms downstairs or outside and don't want to come all the way upstairs.

Upstairs used to only have one bathroom, but I added another one when I moved the stairs using the place the stairs used to be and some wasted space. I could have made one large bathroom instead of two smaller, but thought two bathrooms would be more useful. I've also always liked the master to have it's own private bathroom. Also in this area resale is higher with more bathrooms even if they are smaller since most houses aren't in the luxury category.

Only one of the bathrooms has a tub. I could have put one in the new bathroom but prefer a walk-in shower, also knowing it would probably be rented one day, I knew older people or handicapped people also prefer a walk in shower.



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6/9/12 12:05 P

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WOW, 3 bathrooms---I would love to just have a 2nd half bath here---we had 2 at the other house and I do miss that.

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6/8/12 5:19 P

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Just an update on this. I think I am renting because I met with an agent today and there's just too much on the market now and prices are down and buyers want everything perfect and are very picky. She liked my house though and thought it was very cute. She dinged me on the front door and said the living room curtains were too dark, but I've not refinished the front door yet and keep the curtains closed in the day because of the heat.

Also, houses for sale sit on the market up to a year and with the threat of copper thieves... no thanks. I've heard houses rent quickly in this area though due to the schools.She said the market is improving but why sell now in a bad market if I don't HAVE to.

I am going to the do the laundry sink and here's why. There is a toilet and a shower down in that part of the basement but no sink. With the laundry sink it would rent or sell as 3 full bathrooms, instead of 2 1/2, which I learned from the agent today. Also the sink will serve as the laundry sink as well. I bought a sink complete with faucet, drain, etc today for $15 off craigslist, it will fit perfectly in that space and looks new.


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5/27/12 12:40 P

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Ok, since some of this stuff depends on if I am going to rent or sell the place, and I'm not sure which is the better option yet, I've decided when I come back from my mini-vacation, I'm going to focus on: 1) painting the two exterior walls that face the street and 2) refinishing the front door. Those will make the biggest exterior impact.

THEN I'm calling property managers and real estate agents. From there I will determine if I am renting or selling, and can more safely decide on which projects I will do.

- I won't re-do the electrical box for a rental, it is safe and still works and won't bring in more rent either way. If selling I might re-do it because it would leave a better impression on buyers and their inspectors overall to have a new one in there.

- Laundry sink might become a maintenance issue if renters clog it. It might be a selling point/enhancement to the laundry area if selling, but maybe not enough to put forth the effort. Might be a skip either way.

- Tile the back entry to me seems more a selling feature than renting. Renters probably wouldn't keep the floor/grout clean and might look bad after a few years (have had these issues with my other renters at my other rental house). I might do it if I have spare time, since I already have the materials.

- Brick walkway might leave out either way, pending time constraints.

At least, this is what I am thinking right now.






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5/25/12 5:11 P

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The more I hear about it all, I have to agree with the curb appeal comments. Some simple paint jobs can make such a big difference for not much money. There seem to be so many things that do not cost much that really help sell the house. As far as the foundation and electric box, I guess those are bigger decisions. I would try to picture myself as a potential seller and see how I feel about them, especially if they came up during an inspection. It could always be part of negotiating the deal even. Good luck with everything!

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5/23/12 3:07 P

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Yeah OK. It's only a difference of a few weeks between getting that stuff done and not. I just know a lot of times they show rentals before the current people have moved out or all the fixes are done, and it still rents. Part of the problem is not knowing if I am renting or selling and I won't know that until I speak to the agents and property managers.

The basement, I think most people would consider it neat for an unfinished basement but, it could be improved. I'm not taking it all with me so I'd have to get rid of stuff anyway.

The leak in the wall would be considered fixed either way as long as no water is coming through. The indoor fix would involve taking an air chisel to hollow out the crack inside the wall, fill it with hydraulic cement and sealing with a Dryloc paint, so it's not like just a band-aid type fix. It is so minor a contractor I called that does foundation sealing wouldn't even bid it because it was too small of a job for their company.



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5/23/12 2:43 P

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hi there,
just my 2 cents here. first, most people do not have imagination to see what could be. and clutter is a big no no as it makes it look like there won't be room for their stuff.

leak in basement. for selling you would have to declare something like that (in canada anyway) and a temporary inner fix may not be sufficient.

and curb appeal is important of course.

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5/23/12 1:31 P

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I agree to focus on the curb appeal items and let things like the sink go. I don't think most people who walk through will have the imagination to see what it would look like finished so you might be better off waiting until everything is cleared & finished before having people go through.

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5/23/12 12:54 P

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I was thinking the curb appeal items have a high value too - I was thinking of making sure this was done before I called property managers or agents - so that it would make a better first impression as far as dollar values they would give for selling or renting.

Also, making sure the basement was decluttered. It's not terrible but I've not been able to focus on that as I've been doing other things. You have to walk through this part of the basement to get to the 2 finished rooms downstairs and the back door.

Or do you think they would have imagination enough to see what it would be like when completed? I just want to get this show on the road, without rushing the job, either.

Lecates, love the idea of leaving the bricks for the new people to do what they want with.

The basement foundation leak really isn't that bad, and isn't damp because I already cleaned it out and run a dehumidifier when it rains. I looks OK and I will fix the leak but not sure from in or out. I can fix it myself from outside but that means removing the walkway, digging down, would take a few days. Inside repair maybe one day (IF all goes well LOL).

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5/23/12 12:48 P

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I think we've all been here. :)

Curb appeal should take a high priority. I'd say front door and painting front of house should be #1 and #2 because they could effect how much people are willing to pay for your house, or if they even want to go in. #3 for me would be the foundation wall--or maybe that should be #1. I'd do it from the inside to have it be dry and not smelling damp for people looking at the house, but to not have to invest much money in. I think it's pretty expensive to have the exterior seal put on. Don't they have to dig out around the foundation? I see $$$$$$.

I'd probably do the basement entry if you have time because you already have the supplies and it would be nice if people were walking through your house and went out that door. Another nice to have to give people a good feeling about your house.

I'd probably skip the sink, the electrical box, and the brick walkway--unless you have already bought parts, but then how much is your time worth?

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5/23/12 12:37 P

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If going to rent, might want to fix the leaking foundation so that you don't have to come back or pay another contractor to do it. The tub sink is really not necessary either way. For selling I would definitely replace the electrical box. Maybe leave the bricks for new owners to put in their own walkway. Definite curb appeal for the front door and the front painting.

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Ok, I just found out I did not get the job I interviewed for locally last week. I am actually glad, it takes some stress away from my decision of leaving. This has also spurred on my decision to get this move going!!

That being said, I am unsure of which projects I have left that I actually now want to do, since it's sort of been solidified that I am not going to be living there more than a couple of months.

For example, the laundry sink will cost me about $85 to put in. Or I could just say forget it and put in a p-trap (around $5) with a 4 foot pipe and stick the washing machine drainpipe into that and be done with it.

I guess my decision on remaining projects should be: will this project help rent or sell the house?? How much time and money will this project consume? Any other factors you can think of?

Projects I was going to do that are not mandatory are:

1) the basement laundry sink
2) tiling the back/basement entry (I already have the leftover tile, mortar, grout, etc)
3) sealing the leaking foundation wall from the outside (more work) or the inside (less work but fix may only last a few years).
4) painting the front facing sides of the house for curb appeal.
5) brick walkway in backyard.
6) replace electrical box with new. old one works, but is old and has some rust.
7) refinish the front door.

What do you guys think?

I still have several other projects I MUST do, like stuff to fix, but none are that are that time-consuming (I hope, it's an older house so never know).






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