Lots of you have got been with me for the reason that starting of my weblog and particularly after I purchased the fixer higher home I lived in earlier than Mark and I acquired married. It’s been a quick 9 years since I purchased this fixer higher home. It certain doesn’t appear that way back and but, it does. Time goes by so quick as of late and the time has come to promote it. The market proper now’s scorching scorching scorching and now’s the time to promote and make the most of this market.
When you’re new round right here, right here’s just a little little bit of a again story about this home. I moved again dwelling to Atlanta after a 5 12 months stint in Birmingham, which didn’t go so nicely for me. I went by way of a horrible divorce, misplaced nearly all the things within the course of and moved again dwelling with my dad and mom, pleased to be out of a nasty state of affairs, however feeling fairly hopeless. I used to be grateful and optimistic, however knew it could take me a very long time to rebuild. Nicely, God had different plans and one 12 months later and method sooner than I ever noticed coming, he despatched me a fixer higher home to like on. With the assistance of my dad and mom lending me a part of the cash, we purchased this fixer higher home for $70K. This was after the nice recession of 2008 and residential costs have been nonetheless low with plenty of foreclosures occurring round Atlanta. It was 2012 and I acquired in on the tail finish of the foreclosures hitting the market and scored this ugly duckling for an important worth. I keep in mind it prefer it was yesterday. These foreclosures have been getting snapped up left and proper and I wrote a submit about my house hunting experience then.
You may see above what she seemed like after I acquired ahold of her and I needed to share the present after pictures of the yard now. I used to be the proud proprietor of a fixer higher of main proportions and I couldn’t have been extra proud. I’m going again typically and browse this submit The House is Ours and the feedback that so lots of you left me throughout that point. I had a lot hope and optimism regardless of what I’d been by way of. I knew I might make this ugly home one thing particular and that’s what we set about doing. It’s important to examine my mother’s devotional again in that submit too, it would carry tears to your eyes.
With the assistance of my dad and some angels alongside the best way, this home grew to become such a haven for me, a spot to name my very own and to heal and get again on my ft. I had been capable of purchase a home a lot prior to I ever dreamed due to the housing market again then. It was such a blessing!
I dug up these previous pics of some particular girls that came visiting and helped me paint the trim in the home. It was all stained trim and we have been tasked with portray each little bit of it by hand. These girls helped a lot in getting the trim primed and painted and I can’t thank them sufficient for his or her efforts. I do know Susan and Sheila are in these pics, however undecided the opposite women.
I don’t even know all their names now, however they have been angels to me then. When you acknowledge your self in these pics, please inform me.
It will have taken so lengthy to color that trim with out assist from these women and I recognize it a lot. On the time, the home appeared like a frightening process to make it one thing particular and to even get it to the purpose I might transfer in. Because it was, we labored nearly every single day on the home and 6 months later I moved in. I documented each single mission in that home right here on the weblog and also you all adopted alongside faithfully. I nonetheless get so many feedback now from so lots of you that began following me after I purchased this home and me and my dad fastened it up.
It actually was the home that running a blog constructed, as I mentioned in that previous submit. God actually redeemed and restored me with this home. He blessed my weblog 10 fold and 10 years after transferring again to Georgia, in 2021, I’m 100% restored above and past what I might have ever dreamed. God is devoted. God can take a nasty state of affairs and switch it round for good. That’s what He did for me.
It doesn’t seem like the identical home, does it?
I shared all of the Before and after pics of this home in a submit, so please return and browse that in case you haven’t seen these pics. It’s actually an inspiring renovation, performed on a shoestring finances with Ikea cupboards and plenty of DIY tasks and I’m so happy with this little home. I lived right here for five years after which after I met Mark and we fell in love and acquired married, we needed to purchase a home of our personal, so I rented this home out for the final nearly 4 years to Mark’s daughter, Traci and her household. There was a marriage within the yard final 12 months as they made it official they usually have a 3 12 months previous daughter, Rose, who got here dwelling from the hospital to this home. They determined to search for a home to purchase this spring and determined to purchase a much bigger home and I’m very pleased for them that they discovered a pleasant home to purchase. They moved out a couple of weeks in the past and I’ve been busy, cleansing, getting some portray performed and usually sprucing up the home getting it able to go available on the market.
The landscaping that I used to be so lucky to get from Southern Residing crops has exploded within the final 7 years. Simply have a look at it now! All the pieces is grown up and luxurious.
The hydrangeas are displaying off proper now simply in time for placing it available on the market. That lime inexperienced plant is Pittosporum Mojo from Southern Residing Crops.
The gardenias are blooming too.
The hydrangeas are in full bloom proper now, simply in time for promoting. I needed to share this pics so you’ll be able to see how far the landscaping has grown in 7 years.
Attractive hydrangeas wrap each side of the yard.
It’s grown a lot you’ll be able to hardly see the home now. If I used to be nonetheless dwelling there, I might trim again the crepe myrtles within the center, but it surely does give numerous privateness so I’ll let the brand new homeowners resolve.
I’m nonetheless so grateful that this landscaping was given to me as nicely, what a present. You might keep in mind that Carmen Johnston took on my yard mission and helped me get crops from Southern Living plant collection. What a blessing that was!
Mark has been serving to me get issues prepared by mowing the grass and placing out recent mulch. It appears to be like so good and we could have it trying excellent when the home will get proven.
Come on in and I’ll present you the home largely empty. There have been so many nail holes within the wall from me dwelling there and my renters as nicely, so I made a decision to make all the things recent and clear with a brand new coat of paint. I employed my painters to return in and do this and it appears to be like so good.
I want I had chosen Alabaster to start with, it’s an important heat white from Sherwin Williams and the identical coloration that’s on the screened porch. I had used a extra vintage white earlier than and may have gone with this to start with.
Alabaster is a superb coloration.
The flooring are nonetheless in nice form and that i simply have to do a remaining cleansing and mopping of the flooring after we’re completed in right here. I touched up all of the white trim too in addition to the darkish stairs. My runners I DIY’d years in the past are nonetheless hanging in there.
The plank wall my dad and I did is simply too. I’ve nonetheless acquired a couple of extra issues to maneuver out, but it surely’s largely empty now. We’ll end up the remainder this week and it needs to be able to go available on the market by the tip of this coming week.
The eating room nonetheless appears to be like nice and this board and batten mission was one of many first ones we tackled in the home. Dad didn’t get the entire board and batten factor after I first advised him about it however he was a believer after we put in it. My posts and pics again then weren’t so nice, however I documented all our tasks.
This Ikea kitchen has held up nicely too and I’ve nothing dangerous to say about Ikea. It’s a 9 12 months previous kitchen now and nonetheless trying nice. I wouldn’t change a factor about this kitchen to this present day.
Dad and I did that backsplash and I’m so happy with our efforts on this home.
I left the inexperienced paint coloration in right here because it’s a minimal quantity of wall. I hope whoever buys it appreciates all we’ve performed in the home. With the impartial paint coloration, they’ll personalize it as they want.
The display screen porch nonetheless appears to be like good too, however I’ve to get on the market and clear it up. By the point you learn this, I’ll most likely have it cleaned and hosed off. I’m promoting this desk and chairs and hope to have it bought by the point it hits the market.
I certain spent numerous stunning days on this porch. So grateful Mark and I’ve a porch now too, it’s such a blessing to have out of doors areas.
Down within the bonus household room, it’s nonetheless trying nice too. Adding those extra windows on the left wall was the very best factor I did down right here.
They add a lot pure gentle to the area. These built in Billy bookcases are an important addition too.
The laundry room remains to be in fairly fine condition after I painted stripes in here.. A few of the paint has scuffed, but it surely held up fairly nicely. I stencilled that wall solely behind the washer dryer I had.
Upstairs that is my roommates previous room and Rose’s previous room, they painted it pink for her.
My previous workplace area acquired a recent coat of Alabaster to neutralize it too.
The toilet self-importance was trying fairly tough so I repainted it in the identical coloration I utilized in our grasp rest room, Acacia Haze and it appears to be like so significantly better. A recent coat of Alabaster went in right here too.
My previous bed room additionally acquired Alabaster added and it appears to be like so vivid and recent. We left the plaid wall as an accent and the brand new homeowners can paint over it if they need. I’m taking that French armoire of mine again to our home for the visitor room. I’m performing some adjustments in that area.
Nook into the grasp rest room.
I nonetheless love this black and white master bathroom I did and it’s holding up nice.
Exterior the patio is trying just a little soiled, however I’m undecided we now have time to scrub it. However at the very least the patio is an effective promoting level. I’ll at the very least blow it off and clear it as greatest we are able to.
I’m so grateful to have this home and now 9 years later to have the ability to promote it for most likely 4 occasions (or extra) what I paid for it. What an absolute blessing. Not solely has the Lord restored what I misplaced, he has given me above and past what I might have requested for. Mark and I’ve a gorgeous home now and I’ve been capable of save a very nice sum of money for retirement (I’ve all the time been a superb saver). This home is only a bonus to have and I’m so so grateful for it. God knew when He gave it to me what it could imply to me down the street. I’ve such a coronary heart of gratitude for all of the blessings God has bestowed to me and I’m undoubtedly an affidavit of what can occur with religion and willpower.
He’s all the time devoted to us if we belief Him with our lives. That’s the primary factor I need to share with all of you. Serving God is crucial factor we are able to do and I’m an affidavit to His ample blessings. He has been with me each step of the best way, with getting this fixer higher home all the best way to assembly Mark and getting married nearly 4 years in the past. My life has had so many ups and downs simply since I’ve been running a blog nearly 15 years now and particularly the final 10. Life is just not all the time predictable however God is devoted. That’s one factor I do know for certain!
Thanks all a lot for hanging with me all these years and watching us rework this home and now me placing it available on the market to promote. I can’t wait to see what occurs with it and I’ll ensure and hold you posted. I’ve a sense it would go quick and for over asking worth. That’s the market proper now and it’s thrilling!
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