Today Starts Renos

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I know I’ve been talking about them for a couple weeks, but today is where everything really starts. This morning I’m going to the bank to get a loan to start powering through the renovations I have to do. Because it’s this morning that I have that meeting, I’m going to share the verdict and where I’m starting with everything.

No matter what, I’ve got a guy coming in on the second for the roommates door. That’s a definite. After that I should wash all the walls in my place and repaint / fill in what I messed up on last time. I painted and redid about half the place with the help of my roommate and a restoration crew made up of the ex’s family. The closet is the only room I don’t go into much right now. But I’m still going to double check the walls.

So, that didn’t go the way I wanted. Got to pay some debts before I’m allowed to get this loan. Woo… So, starting small, going to do this on my own if I can. Just means the kitchen is going to have to wait for now.

Either way, the new door will be covered, and I’m going to probably need to quit eating out entirely. I can’t do that though, I’ll just cut back hard and save tons. I’m not worried though, I’ve got no reason to worry. My dad used to way, “if you stress about it, you’ll worry twice as much,” and I don’t know if I took that to heart as a kid, or if I just don’t anxiety. But whatever, no complaints.

Sorry there’s no pictures, but I’ve been super busy and have nothing new. That’s it for today, have a good one and be safe out there! Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

I had No Idea Apparently

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You’d think with me calling around and checking out prices and whatnot that I would be somewhat knowledgeable with this renovation shit. But no, alas, I know literally nothing apparently. A wonderful and amazing friend of mine actually just bought a condo, so she’s been enlightening me on the whole thing. Today, I’m heading to Home Depot to look at cabinets. So, there’s that I guess.

Remember when I covered my counters in contact paper? I’ve discovered paint for counter tops is actually reasonable in the pricing world. Painting is also fun, so I’m down to do that and rip the contact paper up. When I put it all down the first time, I really should have been more diligent. Ehh, you live and you learn.

November second is when a door person is coming by. Right at eight in the morning I should start to find out what that will run me. The door frame itself is going to be replaced, and then we can start actually looking at doors. Wood to fill in the frame is going to be the only cost friendly part of that I recon. I however signed up for this.

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*Fun magical emoji’s* The Next Day *Fun magical emoji’s*

Home Depot has no cabinet displays right now as they’re renovating. That’s fine because I got a catalog. Cabinets man, they’re actually super stylish! My kitchen is a small space, so I’m thinking deep cabinets that are bright to make the room feel bigger and not compromise on storage space. Or I could just redo the whole kitchen... Counters, cabinets and the floor in one go? I can do that!

I brought up buying a solid door for my lovely roommate, and my boss decided to educate me on how that’s weird. Most inside doors are hollow. I made the argument “zombies” and was again told I was wrong because the doors to the outside should be solid then. Well, fine. That makes sense. I don’t like it, but it does. Although that means I can save a few bucks. Hollow doors are quite a bit cheaper, and they make hollow ones with soundproof, filling? insides? stuff inside.

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Yesterday I was extremely stressed over this, but now that I’ve had some sleep I am ready to conquer this. But that’s all I have for today. Be safe and have a great day! Oh, and stay tuned for more renovation updates!
— Deryn

Calling Around for Renos

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I need to fix my place before I even consider selling it, and with that, I have made a list of things I need to fix. Is that too repetitive, probably honestly. In this list, I’ll also be adding whether or not I’m doing it myself and how much roughly I’m looking at for pricing. Renovations are not fun anymore and I really just want to be done with it.

Roommate went and saw some whales!

First big thing is the roommates room. I’ve been putting off actually looking for things like, an actual bedroom door, or even filling in a piece of her ceiling. Granted that is cosmetic, but it’s still something I want to do for making my place look like it’s worth more. I can fill a ceiling myself and I have everything to do that, I just have to do it. The door needs to happen, and I’ve been calling around looking into it, so far no one installs. Which is ass...

Bought Midna a Halloween Costume

Went and looked at some door prices just as a “what if” and found that HOLY FRICK doors are expensive. I want to have a solid door installed just for noise (Midna likes to bark) and zombie proofing. I know zombies are not a realistic thing to worry about, but I watched Night of the Living Dead and you need a solid door. Maybe a barn door or French door could be installed even. No matter what, I have to wait and see.
Got a response, should hear back soon with actual pricing and whatnot!

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My deck needs some TLC. Floor problems and open insolation are a huge problem if I want to sell. Aesthetics are a big thing with buying and selling homes, and in my current state I’m not getting any extra points. Work like this requires people who do trades for a living. I refuse to continue doing any more work myself. You know, it’s not that I refuse, I just hate it. Wow, I feel aggressive today, sorry about that. I got a little heated over this.

My kitchen is probably going to be the biggest job. Under the stove has a sunken spot in the floor and that kind of really sucks. Besides that, I have, or at least want, to redo that cabinets. 1970’s cabinets just did not age well and I need to update them. Rebuilding walls and cabinets are also going to take time. Revamping the place up will really bring up the value of this trailer though.

Otherwise, that’s really it for renovations. I’m confident that within the year I’ll have my place prettied up and ready to go on the market. No matter what, I’m going to fix my place up, not only for me and the possibility of selling, but also because I have found myself a long term roommate. This year is going to be my year, and there is nothing anyone can do to stop me. But yeah, that’s it for me! Be safe and have a great day!
— Deryn

More House Shopping

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Eww, am I looking at houses again? Ha, yes I am! There’s a house not far from me right now going for an affordable price (if I sold me trailer) with a full basement suite. It’s within walking distance of grocery stores and work, so that’s hype. And the back yard is perfect for Midna to have space to run and be the cute puppy she is. It’s been awhile since I looked at houses that are for sale, and this listing makes me want to sell my place.

Living in the Okanagan is expensive; the fact that an “affordable” house is just over half a million dollars is bizarre. Granted, this place has a full legal suite to help with the mortgage, but still. I know I complain about moving a lot, but I want to do it. My fear of change doesn’t help with moving either. (Remind me to make a Category for “Moving” so everyone can find these easier…)

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There are still a couple of major things I have to fix in my place before I can sell. My kitchen floor is starting to sink and my deck needs some TLC. In reality, to make my place look nicer (and more expensive) I should replace the cabinets in the kitchen as well as the floor. And the deck could use new screen or a massive window installation. I’m tired of doing renovations and think I’m just going to pay people from here on out. I just don’t have the energy anymore, nor the patience.

The east coast is in the middle of a weird plateau with the housing market. Right now in Eastern Canada, mortgages are going up a tad, and home building as a whole has started decreasing. I live on the west coast so that doesn’t affect me, but that doesn’t mean we won’t follow. It’s a good time to buy right now, so I should consider doing that. For this very moment though, I should call around and ask some questions about everything I can. Already made some calls about new doors on the trailer, so we’ll see.

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But yeah, I’m looking at buying and selling again. Hopefully I can actually make a decision because I really feel like I’m ready to make the change. Anyway, that’s all I have for today. Be safe out there and we’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

 

October Dates to Remember

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Happy first day of Halloween! Can you believe it’s already October? Oh I am so excited! After work today, if I have the time, I want to go to the dollar store just in the other plaza and look for cute fall / Halloween decorations. I’m not the largest sweets fan, so I won’t be raiding the grocery stores for snacks. Besides Halloween, this month is going to be busy.

First on the list in the roommates birthday. She reads my blog, so I can’t talk about what I have planned until after we do it. I love everything about her and she’s the best roommate I’ve ever had. I’m going to make sure Sunday, which is when we’re celebrating her birthday, is the best day she’s ever had. I’ll make sure to put up pictures too, just because I’m going to show off how great she is.

Next on my list is my brothers birthday. The kid is twenty one this year. We live in Canada, so that birthday isn’t the big birthday, but I still want to make sure he has a good day. He’s a huge gamer, so I have a few idea’s on presents, but I really want to find something special, so I’ve been creeping Etsy and Amazon’s handmade section looking for something. Monster Hunter and One Piece are his favourite both game and anime, so that’s what I’m searching for.

Last on my list is my dad’s birthday. My dad is amazing and I like to share just how much he does for his kids. That dick also reads this though, so I’ll have to treat his birthday the same as my roommates. He’s made his “what to get me” list difficult this year, so I’ve had to get creative.

Yes, I am 100% reusing this

There’s quite a few things I’m also waiting for in the mail for everyone, as I can almost plan things properly. After everything, HALLOWEEN!! Oh I am so excited! October is a great month, and I cannot wait to spoil the people around me! But, that’s all I’ve got for today. I hope you have an awesome day, and be safe out there! Oh and, here’s what was going on a year ago today too!
— Deryn