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  • We are under contract!

    Had to start a clean thread. After 3+ years of looking and attempting to buy, we are under contract for an acreage! Just under 9 acres, about 3.5 acres of which is currently in alfalfa. Off the oil road, 2 miles to work, mature shelter belt to the west and north and a 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home that I'm itching to start redoing.

    Of course we still have to get through the appraisal and home inspection, both of which I'm worried about (of course I am a worrier, so that's to be expected).

    I also get to tear down a barb-wire fence. Will be starting from scratch for the equine-side, but the house is first.

    I'm so happy I'm completely exhausted....lol.
    DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Congratulations, that's great news!


    • #3
      Very exciting! Congrats.....


      • #4
        Congratulations! Fingers crossed that the inspection and appraisal go well for you!


        • #5
          Yay for you!!! How exciting, and my the appraisal/inspections go smoothly. Barbed wire..ugh..been there, bear the scars from that.

          Buy the best leather gloves you can find, coil it into manageable lengths, tie and take to the metal recycle place. So much easier to handle when it is coiled up.
          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


          • #6
            This is the fixer-upper (sort of) that you tried to get, didn't, and they came back to you offering your first offer? Cool! It was obviously meant to be

            Now the real work begins

            I'm not sure which is worse - re-doing, or starting from scratch!
            The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


            • #7
              Make sure to get before and after pictures- and then post them on COTH!!

              And wow, 2 miles to work... i think you scored a good one...


              • #8

                Now the real fun begins. I think we all have the dream of having a house that is exactly tailored to what we want, and now you have the chance to do that.

                I'm sure you already know this, but here's my list on how to save. To save on windows single hung double pane, not double hung.
                Flat latex paint works for all rooms. Porcelain tile, not ceramic (the big box stores sell out about every two years on most lines, so you can get great deals-and if they don't have bull nose, then tile half way up the bath wall and use a nice moulding on the top and it looks great).
                Click Bamboo (they make nice medium and darks now too if you don't like the light) is a value add for houses, where laminate adds no value.
                For window treatments I like to find an independent custom blind company that includes install-until then you can use the temporary paper ones for privacy.
                For kitchen cabinets you can save big by using the big warehouse outlet stores, or IKEA-usually you assemble them yourselves, but it's easy and a big savings. Or get an actual kitchen set up from a kitchen/bath store that they are selling off, and you just get fill in cabinets made or ordered for the extras you need.
                To save on kitchen appliances either buy the entire suite at one place, or go to a big appliance outlet that buys by the truckload-you can save so much money that way. And for a downstairs, casual family room or guest room carpet tiles come in great patterns and colors, and you can put them in yourself, and they are easy to replace if necessary. For closet organizers you get wire or laminate ones from the big box store, assemble by yourself, and you have a custom look for very little compared to having an organizer come in, charge a fortune for the cabinet hardware, and installation. I've put together a bunch of these, and they are really easy, double the space, and it gives so much storage space. I don't know who came up with the idea of closet organizers, but they were a real genius. Or get a closet company that does the wire type closets and save a lot over the custom, upscale ones.

                A friend had a funny thing happened when they were doing demo on their house. They had all of the plans ready and prioritized, had everything arranged, and then brought all of the tools over to start the demo. Then they found out the wheelbarrows they had were too big to fit through the doors. Plan B worked better.
                You can't fix stupid-Ron White


                • #9
                  Yay! Keeping my fingers crossed for you that this place works out. We just got posession of our little farm last week and my hubby is busily working on renovating the house as well. Just bear in mind, renos always take longer and cost more than you think they are going to!


                  • #10
                    Yay!!! Seeeeee we told you soooooo.!
                    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                    • #11
                      Congrats in order! Yay!


                      • #12
                        Congratulations and good luck. Hope the appraisal and home inspection go well.

                        Think about doing most, if not all, the house renovations before you start on the barn and fencing and ring etc for the horses because you'll never find time or money to go back to the house. Somehow the horses seem to take priority.

                        I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                        • #13

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                          • #14
                            And the journey begins! Good luck!
                            Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                            Incredible Invisible


                            • #15
                              Wonderful!!! Now the "fun" starts!
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                              • Original Poster

                                Really, flat paint in every room? I don't like the shiny stuff particularly, but I can wipe the Kong ball scuffs off that and not the flat. Maybe eggshell?

                                So we are tearing out all the carpet and we are scraping the ceilings and having them retextured for sure, but what to do about the years of HEAVY cigarette smoking on the walls? Should I wash them with bleach water and then prime, or can I just wash and then paint?

                                We are going to keep the cabinets and kitchen for now and I'm going to paint them (I do know how horrid/labor intensive that is and how to do it--I've refinished furniture before and my grandma basically did it for a living). All I need to buy for now in the kitchen is a microwave and fridge.

                                I will totally take before and after pictures once it is ours.
                                DIY Journey of Remodeling the Farmette: http://weownblackacre.blogspot.com/


                                • #17
                                  I don't like flat paint either - just too hard to clean compared to even a satin finish.

                                  Kilz will be your BFF. You might even just paint it on and leave it for a few months before putting the finishing coat(s) on top. I have no idea how much a bleach wash will help with the smell - someone here might know, or talk with someone at a paint specialty store.

                                  I can't wait to see how this progresses!
                                  The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                                  • #18
                                    Yes, you'll need Kilz to kill the smoking stink.

                                    A guy who writes a good handyman column always recommends scrubbing the walls, ceiling, woodwork etc with Spic n Span powder (not the liquid) after you've sanded but before you start priming/painting. Something particular about it gets rid of lots of crud and makes the painting smoother.


                                    I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


                                    • #19
                                      Congrats! We also are under contract for a place which is going to be a fixer upper. The horse area will also be starting from scratch.. starting by taking down barb wire fence!
                                      All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by TrotTrotPumpkn View Post
                                        Really, flat paint in every room? I don't like the shiny stuff particularly, but I can wipe the Kong ball scuffs off that and not the flat. Maybe eggshell?

                                        So we are tearing out all the carpet and we are scraping the ceilings and having them retextured for sure, but what to do about the years of HEAVY cigarette smoking on the walls? Should I wash them with bleach water and then prime, or can I just wash and then paint?

                                        We are going to keep the cabinets and kitchen for now and I'm going to paint them (I do know how horrid/labor intensive that is and how to do it--I've refinished furniture before and my grandma basically did it for a living). All I need to buy for now in the kitchen is a microwave and fridge.

                                        I will totally take before and after pictures once it is ours.
                                        BM and Sherwin Williams both have a Matte finish, has a tiny sheen, that you can still clean but hides imperfections. Use satin for trimwork. Shine = see every imperfection.

                                        I honestly believe that you save $$ by buying the highest quality paint you can find. It requires fewer coats, looks better and overall the cost evens out. Cheap paint is a corner you don't want to cut.

                                        Replacing the flooring and painting will do a ton for the smoke smell. Kilz won't hurt but the paint itself will trap in the odor. If you can, run an ozonator in it for a few days, that will really help kill all the musties.