Rehabbing, Renting, and Reality Checks


Today was a good day. Today was a bad day.

The interior painting of the house in Madisonville is looking good. However, we had to dismiss the painter as he is way behind schedule. Tomorrow, we believe (or fantasize), a new painter will continue. Progress to date:








PS: It didn’t help the painter’s case that I was at the house for 45 minutes this afternoon, and 45 minutes after I left (the exact amount of time it ook me to get home in rush hour traffic), he called to say he did not have any money for gas to get home. Steam rose from my head for about thirty seconds and then I said I would return after I made dinner for my husband. Return we did, dismiss we did, nicely of course, but in his haste to collect his supplies and leave, he forgot to replace a few screws in the trim holding the glass at the top of the entry way door. When I locked the door, the trim and the glass fell at my feet.

The roofer did not show up although he said it was urgent that I give him money for roofing supplies on Wednesday so he would be ready for Thursday. What else is new?

A woman came and wanted to see a one bedroom apartment in Elmwood Place where I am rehabbing three one bedroom units. It was for her and two dogs; one a pit bull that was brought up by her to have no knowledge that he is a pit pull and a puppy.

After seeing the apartment she asked about also taking the top floor apartment. I wondered if she wanted one for herself and one for her dogs. “Why,” I asked. Well, for her two daughters. After a few more questions I discovered that she wanted two one bedroom apartments for herself, two dogs, her boyfriend who doesn’t count because he is always working, one daughter with four children and another daughter with one child, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Tomorrow morning I go to court for an eviction of a man who is renting a house that he was going to purchase from a friend of mine. I am managing the house for the friend and the tenant has not gotten financing nor has he paid the rent in the last 3-4 months. Complicating matters, the tenant that I am to evict does work for me. We saw each other yesterday and spoke about the progress of the work. Not a word was said about eviciton court. This was beyond an elephant in the room – maybe the entire zoo.

Well, the zoo and I will appear before the judge tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for the next installment of how the brush turns.


Author: Turnip Times

Sometimes the truth is funny and sometimes sad. But the truth is always the truth.

2 thoughts on “Rehabbing, Renting, and Reality Checks

  1. The rooms are looking good in their new colors, I particularly like the warm shade of the last room.
    As for the rest, I guess that refurbishing, managing or owning property can be very exciting but that you always have to be prepared for all sort of issues too. And it sounds like you have gotten quite a few of those in a short time. Hope things work out better with the next painter.

  2. Thank you so much for visiting my blogg and for your fabulous comments. I really enjoy reading yours – you have a lot of heart. 😉

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