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Big Broken Box™

[Rock <--> Marmot <--> Hard Place]

The worst part is that I wanted to keep the Homevestors thing as an ace-in-the-hole while I looked at other options, kind of an escape hatch if everything else failed. It still is there as a major emergency exit if we're looking at life-threatening you're-gonna-take-a-major-hit-but-you'll-still-be-alive kind of thing.

At this point, I'm not in death mode. I don't have to vacate, I don't have to sell immediately. I have the luxury of time.

Some good did come from last night. It took me until today to see it, so I am a bit recovered from the unexpected smackdown, and it really doesn't change things all that much, it's just the closing of a door and the focusing on a new path. But what I was able to take away yesterday was a good talk about what kinds of things need to be done to the house in order to make it a "saleable" property.

The emerging path is that I stay in the house for a while longer, have the roof done, finish the front porch. Work on some inside projects (repair the ceiling in the dining room, repair the wall in the kitchen) over the winter. Do the further cleaning and disencrapification. Reassess my position in a year.

Take on the stuff that needs repair. Probably too late to do sidewalks this year, though if I can get some strong backs and rent a jackhammer I might tear out the side sidewalk just to allow better drainage.

There's a hell of a lot of work ahead. And I'll be screaming for help more than a few times, I'm sure.

For now, there is planning to be done.


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Jul. 25th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've gotten verbose.
Do the further cleaning and disencrapification.

I got verbose as I wrote this. This is my experience and it may or may not be helpful to you.

Speaking from recent experience, do the disencrapification early. Get the biggest damn dumpster you can and just start throwing. Only keep the stuff that you REALLY want or need to keep. Sell what you can, give away what's still good but throw - throw - throw!

Don't buy more stuff. Establish a moritorium on buying unless absolutely necessary. The library has books, Reddyrents has tools, the thrift stores have clothing, the grocery store has more food. All that stuff will be waiting for you tomorrow, still for sale. If it isn't, you didn't need it that bad in the first place and no matter what, you'll always be able to buy stuff.

If you got rid of every single pot and pan you owned, you could go to the thrift store and find something useful enough to tide you over.

It makes it so much easier to see what's around and to plan what needs to happen next to have the worst of the clutter out of the way.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow. I've gotten verbose.
As a matter of priority, the immediate need is for the repairs to the outside broken stuff to prevent further damage from occurring. Crap be crap, but it's not breaking anything permanently.

Days that I can't work outside because of the weather, I'm disencrapping on the inside. It's slow going, but there is actual progress.

Incidentally, the sheer amount of crap means that there is a logistical element to it as well. Staging areas and so on.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I love away.
Oh, I completely understand. And, like I said, it's probably more about my experience than yours.

Just to add, though it may be worthless - For twenty five bucks, you can pick up a "dumpster in a bag" and set it in the alley. When you are decrapifying on bad weather days, you can make the shit you don't want to keep magically go AWAY.

No storage until later, no staging area. Just put stuff in until it's full and call TUBS to pick it up when you reach the top of the bag. The three yard bag can fit a four by eight sheet of plywood.

Jul. 25th, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Not what I meant to say.
Not exactly IN the alley, of course. Next to the alley.
Jul. 25th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: I love away.
Jul. 25th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow. I've gotten verbose.
As someone who has rented dumpsters three times in as many years (okay, once was because of a flooded basement), allow me to chime in to say that is a GREAT plan. Avindair and I have planned another massive cleaning out of the house this week. Mostly clothes for giveaway - so off to the thrift store. Perhaps even some books and household items.

When not giving away or selling, dumpsters are the garbage cans of the gods.
Jul. 25th, 2006 07:22 pm (UTC)
yes i agree with dumpsters. I also think that given the age of your building that ... okay I hope you still like me after this...its a tear down. SO I wouldnt fix it anymore. Your location is immensely valuable. I would sell as is. as is. see, I just dont want you to rent a jack hammer and pulverize your wrist bones over it when its highly likely that whoever ends up with your house is gonna get a front end loader and ruin your work.... I envision you a little further out having bonfire parties
and goats for sadie's enterainment
Jul. 25th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Considered opinion from the two appraisers that have been here recently are that it's definitely worth fixing and not a tear-down.

If I don't fix, I take a loss on the sale. If I tear down, I take a loss.

If a tornado comes and does it for me, the insurance covers it.

Tornado = happy.
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Got any pictures of the box?? I'm curious
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Got some here, not much from inside yet.

Hey, you think the hubby might be interested in roofing again? I'm getting estimates.
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