Woo Hoo! New Tenants!

by kelly


As of May 1, we’ll have some new tenants living upstairs from us. I was worried that we’d go much longer without anyone to help us out with our mortgage payments (one of our previous tenants moved out last December, and the other one is done at the end of March).

These new people are both college grads. One is currently a Master’s Student in Theology. They know that the place isn’t the Ritz, but they said they picked it both because the price is hard to beat AND because they appreciate the care that Paul puts into taking care of the place. (Awwwww.)

Apparently on his tour with them he showed them how he’s currently repainting and wainscoting the bathroom, how he’s painted nearly every room in the place, and, yes, ladies and gentleman, how he added a primo deluxe toilet model known as “The Champion.”

Our last tenants were a family member and his buddy, respectively. This is our first experience with new people. But they’re great, and I’m excited!! (We’re going to have an actual written lease this time, too – a month-to-monther, just to keep it as flexible as possible on all sides).

Lately, I’ve been a little bummed out about the house. I think it might be the fixer-upper-two-year-itch. That is, we moved into our place (a nearly 80-year-old Bungalow) about two years ago. It needed lots of work, but that’s part of why we got a great price. Like all buyers, we were optimistic. We immediately pulled up carpet, had hard wood floors refinished, had the lower level (inside) painted by professionals, and Paul painted most of the upper level inside. We installed new carpet upstairs, and put in new kitchen flooring (just vinyl) in the downstairs and upstairs kitchens. Paul installed new toilets upstairs and down, and we also bought kitchen appliances for the place (stove, fridge, dishwasher), since neither kitchen came with any.

The amount of improvement after just those things was astonishing. Over time, Paul replaced a few light fixtures. We had ugly wallpaper removed from our bathroom. We had the common stairwell painted. I had some shelves installed in my closet. When the furnace broke, we replaced that, too.

But after all that, it starts to sink in how much MORE there is to do, how much we don’t want to spend much money doing it, and how little time we have for this kind of thing now that there’s a baby around! I’ve been wondering if we shouldn’t just have bought a tiny place for ourselves, and paid a mortgage that is half the price of ours, instead of paying double, and having the landlord and extra fix-up obligations.

And now that we’re thinking we’ll move on in a couple of years, I’ve been looking around with a pessimistic seller’s eye. Would someone actually buy this place? Paul is more optimistic on that front than I am.

But oh, well. I guess it will all work out. Actually, I already feel better after listing all the things we HAVE done. We’ve got new tenants for now, and we’ll get to some other things as time unfolds…

2 Responses to “Woo Hoo! New Tenants!”

  1. nicolek Says:

    well, good for you in one way, bad for you in another. Are you losing a babysitter?

    Hope things work out great all around.

  2. Kelly Says:

    Well, Uncle M. hasn’t ever done any baby sitting yet. I’m sure we’ll all be ready for that SOME day…