Sunday, April 9, 2017
Been super busy!
All of the quarter round baseboard trim has been removed to the dumpster on site as well, in order to allow the floor refinisher to get up close to the base board for sanding and refinishing. The removal of the wall paneling in the dining room, living room and entry was started, unearthing more evidence of mice (ick). Also discovered that the sliders in the dining room are not original to the home. There is an even taller header underneath, which tells me that the original doors were even taller, as are the windows throughout the home, which has 9 1/2 foot ceilings. I plan on replacing these doors (hate sliders) with a patio door that has one fixed side as a window and the other as as door. Much more energy efficient in the process.
On Tuesday, I will return to the local bank where I got my mortgage and apply for a line of credit. Based on estimates, what is being unearthed in demo, my list of remodeling repairs/upgrades keeps changing, which is to be expected. I need to finalize my financing to keep my cash flow. 3 of the main contractors/tradesmen only take checks, no CC, which is a pain. After buying my home with a 20% downpayment, my coffers are low. I'll make it happen, and was given verbal assurance that some monies would be available.
I've had the locks changed by a mobile locksmith from NY-pretty cool, he literally works in his van.
I had a bit of suspected mold eradicated by a local service as well
I've gotten quotes from 3 landscaping services for lawn maintenance, spring clean up, snow plowing and cutting in a new planting bed in the front of the house and mulching it, along with the existing planter beds on the other side of the front of the home. I am thinking of trying one guy first, and if unhappy, will move to the second. His prices were better on both lawn mowing and plowing and significantly cheaper on the clean up and mulch/creating the new planting bed. He also specializes in masonry, which is good as I am considering eventually having a patio perhaps off of the back deck.
Contractor is coming by today to get a deposit and also to see the scope of the demo, take measurements for tile work, etc. He starts Monday, as does the electrican and the wood floor guy may* come out and install the kitchen floor. That would be great as although the lower kitchen cabinets will remain out for a bit so that the electrician can more easily run the wires for under the cabinet lighting,, they can then be replaced, along with the counter and sink, for the plumber and electrician to finish their work in the kitchen. Electrician wasn't planning on starting until Wed, but reached out and asked if he couldn't start on the ceiling fans (5) and ceiling lights (pot lights in living room (5) and kitchen (6) as well.
I anticipate a flurry of activity these next few weeks as we work on getting the home ready.