Cole the Flip House: Week 14

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  If you’re new here (Hello!!!) or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 7 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride as I jump into flip #8!!!  Check out previous posts about this house here and follow along on my insta-stories for more behind the scenes goodness! This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.

Cole is LISTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And I'm just going to tease you this week because we still have a few little details that need buttoning up before I take my final "after" pics to show you.  I do have some pics that I used for the listing that I'll be sharing today, though.

First of all, I don't want to spoil the "after" by posting the real estate listing, so if you're interested in a fully remodeled, bright and open antique home in Natick, MA, please reach out to Hubby/the listing agent: Brian Goodman, Realtor.  Some quick stats about the house: 900sf totally maximized, 1.5 bath, 2 bedrooms, forced hot air with a new, efficient furnace, AC, with over 1/4 acre lot just over a mile from the commuter rail to Boston and 1/4 mile to rt 9.  Open houses this weekend: Saturday 11/10, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, and Sunday 11/11, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM.

Phew.  I spend most of my week running around taking care of finishing touches- light bulbs, missing cabinet hardware, mulch, staging.... I also got my hands dirty (literally) for the first time on this house and helped Handy Dad install a fence to hide the new propane tanks that I showed you last week.  Considering that's the side you see when you drive up, the propane was pretty unsightly.  Now, all you see is yard!

My contractor, George, really pulled it out this week.  There was lots of hustle that was greatly appreciated!  He was even over first thing this morning getting the new shutters up for the open houses this weekend.  I haven't seen them up yet, but I'm sure it's a breath of fresh air for the front of this house!  There's still a small list of outstanding items, such as closet poles, but I think the almost 12' of closet in the master will do a pretty good job selling itself.

As always, the end of flips and listing is always the most nerve wracking for me.  Things are a bit out of my control by this point.  I can't control how many people are interested in the home.  I can't control how many people come to the open.  By this point, I've done all I can to make someone fall in love and now I need to let it play out.  I'm going to be crossing my fingers hard this weekend!  The first floor is what I'm thinking will really sell it.  Mostly open concept with plenty of space for living and entertaining.  You won't get this in most older homes, let alone smaller old homes.  This beats any of those silly unlivable tiny homes any day (in my opinion.... I could never live in one!)

I'm so relieved this house is ready to be sold!  It definitely took self control to hand it over to my contractor- especially not having as much control over subs and budget as I have in the past, but I think the result is pretty darn good!  Just think, if you  came and put an offer in on this house this weekend, you could be all moved in by Christmas!!  Message me or hubby for more info about the listing and next week I'll be sharing the full before and after reveals!!

Have an amazing weekend!

Cole the Flip House: Week 13

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  If you’re new here (Hello!!!) or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 7 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride as I jump into flip #8!!!  Check out previous posts about this house here and follow along on my insta-stories for more behind the scenes goodness! This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.  

T Minus one week until we hope to list!  It's looking like it'll be all buttoned up inside but still have a bit of exterior clean-up to go.  Outside, the doors got trimmed out and look awesome!  The old, peeling, dented shutters started coming down to make way for the new shutters that are arriving next week.  The stairs and patio will be getting cleaned up and patched a bit as well- hopefully that will be next week if the weather cooperates.  It's either been freezing or raining lately.

 

 

To allow us to FINALLY get heat in this house so, ya know paint will dry, floor poly will dry, and pipes won't freeze, we needed to get propane tanks installed.  When we installed the new furnace, we ended up venting to the exterior and converting to propane.  In old houses especially, when updating a furnace, if you elect to have it vented through the chimney (which it would need to be if we stuck with oil), you need to bring the chimney up to current codes which usually means costly lining and other updates.  By venting the new furnace outside, not only is the heating system more efficient, but we don't have to touch the chimney!  We just have to deal with these propane tanks outside since there's no gas service available to the house.  Don't you worry, however, next week we should be installing a fence around them so they won't be so in your face!

 

 

Meanwhile back inside, did I mention that we have heat??  It's been a long time coming!   That means good news for floor refinishing because the floor coatings will actually DRY!  I have a thing for hard wood floors.  The older the better.  I don't understand wall to wall carpeting.

 

 

Since that photo about a day ago, the floors have a coat, maybe even 2 of poly on them!  In order to clear the floors to refinish them, all the appliances and remaining boxes that had been in the dining room last week got squeezed into the main bath off the kitchen.  I'm pretty sure tetris skills were needed to accomplish this, but this is all you can see in the bathroom past the piles:

 

 

There has been quite a bit more going on, but it's a lot of detail work at this point that really wouldn't be evident in some of the progress pics.  I'm very excited for one detail element that I'll be bringing into the dining room, though!  A remnant from Shorty- a heating grate- will be making an appearance if we can make it work!  We removed a heat grate in Shorty's kitchen and you know I couldn't bear to part with it, so it has been sitting in my storage unit waiting for a new home.  It was dirty and rusty and needed some love, but it's cleaning up nicely!  I don't have a pic of the rusty, dirty grate, but I do have a pic of one that stayed at Shorty and this one is the exact same style.  I can't wait to see it a part of this house!!

 

 

 

Lastly, I enlisted Handy Dad's help to get a little creative with a house number.  There was siding damage from an old mailbox that we need to cover, so we're creating a custom house number/planter box.  I plan to add in a cute little faux plant for staging.  Here's a progress pic before the number got attached:

 

 

With my mostly hands off approach to this house, I'm going to be biting my nails in anticipation for all the details to be buttoned up!  Staging furniture is getting delivered hopefully early next week, so it's full steam ahead!

 

Have a stellar weekend!!!

Cole the Flip House: Week 12

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I navigate through the business of flipping houses one house at a time!!  If you’re new here (Hello!!!) or just enjoy walking down memory lane, you can see my 7 previous flip houses here.  Thanks for coming along for the ride as I jump into flip #8!!!  Check out previous posts about this house here and follow along on my insta-stories for more behind the scenes goodness! This post may contain affiliate links.  For more information, see my disclosures here.  

Week 12 of flips always makes me think.  Week 12 was listing week on our first house, Clark (also the one with the least work needed!) and week 12 for Millie (the biggest project) I was still working on demo and was just past 1/3rd the way through it's 34 week timeframe.  Week 12 on Cole is nearing the end and it's very exciting!

 

 

I decided to go all white for the walls and trim on the first floor.  The goal is for the space to feel clean, open, and full of possibilities for the potential buyers.  Upstairs is closest to completion with just floor refinishing and bathroom accessories to make it feel finished.

 

 

The bedrooms got my favorite light gray (Balboa Mist) and the new jack and jill powder room got white walls and the same tile as the first floor bathroom.

 

 

As you can see, light fixtures (except for 1 because I don't have it yet...) have been installed.  I'm really looking forward to sharing final photos with you when everything is staged: progress photos never quite show everything you see in person, but once I break out my good camera complete with wide angle lens, you get a better picture.... literally.

 

 

The charm of this house is really going to show through once things are finished and the house is staged!  I did decide to go dramatic behind where the stove will be and did a contrasting navy tile.  You can't see in the progress photo, but the tiles are all the same texture pattern with just the color different behind the stove.  There will be a recirculating vent hood covering up the plug (and hole where there had been a wire poking through).  For a small house with a limited kitchen size, this room feels spacious!  I tried to maximize every opportunity for counter space as well as cabinetry.  Remember, where the stove is going used to be the pass-through to the living room?

 

 

Handy dad stepped in to help out with some landscaping and curb appeal.  He raked out the existing gardens so we can plan out where we want new ones and scrubbed some grime from the exterior siding.  We have a couple curb appeal details up our sleeves, but you'll see those soon enough!

 

 

I'm hopeful that inspections and floor refinishing will be happening next week and then the following week we will be listing!!!  If you know anyone in the market for a charming, small house with a spacious yard located just over a mile from the commuter rail, send them my way!  Perfect commuter location if I do say so myself.

 

Have an amazing weekend!