Hallie-the-Duplex : Week 15 : Girl, Interrupted – Enter, Dresden.

Several years ago, when a boy and girl met, they each had a house. The boy’s house was bigger, but had been a foreclosure, so essentially a major-fixer-upper. The girl’s house was smaller, but felt like home, so that is where they resided. They did a bit of work to the boy’s house, including tearing down all the cardboard-type panelling that lined the upstairs and replacing it with 65 sheets of drywall (After a work friend who had been staying there split with his wife and punched holes in it). Plus, they installed a new master bath. The couple were crunched for time and cash and wanted to get this place rented out quick. They were new to being landlords and didn’t quite realize just how dishonest and nasty tenants could be. They are learning.

Here’s the video to give you a clue.
It sometimes gets dark, trying to adjust to the light, so please bear with me.
The video is charmingly set to the sounds of Joel installing a new kitchen door.

Here’s a blurry pic of what the kitchen looked like before the renters moved in.

Dresden kitchen before copy

Here’s the downstairs bathroom before they moved in. (Look, no sink ripped out of the wall.)

dresden bathroom before copy

Once we were finally rid of them (it took awhile!) and were out 3 months of rent (back to paying 2 mortgages!) We were handed violations from the City of Columbus for the excessive debris left on the front porch, the fenced in side yard, the garage and the boarded up front door. So needless to say, all rehabbing work ceased at Hallie and and we got started here. Seeing all the vandalism is a bit of a slap in the face to all the hard work we put in previously. Not to mention, we are on a deadline to get Hallie completed by March per the purchase agreement. It’s overwhelming and exhausting and a bit much for us to handle, especially when Joel’s work is forcing him to put in a ton of overtime with all the continual crisis there and I’m well, not as spry as I used to be.

The house is about 85% trashed out (the basement still has some.) We completely cleaned up the backyard, side yard and garage of it’s extensive ‘furniture’ (because they were the most disgusting mattresses and couches I’ve ever seen) and trash. Joel removed all the furniture himself one night (without telling me, until after because he didn’t want me to hurt myself) not to mention it was completely mice infested. A friend of his was supposed to help, but that fell through at the last minute. On the upside, bulk pick-up took the enormous mountain of furniture. So we were grateful for that at least.

IMAG1469 trash out copy


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