Update On the home front: progress on our multi-family

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In the midst of this craziness, I’m writing to provide an update on our house. I was grateful for this house and this opportunity to own a multi-family from the get go and now I’m only more grateful for the distraction the house has provided us in this crisis. Our house was actually built in 1893 and throughout the house there are traces of times past. Whether it’s in the detailing of the wood or the medallions we found hiding in the basement, I can tell our home has seen so much and yet, she still stands there strong. 

Each weekend, we’ve been busy painting, demoing our unit, and now we are putting our unit back together and with this care and attention, she’s being brought back to life. The house is a reminder that we will get through this crisis and things will get back to normal (or our new version of normal). The house provides me solace and I know looking back at this season in my life, that the house was just as much of an investment on our path to financial independence as it was an investment in ourselves. 

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a month since Nick and I bought our first home. 

It’s also odd to think that when we bought the house we actually met with our lender in-person, shook hands with our realtor, and hosted a paint day with our family and friends a few days later. In many ways, it was a different time and a different world, but it was only a little over 4 weeks ago. 

The past four weeks have flown by as we’ve been getting our hands dirty to prepare the house for tenants. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to: 

We painted…everything! 

Prior to social distancing

This photo was taken only 2 days after we closed on the house and it was about a week before social distancing was a thing. It was also the last time that we saw folks in-person. In hindsight, painting was actually the perfect activity because you never want to touch your face and you wash your hands consistently. Another plus, each person was in their own room painting. 

We are so grateful for everyone who came out to paint to help us, we wouldn’t have been able to do this all without your love and support. Everyone painting together felt special at the time and now in a COVID-19 social distancing world, it really is memorable. 

I Painted Parking Lines 

That’s a mighty fine parking space

Every multi-family needs clear lines so I painted parking lines a very nice and somewhat luminescent green, bright parking lines for all! 

Electrical and Plumbing Work

My Uncle Joe ended up coming in clutch and saved us with his plumbing work. 

We got tenants! 

Our house is specifically a multi-family and as the COVID-19 situation evolved we set the goal of getting tenants April 1st. We were able to secure tenants and they are all moved in. I consider this a big win. 

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the progress of our investment in this property as we are still learning new things every day.

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