Sunday, April 8, 2012

Back on Track

Last night, our fifth real estate deal fell through.

Jay and I are at a loss.  Our house has been on the market too long and none of the deals we attempt seem to be working out.  We think this is because the house needs too much work and buyers are afraid of that.

As a result, we have decided to take our house off the market to embark on a four month complete renovation to the house, with selling it in mind.  The list is incredibly long (and expensive) but here it is:


  1. roof
  2. windows
  3. exterior painting
  4. window capping, soffit & fascia
  5. landscaping project
  6. window box on front window


Install new tile fireplace surround

Remove carpet from stairs, re-finish.

Re-finish hardwood in hallway & paint front door

Paint office, wainscotting, window.
Install new light fixture in dining room.


  1. new cabinetry
  2. new appliances
  3. hood vent
  4. open shelving
  5. tile floor, backsplash
  6. remove portion of wall
  7. install peninsula
  8. paint


  1. remove wall board
  2. re-drywall
  3. install pedestal sink from upstairs bath
  4. new faucet
  5. floor tile
  6. accessories


  1. demolition
  2. new vanity, faucet and mirror
  3. new tub, faucet and showerhead
  4. glass panel
  5. tile flooring, backsplash, tub surround
  6. new toilet
  7. new accessories
  8. paint

To be honest, neither one of us have felt very good about listing the house without finishing it first.  That's not the way we've had success at real estate in the past.  Both of us have been itching to do these projects over the last three months but with our house on the market, we couldn't.  Now, we're ready to get to work.

The upside?  The radio silence around here will end!  Lots of great before, in progress and after posts.

Happy Easter!

xo Meg


  1. I'm so sorry another deal feel through :( Home buying and selling is such a headache! Your home is already beautiful - fully renovated it's going to be amazing!

  2. I'm sorry another deal fizzled out. But I think you have a great attitude about it! Can't wait to see your progress on your list - it will look great! :)

  3. Oh my - so sorry your deal fell through. Your home is beautiful! It also seems like there are a few things that can be just given a makeover (e.g. in the bathroom - can you just paint the wall panelling in the powder room instead of demo'ing it? Then a new tap, but keep the sink). Just trying to see if you can cut down your list at all. Good luck with everything!

  4. Sorry it hasn't worked out but how exciting to re-do and refresh! Can't wait to see the after!

  5. You may not want to sell your house after you redo will be cute!