T for Touch Ups, Thresholds, Tools, Titles, Timetables, Temporary Troubles, Trips, Tired, Thankfulness
At the beginning of this project, selling the house, there were big endeavors like whole house painting, like reworking an electric panel, like moving the renters out. Now some of those things are past and for the last two or three days I’ve been working on smaller details. I call them touch ups.
The rental house with fresh paint looks (and smells) better, but amazingly I was left with more touching up than I expected. I didn’t think I was that picky about paint, but I’ve found that the line between baseboard and wall is more important to me than I remembered. I was glad there was left over paint. And as I scrubbed the floors around the edges, there was paint spatter to be scraped off.
There’s something about a completely empty room that draws attention to things like switch plates and electrical outlets. Really, what else is there to look at? Some of them are beige, some are white, sometimes the cover plate is one color and the switch itself is the other – so noticeable, in not a good way. I am not ambitious enough to make them all the same throughout the house but I did try to deal with the ones that were close enough to be seen together. I like white.
All the heating/cooling vents had been removed for painting, and I guess I must have said I would put them all back. Some of these were really old and rusty so “touching up” means cleaning and painting them. Bath fans needed new grills put on. One of the bath vanities had curiously lost two door knobs and a drawer handle which needed replacing. Light bulbs were missing or burned out in numerous places. Door stops and wall protectors were needed. Today alone, I made two trips to the hardware store and it’s been this way most of last week. I am getting very familiar with the layout, and it’s a big store.
All those other T words in the title have meaning for me, especially the last one – thankfulness. Time, another T word, has brought great changes. I am amazed that we are this far along and thankful that each day brings a little more progress.
9 thoughts on “A to Z: Selling Our House (Letter T)”
Selling a house can be stressful enough without having to do a lot of work. At least you are progressing which is T for terrific!
Oh thanks Sue. Liked your blog. Sizzle on.
Projects like this always snowball — I’ve just started working on my childhood home; started in the kitchen with removing wallpaper… but first I had to paint the ceiling, and now the trim, and then, who knows what comes next?!
Hard to imagine the days when pioneers were happy with 4 walls and a dirt floor, right? Hope you’re enjoying the challenge.
Touching up paint always takes longer than you think. As soon as you finish up one area, it makes anything that needs a touchup next to it more noticeable. I remember painting when we sold our house. The painting took forever. Weekends In Maine
For you it’s wall and baseboard – for me it’s wall and ceiling. I think I’m a good painter, and I think I can hold that brush steady, but I do not like the squiggly look. Why can’t builders make that line sharp and precise? I’m sure it’s them – it can’t be me.
Got this tip from my niece who flips houses. Put a line of masking tape on the wall about an inch down from the ceiling. Everything above the tape is the ceiling color – makes a straight line so much easier and looks deceivingly like a molding.
I’m Thinking you deserve a Trophy for Tackling all Those To-Dos! It’s exciting to hear how this project has progressed.
You’re such a T person!