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Initially we planned to repair the section of roof I showed you yesterday, replace floor coverings, add heat and cool to the second story, put hanging bars in the old weird closets, frame and build a wall between what was to become the boys and the girls rooms, and freshen paint throughout the home.
I'm not trying to be the master of understatement. We felt that the above list was manageable given our time and resources.
The horrible, smelly, organic nature of mildew and mold would be addressed by accomplishing the above and we didn't want to get stuck having to move quickly and find ourselves in a massive push to move while still finishing up the farmhouse.
We didn't know what we didn't know.
In spite of multiple showings each week on the city house, we went ten months without a single potential buyer indicating they were even keeping us on their short list.
And, every time we set foot in the old farmhouse we thought of some other cool thing to try to build or fix.
Before we knew it, quite spontaneously mind you, we had demoed the entire house - except the kitchen.
I'm so grateful in hindsight that's how it worked out.
Time was again our friend and so we just kept making improvements and learning new skills.
The youngsters stayed in town with me so as not to disrupt nap schedules etc. and the older kids established a routine of getting their schoolwork done, scooting on out to the farm, meeting their dad after his work day, getting some projects done, and then doing it all over again.
And by consistently keeping our shoulder to the wheel, each of us doing our part, (here's where you think I'm gonna say something positive, right?), it got a lot worse before it got better.
Wait until you see.
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