At what feels like long last, the rental project is finished! We’ve been working on it often 6 days a week since Labor Day and we’re glad to move on to other things.
First, the “before” pictures.
And the “afters”. Undoubtedly the biggest change is in the kitchen. It went from chocolate brown with a gas water heater in the corner to a creamy country white with a full kitchen counter and much more storage space. The new electric water heater is tucked under the counter.
We even added a new steel front door,
two storm doors, four storm windows and seven pieces of glass. New mini blinds all around make it look really nice. We listed it with the realtor who helped us buy these two houses in the first place and the sign is in the yard. Over LeRoy’s shoulder in the picture above, you can see the other house on the property. The little one bedroom unit used to be the garage for the front one. We hope someone who wants to be a landlord will see the potential and snap them up!
Our wifi in Liberty is provided by a Verizon jetpack call a MiFi and this past spring we started having trouble with it just going off to sleep and not waking up. While we were in Tucson, Verizon replaced the SIM card and it went back to work. Mid-summer, we started noticing a distinct swelling of the battery compartment, until the battery actually outgrew the compartment and popped off the cover.
Those of you who live in a sticks and bricks house may take for granted the luxury of unlimited wireless internet access, but this little device is very important to us! Our plan provides 30 gigabytes of internet usage which is shared by 6 phones and our MiFi. This summer in Woodland Park, the Verizon rep told us that they don’t have batteries and we weren’t eligible for an upgrade yet, so we just let that poor swollen little battery keep working as long as it would. Yesterday we went looking for a battery from other sources. No one had one in stock and the cost would be about as much as a new unit, so we replaced the unit and Liberty’s network is back online. It’s amazing how dependent we are on it!
Our weather here is certainly atypical for this time of year. Friday’s temperature was near or above the record of 90 degrees! Today is cooler but the next few days are forecast to be in the 80s again. What a way to begin November! Frequently we have a skiff of snow before we leave for Tucson but it looks like we may miss out on the first snowfall here this time, since we’ll be leaving in just two weeks.