Friday, August 31, 2007

My latest adventure

I bought a property in Idaho with my mom as an investment. It has sat vacant for almost two years and when we go up and try to work on it the vandals come in and steal all we have done. My mom worked so hard on the house last year and we started over a month ago. This time we are hoping to rent it. The house was a derilick property, the farmer built it to raise his family and nothing seems to be to code. It has taken all of our imaginations to figure out how to make it livable. The farmers wife was living there alone when we bought it and I was amazed at the conditions they had spent most of their lives. It was originally a huge alfalfa farm, he has been selling off pieces of it over the years to bring in additional income and now, after his death, the wife was left with the original house and 12 acres of alfalfa. Every room had some horrid color of carpet just layed in, none of the dry wall upstairs was ever finished off, just bare dry wall and no closet doors, curtains etc. We even discovered that the downstairs bathtub never had been connected to the septic tank. It has been a huge project, thank God for my mom! She really has managed a miracle by getting this house looking so good. When she arrived this year the house was completely covered with 5 foot weeds and people had started dumping trash on the property. All this time I had been paying a property managment company to watch it and keep me informed about any problems that might arise, yet they never notified me of any of these issues. It wasn't until the neighbor called to tell me that someone had dumped a trailor full of trash that I called the police and got a clearer picture of what was going on up there. What a waste of money that was. I was up for about 4 days to help last week, we worked from 6 am to 12 midnight every day, something my mom has done for 3 weeks. I hope this little investment turns out to be a wise decision, right now its questionable. The weather was great and the sunsets were incredible. A small gift for all of us weary workers in Idaho. Thanks mom.


Patty said...

I just love your art work ! You have such a gift.
The sunset alone from Idaho is enough to make that investment worth a lot.

Wendee said...

Hope it is going well! It sounds like tough work - but you should be glad that you are making improvements on it. hugs!

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