Thursday, March 14, 2013

Status on the Sheridan house (aka 'hoarder's house'

OK, now it's March, 2013, and lots of things have changed since we bought the Sheridan house! We spent about six weeks, from end of October through mid-December, cleaning out the house. We actually hired 3 guys, just laborers, who worked pretty much full time during that six weeks. We filled 150 cubic yards of dumpsters, countless contractor bags out for the garbage truck each week. We donated literally about 3 TONS of books to charities who would come to pick them up. Nearly 200 pairs of NEW shoes in the box, plus many bags and boxes of clothes were also donated. We've sent several car loads of collectible things to a shop that gives us 75% of the sales price. We have stored countless items of mostly new merchandise (everything you can think of - think COSTCO) in the two 2-car garages. We uncovered quite a few pieces of nice furniture that we probably will use in the house. Current plans include tearing off the two additions that were added (badly) over the years, tearing down the originally badly constructed (and now rotting) original garage, digging a new basement under a new 1000 square foot addition, re-pinning the foundation under the newer 2-car garage, new foundation and new replacement garage....shall I go on? It's a big project! The original kitchen was only 8X12 - really small. The new addition will include a new kitchen/family room, a master bedroom with walk-in closet and en suite bath, plus a 'powder room'. The old kitchen becomes a first floor laundry room/butler's pantry. After the holidays, we decided we needed a break, so at present, we are in Key West having some lovely relaxation time. We found a company who offered a six-month, zero percent builder loan. The offer was for a limited time - in order to get the loan, they have to be able to build the shell for the addition and garage replacement in May....meaning, we have to get home by end of March, get the garage cleaned out, get the one addition (where we unfortunately stored all the useable furniture) cleaned out,get a demolition crew and equipment on the job, get the new basement/foundation poured and finished - all in April!! Yikes.

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