One of our tenants moved out of one of our duplexes a few months ago and it was time for a major update to one of our rental units. So, Ryan has been busy working on the space to get it in the right condition to rent again.
In the past, I would help a bit throughout the process – painting, cleaning and picking fixtures and finishes. But with Henry around, Ryan did this property 100 percent on his own. And the finished product is really great! I’m super proud of how it all came together on a serious budget.
I forgot to take any true “befores.” It was a classic rental – needing updating, cleaning and sprucing up. Here are a few after Ryan began working. It’s gotta get worse before it gets better.
And here is the property today … the challenge with a rental property is that I can’t expect it to be “up to my standards.” It’s gotta be nice, clean and liveable. But we also have to realize that people are hard on rental properties, so we also need durable and replaceable. And hopefully inexpensive.
This also means leaving the mini blinds – which I abhor. Ryan cleaned them well and re-installed them. With some paint, some cleaning, new light fixtures and flooring … it truly is like a new place.
The new tile Ryan installed should be really durable and is also easy to clean. Plus, it looks nice. There is also a really cool clawfoot tub in this unit.
I do love the old leaded glass windows.
We reused a faucet and sink from another property and reconfigured the tiny kitchen to be more open. While we left the original uppers, Ryan added unfinished standard lower cabinets that were painted to match. It really changes the entire room.
If you can imagine, this was set up as a pseudo-galley kitchen before. There was a long narrow island jutting out from the left wall. It was a terrible use of the space. This is better, and actually provides more storage.
We planned to have basic-grade carpeting installed for this unit. But after pricing it out, it was going to be more than $1,000 for the whole unit. Instead, we decided to purchase foam-backed carpeting from Menards for around $300 at the suggestion of my aunt. Ryan installed it himself in a weekend. There are no adhesives, tacks or nails adhering it to the floor. (With the exception of the stairs which are stapled.) The carpeting is cut to size and slides underneath the base boards and threshholds. It actually looks awesome and was truly a fraction of the price. It truly looks and wears like normall-installed carpeting. yIt will also be uber-easy to replace in a few years. And the quality is really not noticeably different from the basic grade carpeting we considered.
Onto the next project.
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