For the first time in my life, I have bought an older home.
Jenn and I have owned three other houses – two of them brand new and one was four years old.
Now we have purchased a home that is 28 years old.
Yeah, that wood paneling with wallpaper over it that looked like wedding cake was beautiful. The two different leaks in the roof were nice. The discovery of a pile of trash underneath the house was great.
With the work that we wanted to accomplish on the house, we decided to delay moving in until we had addressed many of the known issues. We have worked tirelessly for almost two months to get the house ready, and we finally moved in last weekend.
We're tired! It has been nearly a full-time job getting this house ready. I spoke four times at NewSpring Church on Sunday, February 25th, and when I finished the fourth message, I got into the car and drove to the house to work on the house. My days that I have taken off from my crusade have been spent at the house. As we worked on repairing the roof, I managed to smash my thumb to oblivion using a 22 oz Estwing hammer.
You may be considering buying and fixing up a house. You may be wondering if it would be worth the effort. I will tell you this – I am the son of a home builder, and it has been very difficult for me. I don't do this sort of thing EVER, but I kinda sorta know the general activity required.
I would say this, we have gained some significant sweat equity and learned a lot by fixing up this house, but I would not do this again for my personal residence. EVER.