Beauty and the Beast
Don't call it a comeback (h/t L.L. Cool J). It's been quite a while since my last post. Why, you may ask? We haven't given up, fallen off the map, or disappeared. We have been nose deep in a rehab (read:flip, but we are putting that to pasture, remember?) at 1002 Roedeer Dr in Clarksville, TN.
So, we have all seen the TV shows. Television makes this process look sexy. The hosts buy a house, meet with a contractor, and then 30 minutes later ... TADA; brand new house. When we were first getting into this I read a book by Marty Boardman (2013) in which he stated that this business really isn't glamorous at all. I thought, "Well how could that be?" Easy. You only see the big surface tasks of the rehab process. You don't get the down and dirty (unless there is a huge problem to report). As with anything, it is always the small little pesky things that add up the most time and money. Rehabbing is a beast, and since I am a glutton for punishment, I have tasked myself as Project Manager for this rehab. I come from the business world, so I figured this would be no sweat. Well, there is a big difference between running manufacturing projects and running construction projects. This project is only 4 weeks long, but it is a beast. I am talking 10 hour days, 7 days a week sort of a beast.
That said, it is winding down, and we are getting her prepped for the market. It is a seriously wonderful feeling to see the end result. In knowing that your blood, sweat, and tears (yes I had all 3) have transitioned from an ugly cocoon to a beautiful butterfly. The long game is to have others act as Project Manager. My talents are best suited in analyzing deals, but I have to admit that I really enjoy the process. I have found my days to feel more rewarding than they ever have since I started my career. We will have before and after pics soon, as well as some specific shout-outs to the wonderful contractors we have had an opportunity to work with on this project.
Boardman, Marty (2013). Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era. CA: Apress Media, LLC.