Exactly two months after we closed on our rental property, Lucas and I completed our renovation and welcomed our renters into their new home. I felt emotional that day because (1), we had spent the morning there doing final cleaning and capturing the “after” photos of the property. I felt so accomplished looking at what we’d achieved. And (2), I had finally completed the very first item on my bucket list.
This rental renovation was not only the realization of a childhood dream of mine, but also the accomplishment of a personal goal I’d made. I wanted to flip a property before I turned 30, and I squeezed this one in with a little over a month to spare. The poignant timing makes it that much sweeter.
Lucas and I didn’t get out of this experience without a few bumps and bruises. Maybe you remember our property’s attempted break-in? (Read the story here). Or just how miserable I was dealing with our kitchen cabinet project? (Read that story here). I didn’t even chronicle for you the day we replaced the handle on our shower, but didn’t shut off the water first. You know how this one ends, right? Water erupting out of the wall with such force that we couldn’t get the old handle back on to stop the deluge. Racing through the yard to the water shut off to try to turn it off before we flooded our property. Fun times.
But, in spite of those mishaps, we had an incredibly rewarding, positive, and unforgettable experience. We walked away with a sense of pride, a bunch of new memories, and a hunger for more. But, most importantly, we loved the process of creating a home for our renters—turning what was once an ugly residence into a truly beautiful space. Here, check out our before/after photos and see for yourself!
After Lucas and I handed over the keys to the new renters, we went out to brunch and promptly ordered ourselves some bottomless mimosas. It seemed like the only appropriate way to close out this chapter—with a massive celebration. And that day, though you didn’t know it then, we raised our orange juice and champagne to you, the community that made this possible.
Thank you to all of you who followed along on this journey with us, encouraged us through the process, and leant us your wisdom, experience, labor, tools, food delivery service, and company along the way. We couldn’t have done this without you, and we’re forever grateful. Now, on to the next!