We wrote up a list of what they needed to fix and headed to Sunriver. When we got home from Sunriver I got a text from a neighbor asking if our renters had moved out. There had been a moving van in the driveway all weekend. "not that I know of" I said. She texted me back three days later to say she had done some investigating and found out that the renters had packed up and left, they left the keys with a neighbor and told them that we were aware of the situation and would be in contact with them. (we were not aware and we had no contact information for this neighbor and they had no contact information for us) Thank goodness for our neighbor who let us know. We packed up our stuff and headed to Oregon that weekend. We worked our tails off and planned to come back the following weekend. During the week my mom and Dad came up to help out around the house. Honestly, we could not have finished without the help of my family. I don't even know how I did what I did at 36/37 weeks pregnant. We worked 13-14 hour days with no breaks. I came back with a case of carpal tunnel (i'm sure from gripping a paint brush for so long) and a case of tendonitis in my foot that seems to have flared up pretty badly. We worked SO hard and managed to get 99% of the house finished. I am posting some before and after pics. The before pics don't even begin to show the reality of how bad it was. 1st. The backyard/deck before and after. We pressure washed, sanded and repainted the deck, replaced rotting boards, cut down dying curly willow in back, weeded, trimmed and laid barkdust...
After: ah....as good as we could get it in two weekends.
The stove top before. I assumed that we would have to purchase a whole new stovetop. Seriously people, it's called a brillo pad...use it!
Before picture of the back yard. They had all sorts of contraptions put up, I guess to keep the dog in the yard (although it's fully fenced) ugh...our poor neighbors
Another before picture of the yard. SOOOOOO sad
after, we did the best we could, and it's Oregon so the grass should be easy to replant. I guess they had put a swimming pool in the middle of the yard and left it there all winter. Not the best idea....
An after picture of the kitchen. Blinds were all closed, so it's dark, but it's clean. We learned some very important lessons about being landlords. DO WALK-THROUGHS regularly!! On a postive note, we have some friends in our Keizer ward who are planning on renting for a month or two and then purchasing the home. They are moving in the end of August. They are replacing the master bdrm carpet, and doing the yard work for us this month. It's all a long story, but we feel like this is such an amazing blessing, how it all came about and how it's all working out. So now we are back home, i'm trying to rest and recover from the craziest month of July EVER!