“Repo”-ing your own lawn!

Inspiring song of my day today: “The Forgotten Overture”, Finding Neverland

You will never know the emotions first time homeowners experience until you purchase your first house. Its been one week since we’ve had the keys to our new home. Since then, our emotions have gone all across the board. From elation to despair, deciding we made a huge mistake, and hating the house, to all the many unexpected surprises the previous homeowners left us. After really working on trying to be positive and leaning on one another for emotional support, we are in a better mind frame as of yesterday. Prayer from family and friends has also helped!

In a weeks time, we’ve had the popcorn ceilings removed and painted. And while I think this process is expensive to do right away when first buying a home, it was something my husband and I agreed was going to take place BEFORE moving in. As it is a extraordinarily messy process, we just didn’t want to have to deal with it in the future (ie: furniture removal, house out of commission for a week or more ). I’ll be honest…I wanted to do the removal myself to save money, but I just have other things in life that I need to focus on right now. I did however get 5 bids on the job and ended up going with someone who was not the least expensive but in the middle. DO NOT hire the first person who gives you a bid or the least expensive quote either, unless they come highly recommended, and you are comfortable without comparing competitive bids. If you are in the DFW area though and looking for a talented company to help assist with home improvements, contact me and I’ll give you the contact info for Dilosa, Inc. who’s work we are really impressed with and will definitely use again.

When we first signed papers for the house, we already knew what we were going to do first. And that first project began this past Saturday, when we sort of “repo’d” our own lawn. grass repoThe previous owners for some very weird reason, had placed astro turf, yes, astro turf on the dirt before then planting grass on top of it. Needless to say, it was maddeningly annoying and extremely hard to pull up. It took us two days, 2 headaches, and near heat strokes to remove it in over 100 degree heat. Please note, while this looks as easy as the grass removal scene out of “Dick & Jane” when the grass is repo’d/rolled up…IT IS NOT. Thank goodness we found it had only been placed on about 1/8 of the yard..so we really “lucked out”. Ha.

Stay postponed for next week! I will share our laundry room “remodel” with some before and after pictures! My sweet mom came over this evening to help me paint it, and I truly appreciate all the help her and my mother and law have been offering us these past few days. Love them!

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3 thoughts on ““Repo”-ing your own lawn!

  1. Phew! Sounds like a lot of work and stress, but I’m excited for that moment when you finally collapse together in your living room on the couch for the first time and all is in order and you’re done. That’ll be a great, great feeling! Can’t wait to see pictures and see it in person!

  2. Pingback: Duran Home Makeover :: part 1 | mrs. & the misc.

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