They say a turn-key home is one that is built to an owner’s specifications — a move-in ready home if you will. This place was a custom built home back in 1958 (right down to the canary yellow bathroom tile) and so I have no doubt that it was move-in ready at the time. In fact, seeing as the builder lived only two doors down, I can all but guarantee it. But 55 years later? It’s definitely showing its age. The paint is cracked and chipping, the carpets are dingy and rumpled, and fixtures and finishes are echoes of another era.
Here’s a video tour of what greeted us when we turned that key for the first time:
The video is a bit lengthy (and more than a touch dizzying) so for those that would rather skip it, I completely understand. Here are the highlights in stills:
Overall, we think it’s fantastic. Everything needs to be painted. Everything needs to be re-caulked. Everything needs to be scrubbed. Scrubbed until our knuckles bleed. Apparently it was professionally cleaned last week — in fact, I know that it was because I was in the house when the cleaner was there — but she must have been blind because the place is disgustingly filthy. I destroyed two sponges just wiping out the fridge so we could put our groceries in it. I think we should spend the last of our pennies buying stock in Lysol.
So we have a lot of work ahead of us, but we think it will be a lovely home (it already is!) for our family. It will be a slow process of tweaks, replacements and renovations because we depleted most of our savings at settlement but we have a few inexpensive fixes in mind that we think will go a long way. And of course, the new bamboo floors which were installed last weekend made a HUGE difference.
But that’s a story for another post.