Week 4 is coming to a close and there has been significant progress, although sometimes it doesn't look like it. The contractors were working hard behind the scenes on tile work, electrical and plumbing. We found a few challenges along the way.
There is a leak in lower level laundry room that is causing moisture. We had a contractor come to take a look and we have to tear up the concrete and put in some drains. That is $5k we were not expecting, but we do want to make sure all the work is done correctly.
A few other things we figured out this week, 1) Paint makes a HUGE difference. We painted the exterior of the home including the brick. The picture I have here is not the most updated one but it does show the brick painted. 2) You cannot just change out light/outlet faceplates when doing a renovation, especially if the house was built in the 70's. The light switches and electrical outlets themselves are cream/brown colored so now we need to change out ALL light switches and outlets including the covers. 3) Don't assume your contractor knows what you want. :) 4) New garage doors that actually go up and down are a true blessing. 5) New windows cost upwards of $800 a window. WOW! 6) Always check the countertops and vanity bases for cracks and damage before you install them. Even if you already returned them to the store and got a brand new one.
I am sure there is more but I will leave that for the next update. We expect the house to be done in 4 weeks and on the market right after! If you know of anyone looking for a home in Herndon under $515k, have them contact me at 202-409-7513. :)
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