Sweat Equity on the Rise!!

Jim and Kristina have taken advantage of the real estate market.

At the start of 2009 this couple sold their home in Meridian with the intention of moving to California to be near family. After months and months of looking at several homes in the Golden State, the couple became discouraged and began to sense that Boise Idaho’s pricing, along with quality of living, was too good to pass up. With that, Jim, Kristina and I began a search for their new home.

New construction, short sales, bank-owned property and occupied homes alike all had positives and negatives. When the dust settled, however, the couple found that a well-built bank-owned property within a cozy community fit the bill very nicely. Although the floors were ratty, the paint distasteful and curb appeal lacking, the home had much potential. The kitchen was open and bright with plenty of cabinet space, the floor plan flowed with ease and the quality of construction was first rate. In 2006 this home would have sold for the mid 180’s but by working together, the Beans were able to make the purchase for only $130,000.

Jim and Kristina have always been “handy” people. In fact, while in California the couple spent many weeks helping their son and daughter construct their personal home. During this time, Jim and Kristina learned trades that included installing tile, hardwood flooring, siding-you name it!! The knowledge was definitely put to good use.

The work began. Kristina began stripping the countertops and laying tile. Jim started pulling the dirty carpet and ripped vinyl planning to lay a hickory floor. All the while, doing prep work for the full interior paint job. After nearly 30 days of sleeping on cots and eating cold dinners, the Beans completed their project and invited me over to see the results of their “sweat equity”.

I could hardly believe that it was the same home! The smell of fresh paint and lacquer was prevalent while Kristina excitedly directly me toward the kitchen. Granite and tile graced the middle island, countertops and backsplashes; the cabinetry was antiqued while the stainless steel appliances topped it off. “Wow!” I exclaimed. Next, Jim spoke about the hickory flooring that was laid throughout the first floor. It was gorgeous and only cost $1,000 for the material! Jim and Kristina were proud of their work and had every right to be. Click for more information if you want to achieve such an impressive result, too.

Before leaving, Jim and I discussed the market and what the home might sell for right now. At least $150,000, I mentioned, if not more. Jim stated that he and Kristina had put $2,000 (plus or minus) into material and couldn’t be more thrilled that they had realistically made $16,000 for their time. “In a year or so, Matt, we’ll be doing this again. And also, my kids down South are itching take advantage of the pricing around here”.

Jim, Kristina and I

Jim, Kristina and I

Before Remodel--Kitchen

Before Remodel--Kitchen

After Remodel--Kitchen

After Remodel--Kitchen

Before Remodel--Living Room

Before Remodel--Living Room

After Remodel--Living room/mantle

After Remodel--Living room/mantle