We started with cleaning out the stuff they left behind, including the singleton shoes (I wonder if they have the mates in Ann Arbor?), stuff left in the back of closets, and one of their good plates that I found on the back porch. After filling a couple of garbage bags it was on to cleaning floors, walls, baseboards, and radiators of a sheer fuzz of cat hair. That was before you could actually do anything else because every step you took, every breath you took, made the cat hair fly around. So after sweeping and wiping all the surfaces Charlie took a final run through with the shop vac which has enough suction to vacuum up the entire cat. Then we started on cleaning all the walls of dirt, smudges, streaks, etc. They came out looking great and there is no need to paint. Thank goodness for using good paint when it was last painted.
Then I attacked the painting of the bathroom. It had been completely redone last year after a major shower leak but they never got around to painting it. They had selected a nice grey tone with looks really good with the black and white tiles and black grout. My other painting project was to clean and paint the spot in the living room ceiling where the water had leaked from the bathroom. I was able to get the spot cleaned up and painted but the texture of the paint doesn't match the rest of the ceiling. I didn't bother to repaint the entire ceiling but it does bother me that it is slightly off.
|Doesn't the kitchen look pretty!|
Our final effort was to get all the tangle of weeds and vines cleared from the back yard. This was the project that I most dreaded and it was surprisingly easy. It seems that an earlier owner had put down that black fabric to keep weeds from growing. It didn't keep the weeds from growing but it did keep them from growing deep roots so you could almost roll the vines up like a carpet. We now have the yard down to dirt. Not hugely attractive but at least you don't fear what may be living in the underbrush.
We did three solid days of work and now the house is cute as a button. We had a lot of traffic looking at it while we were there, especially since the property manager had given the address in the craiglist ad and we got a lot of walk-ins. I could assure the people that the parking situation is easy and the neighborhood is safe, especially the family that was looking at an apartment for their two college-age daughters. I know that there are at least two applications for the house and, hopefully, we will get good news soon that it is rented.