When we bought a new home & moved into it (while I was 8 months preggos, mind you!), the biggest factor for our crazy decision to buy were three-fold:
1. It’s a detached home (meaning we’ll no longer hear our neighbours coughing, or opening & shutting their drawers through the wall!)
2. It was at a great price point for the area (translation: major fixer-upper)
3. It had a huge basement (which meant we could jazz it up & rent it out… which would help financially during my maternity leave & it would fit into our long-range plans of becoming landlords over several income properties).
Now, since the baby’s arrived, the renovations have been pretty much nil, but I did want to show you a bit of a sneak peek into what going on down under:
Here is the before of the back living room wall with the previous owners’ furniture:
After the papers were signed, we removed the swampy carpet to discover mold (!), and we removed the panelling, only to realize the foundation of the back wall was cracked, letting water come inside:
A big culprit: right behind our house was a really steep hill where all the water draining from the houses on the top of the hill, would continually hit the back wall of our house, causing the foundation to wear. Yes, the hill would be great for future tobogganing, but our mould-filled lungs would lose this ‘uphill battle’ (ha!)
So, we got two guys in with heavy machinery, who dug a big trench behind our house & waterproofed the basement (they did this before winter hit, and before the soil had a chance to settle in).
Once the rain & snow fell, a big sinkhole formed by the basement windows… this thing just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
So, now with spring around the corner, we’ll be getting the hole filled in, grass laid, and we’ll be focusing more on the interior of the basement.
Here is what it looked like after the back wall was waterproofed, insulated, & dry walled, and after pot lights were installed: