House 1 Remodeling: Hardwood Flooring Installation – Day 3

On day 2, the flooring crew finished the remainder of the hardwood installation in House 1.  Today, they moved on to the next step in the process and performed the sanding of the newly installed hardwood.

House 1 Remodeling: Hardwood Flooring Installation – Day 2

The crew returned for day 2 of hardwood floor installation.  On day 1, they installed hardwood flooring upstairs.  Today, they focused their attention downstairs.

House 1 Remodeling: Hardwood Flooring Installation – Day 1

The hardwood flooring material has had some time to acclimate in House 1 and is ready to be installed.  The crew began by removing the existing 10-year-old carpet from the stairway, hallway, and bedrooms.  Once the carpet and pad was removed, they proceeded with…

House 1 Remodeling: Hardwood Flooring Purchase

With the floor sag issue resolved, we are now ready to move forward with probably the biggest part of House 1’s remodeling.  House 1 is approximately 2,000 square feet.  Currently, the common area has hardwood flooring and the bedrooms are carpeted.

Repairing Sagging Floors – Part 5: Second Repair Attempt

After a failed attempt to repair the sagging floors at House 1, I called back Company 2 to see if they were interested in the job.  They were bummed about losing out the bid and were ecstatic to have the opportunity.  We met again…

Repairing Sagging Floors – Part 4: First Repair Attempt

After reviewing the quotes we received from the three foundation repair specialists, we decided to go with Company 3 because they had spent the most time analyzing the problem and had the most detailed work proposal.

Repairing Sagging Floors – Part 3: The Structural Engineer

The three foundation repair specialists each gave me different root cause analysis for the sagging floor issue in House 1.  As an engineer by trade, I know that proper problem resolution must first start with proper problem identification.  Many of the foundation specialists offered…

Repairing Sagging Floors – Part 2: The Foundation Specialists

After a failed attempt to have my handyman fix the sagging floors in the kitchen area of House 1, I started to solicit quotes from companies which specialize in fixing sagging floors.  Past experience has taught me that it is always good to get…

Repairing Sagging Floors – Part 1: The Handyman

While working in the House 1’s kitchen area for its remodeling, during all the walking back and forth we started to notice that the floor was not level and sagged significantly in certain areas.  This is indicative of structural issues possibly due to the…

DIY Landlording Success Story: House 1’s $1,000 Water Bill Disaster Averted!

In late October 2017, after our tenants moved out of House 1, we put in a request to the city to turn on water service in our name.  On November 18th, just three short weeks later, the city issued us a water bill for…