Prepping my rental for Sale

Real Estate Agent with John L. Scott Sp34627

Dearborn painting

I have owned this beautiful old home in the historic distric of Caldwell, ID since 2008.  It has been my one and only attempt at a flip.  Since the closing date was Jan. 31, 2008 you can see why it didn't flip.  In May 2008 I converted it to a rental and it has been a rental ever since.   

In the last couple of years the Treasure Valley has seen huge market appreciation.   When my tenant left unexpectadly in October I decided it was probably time to sell this georgeous old lady.   The house is very large.  It has gracious rooms, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths on a quarter acre lot.  Beautiful wood floors and tons and tons of character.  

The first order of business was getting some tree work done.   At this time we had two houses to prep.   We concentrated on the other one first.  We started painting.  We got the covered porch painted and some inside work done when Covid struck us.  We down until the end of November.   Talk about quick work.  As we got better we slowly went back to work on the two homes.   We did a lot of painting in both homes and near Christmas the other home was ready for repairs.   We listed and sold. 

Bill and I went back to work on 1408 Dearborn.   I had a artist friend help me with colors.  I had some carpets installed in bedrooms (where the carpets were trashed).  We started painting and fixing again.  I personally stripped paint off some beautiful ceder paneling and Bill varnished it.  We had an incredible streak of warmish weather for Winter so we have almost all the outside painting done.   We rebuild the deck.   A couple of weeks ago the painter started in earnest.  It is so much fun to see the project taking shape.

I still need to replace the kitchen and a bathroom floor,  Get a little soffit and work done.   Today I meet with the stager.  I am getting close to finishing. 

This old lady needs an owner who can give it the love she deserves.

Posted by

 Debbie Holmes

John L. Scott Real Estate


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Comments (5)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debbie, great job, and for years you got rent to pay for your mortgage.   Will wait to see the finished product! 

Feb 15, 2021 08:50 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie - good luck as you bring your Caldwell Idaho rental property to market for sale.  Your area seems anxious for listings to arrive for well-prepared home buyers.  

Feb 15, 2021 09:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debbie and good job on getting this home ready.  I am sure this one will sell fast.


Feb 15, 2021 10:55 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This seems like a great example of plan B working out well.  I am thinking it did well as a rental and now the market has gone up considerably and this will finally be a great flip!

Feb 16, 2021 04:33 AM
Debbie Holmes
John L. Scott - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

Flips need to take less than 13 years.


Feb 16, 2021 04:46 AM