Thursday, October 21, 2010

My house - trashed

On Saturday we moved back into our house. It needs a lot of work, to give you an idea here are some pics
This is in the lounge room, the first room of our house. All the cornices have mold on them like this, darker in some places.

I am just glad the lounge was not as bad as the bedroom, see...
Yeah, I know the light is a sexy as pendant, lol. That will be getting changed.

The kitchen is worse with the paint peeling, moldy and the oven looking like this

That took heaps of strong as chemicals to get it looking decent. It was near new when they moved in. I wont even show you INSIDE the oven!

Another delightful find in the kitchen was the "patched up" hole in the ceiling.

The rumpus room was not moldy but here is just some of the damage to the floors

The bathroom almost bought me to tears. It was BRAND NEW when they moved in. It had just been completed (not how I wanted it, but that's another story!) Here you can sort of see how bad it is, I know the lighting is not that fantastic, but believe me, it was horrendeous. It looks better in this pic than in reality.

The entire floor looks like this...

And the ceiling like this...

I seriously think they never opened a window or used the exhaust fan.

And next we have my backyard

What? There is a huge pile of crap in my backyard? Yes, there is, and 2 more on the driveway and MORE in the garage. Gee I am so lucky.

Did my tenants get their bond back?

Let me think about that...


On the upside we wanted to repaint and do a few things, so now, whilst it is more work, it is not entirely coming out of our pocket.

AND we got all the paint for less than 1/2 price. The floors are going to be 1/3 what we were quoted previously (a few years ago) and my husband is supremely motivated to finish it and sell it.


Originally he was thinkng we'd take 18 months to 2years. Now he is like asap!!

So stay tuned, I'll update you on the progress.


  1. Oh, I am soooo sorry you had those kinds of tenants. Some people can cause so much trouble and work for others. I hope you're able to sell your house quickly.

    ~ Yaya

  2. Thanks. :)

    They were really good up until we gave them notice, then it's like they stopped caring. They never missed rent and had no qualms about the bond, so it's ok. Could've been much, much worse.

  3. WOW!! I know you told me about it but WOW. I'd help you if I was there otherwise the other option is knock down rebuild lol But your plans for it sound good, cant wait to see after pics.

  4. HOLY CRAP! IT LOOKS SO MUCH WORSE THAN YOU DESCRIBED! well, out with the old and in with the new!

  5. Ugh. So sorry for the mess you're dealing with. We've had a rental for about ten years now. In that time we've had five different renters.

    The first one was awesome. Treated it like it was their own. The next one trashed it and it ended up costing us several thousand dollars to fix (carpets trashed, windows just plain missing, severe water damage to cabinets, etc.). The next couple was great again. The next was a single girl and she was pretty good until she went to jail for not paying a ticket and her brother and his friends trashed it again (mostly just clean up this time -- including human feces). Right now our tenants are good. Knock on wood.

    I hope you have lots of success as you redo things and then as you sell.

    Just noticed you were following my blog and wanted to stop by and say hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good luck with the million dollars as well.

  6. Thanks everyone. :) Sorry, I thought I had replied to these comments. We fixed a bit of it, then my husband lost his job, so it is still a process.