What do you buy a eighty year old man for his birthday? That was the question that had plagued me for the last three months. My grandpa has never forgot any of my birthdays for as long as I can remember, and he usually picks out something that his perfect for me. But he is also the type of person that will buy something if he wants it – which makes it hard for someone that is looking for a present for him.
So I am always keeping my ears open for any kind of hint of something that he might want.
A couple of weeks ago he mentioned that he wasn’t happy with the siding on his home. For the last forty years he has had wood siding that needs to be painted regularly. He was getting tired of having to maintain the outside of his home at his age and was looking for a change.
I knew I had found the perfect idea for a birthday present for him.
I looked in his neighborhood to find some siding contractors Plymouth Michigan, and was able to find one located at 51225 West Hills Drive, Plymouth, MI 48170, which was a short distance from his home. I booked them to come do the work while my grandparents were on vacation, so that when he comes back he will be surprised.
That is just in a couple of days.
I hope he loves his birthday present. I better start thinking about next year.
This week I am working in Arcadia helping a childhood friend of mine finish renovating his home. He has been working on the project for the better part of a year, but he has got to a point where he needed some help. There are just some things that he wanted to do in the house that he couldn’t do on his own, and he enlisted my help.
It was a good excuse to get out of work for the week.
While I am helping with some of the work, there are things that I will not be doing. For example, he has someone coming in to do the Windows Replacement in Arcadia as neither of us have ever replaced windows before. In those types of cases, it makes more sense to hire an expert as it saves both time and the possibility of screwing that part of the renovation up. We’re both man-enough to admit when there is a job we can’t handle, and thankfully there is talent in the area that can do the work we can’t.
We are hoping to get most of the work done here by the end of the week because I need to be back at work on Monday. It has been a good week – working by day and visiting by night. I am lucky I had the opportunity to come help him out.
It seems that all of the rental properties that I have bought in the last few months have been ones with problems. This happens from time to time, and no matter how much planning you do before buying a property, there is always the chance that there will be problems.
Trust me on this one. In fact, let me share a story with you.
Two weeks ago I put an offer in on a duplex in an area that I have had my eye on for some time. The good properties in the area are few and far between, so I had been waiting patiently for something to come up for sale that I could snatch up. Like always I made sure to keep my emotions out of my investing, so when I bought the duplex, I thought that I had a winner.
But I had made one mistake – I didn’t do a walkthrough of the property myself. I had one of my employees do it and bought based on their suggestion.
It was a mistake.
As it turned out, the property had some extensive water damage and we had to call in some consultants that specialized in Water Damage Restoration Castic to deal with the issues. They have been working on the property here for a day or two now, and though progress has been made, it is not in a rent-ready state yet. Hopefully we’ll be able to get it out there for rent soon, but in the meantime I learned a valuable lesson: I need to do walkthroughs on my own before buying any new rental properties.
December was a particularly rough month at work. We were busier than usual for that time of year and it seemed that most days in the office were rushed. Much of our equipment and uniforms were not cared for as well as they should have been that month to the point where some of them needed to be replaced.
Sometimes that is the cost of business.
I figured that I would order some new groomers pants at this time of year since things are a bit slower. Sure, we actually have enough uniforms in-stock for everyone, but I am one of those people who like to be a little more cautious and have extra clothes on-hand just in case we need them.
I guess I plan for the worst-case scenario all of the time – I suppose that risk-management is a good skill to have when you are the business owner, right?
It shouldn’t take long for the new work clothes to be shipped here and I’ll feel a lot better once we have them. In the future we will have to be more mindful of the tools that we use to make our livelihood – we should have taken better care of them over the Christmas season.
While I don’t have a lot of rental properties in my portfolio, I treasure each and every one of them. They will be the way that I pay for my retirement and I treat each and every one of them as investments. A lot of number crunching goes into picking them out, but I still like to inspect them in-person once we have taken possession of them.
So I found myself out at our latest purchase here today and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I had bought this bungalow because of the amazing curb appeal that I saw in the pictures, and standing there in real-life was a completely different experience.
The place looked good.
While first impressions are important, I wanted to see what the place looked like inside. I knew that this home had some water issues in the past, but one of my favorite water damage restoration Los Angeles companies did the work, so I wasn’t worried about it. In fact, the inside of the home was in better shape than I would have expected, so all we will have to do before we rent it out is a little cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.
Hopefully it won’t take long to get the work done – I’d like to have it rented out by the middle of the month.