The renovation continues

Our neighbor was unhappy with this wall, so he demolished it:

Rain 003-A

and replaced it with this:

Wall 002-A

Is this an improvement?  I don’t know.  Maybe we should replace those crotons with a green hedge that will mask those concrete tiles.

David took some golf bags, golf clubs, and luggage to Goodwill and was told by the attendant that they could always sell these things, no problem.  He will be taking more stuff to Goodwill and plans to hire a friend, who owns a truck, to take other items to the dump.

We will be so happy when Maria’s former bedroom is finally cleared.  Once that happens, we will paint her walls white and replace the drapes and carpet.

David measured Maria’s walls and said that our king sized bed, nightstands, triple dresser, and filing cabinet will fit comfortably in her room.  This means David and I will be able to sleep together.  The third bedroom will be reserved for Lisa when she visits from the mainland.

What will we do with the 32 inch TV, BluRay, and TV stand?  We are going to put them in the rental studio as additional amenities for the tenant.

Hopefully, we’ll find a decent tenant, who won’t trash the place.  It will be interesting to see who we get.

25 Responses to “The renovation continues”

  1. Olga Says:

    I would think that having the landlord on site would discourage the type prone to trashing a place. Not that you can ever be sure with people!
    Good luck with your projects. I would be inclined to make a project out of planting a cover hedge for that wall.

  2. Christine Says:

    Be sure to do a police check on all tenants! And get references. Hope they will paint that wall.

  3. DJan Says:

    Will they share other parts of your home with you? Or is it a separate apartment? If they are living with you, it will make a difference, for sure. 🙂

  4. Grannymar Says:

    Will they have a space to park a car? Be careful if you are sharing a driveway, you do not want your space taken over.

  5. ~L. Says:

    You probably don’t need to keep Lisa’s room as a room she lives in. She seems to have left the nest, and only comes back to visit you for a few days, with intentions of staying in the new area that she moved to after she graduates. You could use it for a room to do projects in, or another area of the home to relax in. It doesn’t have to look like a bedroom, it could have furniture that could convert to something to sleep on whether it is a sofa bed or one of those sofas that leans back into a shape that reclines. You could even rent out that room too.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      Good ideas. However, we will never rent Lisa’s room out because we don’t want strangers traipsing through our private quarters. It just doesn’t sound like a safe thing to do, and we also love our privacy.
      It would be great if we had hobbies such as sewing or painting, but we don’t have any projects that would require such a room. Our living room and family room are sufficient for now.

  6. Joanne Says:

    I cannot add anything to the tenant discussion, but can tell you the new wall, although lacking charm, looks structurally better than the old wall. Perhaps Mr. Wall Guy would be amenable to painting it a deep, dense color. A dark emerald green, for instance.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I am leaning towards having it painted, also, because the trouble with planting a hedge is that it will need to be trimmed at least once a month. Can you imagine the clippings falling on my neighbor’s property? He would be furious.

      Hence, I have decided to paint the wall the same color as the house, which is yellow.

  7. Denise Says:

    We rented my parents house for several years. The first tenant was wonderful, the second iffy, and the third, even though we had an agent supposedly taking care of all of this, was an absolute nightmare. I agree about the police check.

    Hope you get a solution agreeable to both of you on that wall. It’s a pity he didn’t discuss it with you beforehand.

  8. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    People have suggested that we could consider renting our VA home since a quick sale has not been forthcoming, but that is not something we plan to do. It is always risky having tenants, but at least you will be on-site landlords and that is a goo thing. Sounds like you and David are making great progress with the clearing out.
    I agree the wall would be nicer is other than grey color cinder blocks.

  9. Cathy Says:

    Hello Gigi
    Does the higher wall make it more difficult to see what’s coming down the street? I have to agree with the others who suggest painting to make it less obvious
    Private Renting as opposed to having an agent in control is not for the faint hearted – you do have the advantage of being on site tho’. Get lots of advice on terms and conditions that will be in the rental lease, one months bond is good for a start (refundable only if premises are in good condition when vacated) Think about how youa re going to charge for services (light gas water) because if there is no seperate meter that’s a minefield in itself.
    Take care

    • gigihawaii Says:

      The high wall does not impede driving. The utilities (electricity and water) will be included in the rent.

      • ~L. Says:

        Will it cost too much in electricity if they run the air conditioner 24/7/365 days of the year? or run it with the windows and door open?

      • gigihawaii Says:

        Yes, but we will tell the tenant to use the a/c only when they are inside the studio, not when they are at work. If the electric bill is much higher than we anticipated, then we will increase the rent after the lease is over.

  10. Karen Says:

    Hi Gigi- do a Google search for Hawai’i Landlord-Tenant laws- lots of information out there., which us helpful re: security deposits, etc. Good luck and sorry to learn that hubby is not that happy at new job, so perhaps having a tenant will be the best thing! Hope so!

  11. granny annie Says:

    Do you watch JUDGE JUDY on television in Hawaii? Her show scares me to death about rental property. There is so much you have to know as a landlord and it seems that the tenant has all the rights and the landlord very few. Oh I see Karen’s comment above and that sounds like a good suggestion.

  12. Tom Sightings Says:

    What Joanne says …

  13. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    You could offer the room as a B&B for visiting people. Or use both rooms as a business. You can keep a room open for Lisa when she visits.

  14. Suzanne Says:

    Good luck! I am sure you will check the referrals and that normally lets you know if someone is a good tenant.

  15. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I’m filling up bags for goodwill, too. I think the wall is OK — and I do love the trees you have against it. Perhaps something in-between that might grow tall to cover up the parts you don’t like. Grasses? It would be a shame to lose such lovely trees.

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