In the end I broke even. I put a lot of sweat into my home, but in the modern real estate market I was very happy to get my money back. So I purchased the home for $ 63,000 on September 26, 2008, and sold the home for $ 63,000 on September 27, 2011.
Here are some before and after shots, as well as the evolution of my decorating style. I guess you could say I was a little more "edgy" (tacky) a few years back. I realized while I got my place ready for showings that sometimes less really is more. I loved living without the clutter, and almost didn't want to leave once my condo went through it's final transformation. If only I could pick it up and move it!
I'll post more before and after photos later:
|Here is the pantry before. I am all for beautiful woodwork, but this was not at all what I had in mind. Those sticky tiles had to go too!|
|This room eventually became the living room. The place seemed to flow a little better with this set up, and I loved sitting on the couch and peering out the window at all the city life happening outside.|
|In the end I rearranged some pieces, got rid of quite a bit of clutter, and hoped to attract buyers by showcasing the sparkling hardwood floors.|
Well there is a sampling of my progress, do-it-yourself-wise and design-wise. I've learned so many things with my first beautiful home, I'm looking forward to getting it all right with my new home.