Goodbye First Haus


September 13, 2013 by stpaulhaus


It was very difficult for both of us to say goodbye to our first home.  We had put a lot of time, effort, and funds into this house and had really made it into a home.  We were not really sure what to expect when we put our house on the market.

To our (and everyone else’s) surprise we had multiple offers in just 2 days on the market. We picked the best offer we got, which was actually quite a bit more than we listed it for (***doing a happy dance***) and we closed on the house a few weeks later. Deep down, I thought that it would happen this way because there just is not a lot on the market right now and it is hard to find remodeled homes in our old neighborhood.

There was one setback that we had a deal right before closing that was SUPER ANNOYING. The seller’s bank required that the garage be repainted before the closing at the last minute and the closing was pushed back by a week.  Luckily, this had nothing to do with us and we did not have to pay for any of it.  The seller paid a contractor to paint the garage. Unfortunately, the contractor did a terrible job.  I will let the photos below speak for themselves:



WTHELLLLLL!  Baffled. Completely Baffled.  Why in gawd’s name would the contractor paint the garage SEVERAL shades lighter than the color of the house??? The ’50s called and they want their paint back.  Not only did they do a terrible job of picking paint, but they did a terrible job of actually painting.  There were drips and places totally unpainted all over the place, and they decided to paint it approximately 1 hour before a rainstorm. They also completely trampled every last plant that was within 10 ft of the garage.  (***slaps hand to forehead***)  This is why I don’t pay people to do work for me unless I absolutely cannot do it myself.  I thought long a hard about posting who the contractor is, but in the end I decided not to. If you are really concerned and are planning to have your house painted, I would be more than willing to tell you who NOT to hire. It is no longer my problem, but it still makes me mad/confused when I think about it. If I was the buyer, I would be on that contractor’s ass to repaint it immediately.

Buuut, I guess since it isn’t my house anymore I should just let it go. oohhh how I will miss the lilac bushes…


When we bought the house the plan was to stay for at least 3-5 years.  When 3 years came around we just weren’t even close to being ready to sell. We were both still in school, I was 2 hours away during the week, and there were too many half-finished projects. When I moved back home for good after graduation, I really kicked it into overdrive. We went back and forth trying to decide whether or not to stay. I did have to twist Adrian’s arm a little bit, but once we found out that we could potentially get a decent price for it he was all in.

Even though we had done quite a bit of work on the house over the 4 years, we still had a few things in mind that we didn’t get to.  Here are the things that we would have loved to do if we would have stayed longer:

  1. Garage door upgrade
  2. Replace the side storm door
  3. Paint the side entry door
  4. Re-pointing the foundation
  5. Strip and stain or paint the front door
  6. Install new carpet upstairs
  7. Install new privacy fence
  8. Install paver path
  9. Reside the garage
  10. New retaining wall alongside the garage
  11. Pergola

Here are a bunch of photos that I took on the day that we closed on the sale and their pre-renovated counter parts.  Its eerily empty, but it is kinda fun to see all the bare bones of the house:

The Exterior


Exterior Before

Exterior Before




The Dining Room


Dining Room Before

Living Room Builtin Before

Dining Room Before


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Story of the dining room here.



Kitchen Before


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Story on the kitchen here.

Half Bathroom





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The story of the half bathroom here.

Living Room


Living Room Before

Living Room/Dining Room Pass-Through Before


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The story of the living room here.





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Story of the Office here.

Master Bedroom




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Story of the master bedroom here.

Guest Bedroom




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Story of the Guest Bedroom here.

Full Bathroom


Bathroom Before


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Story of the bathroom here and here and here (sorry spotty coverage at best).

Front Porch



After (sorry I don’t have any real after photos with the empty porch photo as I forgot to shoot one)

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Story of the Porch here (minus any finishing touches we did right before the sale including painting the ceiling blue).

Goodbye 1st Haus. You were a good haus. I hope the new owner loves you as much as we did.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Haus Hunters next week.  You can read about all the houses we are considering here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.  Now that we are out of our house we are really anxious to move on to another big project.


3 thoughts on “Goodbye First Haus

  1. Ashley Heitkamp says:

    Wow Sarah. The house looks great with all the work you put into it. Our home was built around 1935 and I see a lot of similar features of our home in the houses you have been looking at and posting. Best of luck with your new project!

  2. […] made a series of unfortunate errors that lead to the closing being pushed back at the last minute (sound familiar?).  It is a good thing that I will not be seeing this guy in person, because I would probably go […]

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