Persevering the New House

benbuie | 8/13/14

We had no idea what buying a house meant, let alone a fixer-upper. Right now I’m sitting on my bed exhausted. I just got done putting the second coat of sealant on the basement floor. I’m currently on a mad dash to finish the basement and refinance by the end of the year to get our PMI down.

My next projects are to wire the lights in the basement and then drywall the ceiling. I may pay someone to do the drywall, but I’m kind of excited to do the lights myself. After the basement is done, I’ll start on the bathrooms. Ahhh!

On a happier note, I think I won the battle with mice. I had to learn their ways, block their paths, and catch the stragglers. I haven’t seen any new evidence of them for a couple weeks, but the true test will be when winter comes.

Looking back on the past 3 months of non-stop work, I often ask myself if I would ever by a fixer-upper again. The answer is no, but I would probably by this fixer-upper again. It is turning out to be the perfect house for our little family, I just need to stick in there for a couple more months.


About the Author

Ben currently works as a contract web developer and business consultant in Boulder, Colorado.

His passion for entrepreneurship led him to study business and learn to code. Although he never anticipated working on the web, Ben has spent the past 9 years learning everything he could about building and operating websites and web assets.

When not at work, Ben spends a lot of his time with family. He is married to a “beautiful” woman and they are raising 4 energetic boys. In his spare time he loves keeping up with technology, playing guitar, eating Sweet Cow ice cream, and painting (although he has very little time for painting these days). Other than that, Ben is a supporter of freedom and liberty, a fluent speaker of Russian, and he tries to be a humble follower of Jesus.

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