In the Beginning

When I make up my mind in 2008 to retire on January 1st, 2009, Jan and I did our semi-annual look for a retirement home somewhere on the water. We were not totally committed to a move, just looking. Somehow we got a little more serious. We found a couple of places, but didn’t like the often 10+ mile trip to the nearest store. We looked in Sylacauga, Pell City and nothing fit. We moved north to Southside and actually put in an offer, which I am glad was not accepted. The agent kept finding places and then one popped up in North Gadsden, on a slew off of the Cossa river.

I guess it had a better fit because we visited the place several times. It was owned by a Georgia real estate agent who was trying to flip it. It was vacant and he’d rent it to fisherman or just use it as a weekend home. I knew it had a lot of work to be done on it but still made what was probably an irrational decision.

Can’t believe it has been over three years since I started this project. Over the next few posts, I’ll try to highlight some of the stuff that was done over those two years.

I’ll use my list from the original post as a guide. My estimates were fairly good, but every thing is not done. Down to roof and ducting.

  • New roof = $7,000
  • New kitchen = $7,000
  • New window = $7,000
  • New floor = $7,000
  • New heat pump = $7,000
  • New ducting = $2,000 (there are exceptions!)
  • New carpet = $3,000

Some pictures from a Sept 2008 visit.

Living room

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Warped door into family room

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The windows – this on infested with lady bugs!

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Storage shed

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Back view from doc

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I’ll even post my $200 aerial picture!