Home Reno – The before…

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This is the beginning the story of a Pittsburgh DIY house renovation.

So my boyfriend (of over 2 yrs) bought a house. He had been looking for a multi-unit home for months and months, and then suddenly he had bought one. I had given up on accompanying him to countless showings months before. It was frustrating as it always seemed what he was looking for was changing. First he wanted a single family home so he could have roommates, then it ended up that he was looking for a multi-unit building to flip. It is his investment project, he had to make the decision for himself, so I removed my opinions.
So no, I did not know he had put in an offer, and no I hadn’t heard of or seen the place. This told me all I needed to know about it. In other words, I knew it needed work.

It was too late to share my opinion or change his mind, so when he finally took me to see it I decided I had to be positive, supportive,  grin and bear it to matter what I walked into. That took restraint. Here are some pics of the place from the first time I saw it. This is one of the three apartments in the multi-unit home in a neighborhood North of Pittsburgh.

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Walking through here for the first time I might have been overwhelmed, and my outlook may have been dismal, but looking back this is the moment I first seriously thought of starting a blog. I felt the challenge ahead of us, saw the opportunity to work together to make the most of the project, and saw the potential to share the process. This isn’t a family home it’s an investment project. Stay tuned for more as we take on the renovation.

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