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know how to survive fixer-upper hell?<br><br>
We moved into this house a year ago and have been working on it almost full time. I see now we way underestimated how long it would take. We're not even talking major renovations, I'm just trying to get it from haunted house to liveable.<br><br>
It's so depressing. Peeling paint on every surface that isn't covered with peeling ripped wallpaper, old windows crusted with flaking paint, floors with 60 years of wax buildup, etc. It was an exciting challenge a year ago, now it is a sickening nightmare. It goes without saying that we ran out of money a long time ago, so hiring people to do the work would mean taking out a loan, which I am about ready to do at this point.<br><br>
How do people DO this? We always have a project going, but everything takes so long. I never wanted to be a slave to a house, but that's what we are, the whole family. Dd has learned how to wield a paintbrush but she's also been on the back burner WAY more than I ever wanted. I think she is starting to hate this house, how it is sucking our lives away.<br><br>
I feel like I have lost a year of my life to this house, with no end in sight.<br>
The worst part is, this is not even the house of our dreams. It would be different if I wanted to live here for the rest of my life. It's just for a few years...<br><br>
I guess I'm hoping for some light at the end of the tunnel, cause it looks so bleak right now.
 

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i couldnt read with out sending hugs...
 

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Are you doing projects all over teh house, or one room at a time? With our place (nowhere near as far gone as yours, it sounds, but even so) I felt great coming into the MB at the end of the day b/c we finished it first, and I could close the door and pretend the house was done. It was an escape room.<br>
So I wonder, then, if you concentrated your projects in one room at a time, if the results would be more satisfying, i.e. just keep working in the kitchen until it was really really done, and then you'd feel renewed every time you went in there.<br><br>
I feel your pain, though, and remember, it's only for a few years, and every paind stroke and hammer swing earns you more money in the end!
 

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Finish the master bedroom and bath first.<br><br>
Check out Habitat for Humanity stores for low cost paint and building supplies (link here in the lower right) <a href="http://www.ihateticks.com/friends.html" target="_blank">http://www.ihateticks.com/friends.html</a><br><br>
Donate house parts that you are done with, ASAP, so you can get them out of your house.<br><br>
Kilz (stain-blocking paint) and Dry-lock (water-sealing basement paint) will be very helpful, if you are not using them already.
 

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sister, I am so with you on the depression of living amongst a home in constant dissaray! My house isn't even close to started the major remodeling (kitchen, baths, floors then the outside like screen in the porch and remove siding) but there's enough smaller projects to do otherwise. I am really tiring of it and it hasn't even begun in ernest. and this has been going on for almost 4 years now. ackk. now the whole house needs repainting again to boot! Somedays I wonder if I should just pack up and sell too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: my problem is I try to do too much at once, then nothing gets finished at all. Also I am completley on my own unless I want to contract the work out (most of which I don't because of the $$$) and with a 3yo and 1.5yo lets just say I have a hard time completing tasks these days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> I will be trying to do one room at a time! such simple good advice! thank you!
 

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Start with the major big stuff before doing cosmetic inside stuff. Like make sure your roof is good and wont leake. Are the walls insulated enough? Windows liveable? Once the structure is ok you can move onto the inside. Start with the rooms you need to have like kitchen, bath, and one bedroom. Then as you can do a room at a time. Trust me its horrible when I see people do new sheetrock, paint, new carpet and then the roof leaks and they have to tear everything out. Goodluck.
 
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