I had my to-do list all worked out, but things rarely go according to plan.
(MOSTLY) BETTER THAN EXPECTED
The departing tenants left the place clean as a whistle. They also patched and touched-up any holes in the walls, and left their extra paint, as requested…in all but one uniquely turquoise-colored room. Unfortunately, there were several large holes in the wall in that room, so it would have to be repainted. I didn’t want to spare the time to drive to the store, and knew I wouldn’t be able to match the color, so I painted it back to white (sorry, new tenants. I know how you feel about white.)
ALTERING THE PLAN
I knew immediately that I wouldn’t be painting ceilings, if I had to patch holes and do two coats of white in this room. I did ge the ceiling in that room, though; it’s a lot easier to do when you’re also painting the walls the same color.
I spent a lot of time painting around some shelving that they had left up; it was a nice addition to the room. However, I quickly realized that I would spend several hours daintily painting around it, and would get much less done that night as a result. I decided to take the shelving down, and will later put it up in my unit (thanks, tenants!)
YOU CAN DO A LOT IN ONE NIGHT
By shortly after dawn, I had:
- Filled the five million cracks in the plaster in the bathroom, and scraped off the peeling paint (no bathroom fan. yet.)
- Painted the walls, ceiling and trim in the bathroom
- Caulked the wainscoating in the pantry, scrubbed a stain out of its carpet, and painted the walls and ceiling
- Realized that the white on the trim in the bathroom and pantry were now a much brighter white than the trim in the adjoining kitchen, and so, painted ALL of the trim in the kitchen.
- Put two coats of stain/polyurethane on the new windowsills in the sunporch
- Scraped off and touched up the peeling paint around the front porch windows
- Replaced all of the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector (I know that code doesn’t require me to furnish a carbon monoxide detector, but I figure better safe than sorry. Especially with an older furnace.)
- Replaced the painted-over outlet switchplates
- Touched up some spots that the tenants missed on the walls
- Installed a new robe hook in the bathroom
- Removed paint from the woodwork and floor in the living room (the downside of letting tenants paint the walls)
- Replaced a missing set of miniblinds (with one of mine from downstairs — quicker than running to the store)
- Ordered a pizza around 2am, and greeted the delivery guy covered in paint
- Listened to a nice rain that fell right before dawn
- Thought I wasn’t going to make it by about 6:30, until I caught my second wind at about 8, and started wrapping things up.
I’m glad that I stuck with it, and didn’t decide to take a quick nap or something, because at about 9:00, the new tenants called, wondering if they could move some things in early. I was all done in the apartment, and looked very organized and prepared. If not covered in paint, and possibly a little out of it. But they were in moving-in mode; I doubt they noticed.
I gave them the keys, went downstairs, and took a nice long shower. My feet were aching from being on them all night — I debated whether I could go get a pedicure and deduct it as a rental expense…