crossing the finish line

April 1, 2010

So the kitchen counters went in 2 weeks ago now and I’ve just been lazy, lazy about posting a final recap here.  Somehow all the steam ran out of me.  I go over now and I look and other than the odd wipe down of a window-sill or polishing of a faucet, there’s really nothing left for me to do.  There are still a couple of things on Chris’ punch list, but even those items are so small that if they never got done it’s possible no one would notice.  (Well, one thing might get noticed – the radiator valve in the bathroom has quit valving, but given the recent 80 degree temperatures around here this week, it’s easy to think it might be months yet before anyone needs actual heat when they bathe, so I’m not particularly fussy about when it gets fixed.)

No tenant yet, but I haven’t been particularly hard-tenant-searching.  After 24 hours on Craigslist I came to my senses and set the rent at a very market-friendly rate of $1025.00/mo.  The problem with Craigslist is the sheer volume of how much is out there, so after a little while with no bites I turned it over to the Chicago Apartment Finders rental company two days ago.  They sent a nice guy out who seems very market-savvy.  He took notes and pictures and today he got a professional sponsored ad up on Craigslist and it’s also listed on their site.  I can also cross list it with other rental companies like The Apartment Guys and The Apartment People, but I’m going to wait a few days and see how it goes.

Want to see the kitchen?  This was the last piece in the puzzle.

Today I bought a plant.   Paula and I both agreed that given this apartment’s history – an apartment that was previously remarkable only for the amount of pot and cigarettes that apparently used to get smoked in it – the place needed a little tiny bit of life in it.  I’ve never lost sight of the fact that I was able to buy this place because someone else lost their home.  That’s a lot of sad karma to counteract.  Now that we’ve poured so much good energy and effort into it, I can barely remember how lost-cause it used to feel….that said, right now it has that “it’s nice, but no one lives here” vibe.  It needs some life.  So until a new person comes to live in this little apartment (and let that be soon!) a plant is just the ticket.  Don’t ask me what kind of plant this is, I forgot to check.  But it was the only thing at the nursery that felt right – it was small, it was green, it was alive, it was pretty, and it was cheap.




  1. Congratulations. This is such a huge accomplishment. The kitchen and its countertops look fantastic. You’re going to have a lucky, lucky tenant.

  2. What a pity we don’t live nearer Chicago – it would be such a great place to have to come back to!

  3. Welcome, little plant! I would totally rent an apartment that came with a plant.

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