My mortgage guy stopped by today and checked my paint job and recommended a couple of touch ups to the paint. Over all he thought my job would probably work out okay with the VA Appraiser and the loan should get done after the re-appraisal. The first coat Kill-Z is added to the bad spots and I’ll add another coat along with the touch ups for the appraiser who should show up around the first week in September.
FYI: if you are a veteran and want a cash out you will need a new appraisal. If you are doing a straight re-fi for a lower payments, chances are you won’t need an appraisal. Also the appraiser can not move stuff around, so it might be possible to “hide” some suspected problem areas with boards or things laid against the sides of the house.
In a way everything is sort of working out as my “contractor” suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital over the weekend. I got a call from him apologizing for not keeping in touch on the “potential” job. I added a little extra cash to my loan just in case some thing goes wrong and needs some fixing. I’m hoping not to use that money on the siding project and it will go straight into the “Emergency fund” for other projects/emergencies.
Carpets got cleaned, finally! This was a tough job as the living room carpet was difficult. The cleaning solution set on top of the deep pile carpet and never penetrated the fibers before the carpet cleaner pulled up the cleaning solution. It took a little finagling but I got the soap solution on the carpet, and vacuumed up on the first try then the next day the carpet cleaner did a great job scrubbing the living room carpet. Now on my low pile carpet the carpet cleaner did a pretty good job on the first try. I’m glad I went to the extra effort on the carpet carpet cleaner as Mom was so peeved she wanted to chuck the machine into the trash after fighting with it on the first day. FYI: Bissel carpet cleaner’s vacuum and spray pumps are connected and work in tandem. When pet hair gets up into the internal machine belts “slip” and can keep the machine from working. It is a bit of a pain but always clean all hair from the beater brushes and around the spray nozzles. Trust me it makes using a cheap carpet cleaner much easier to use the next time.
Did some shopping and have been adding to my hard liquor stock pile. This will last a long time for me as I prefer beer for drinking but it is always nice to have the option for a Margarita night. I focused on whiskeys and vodka to begin with and now I want to stock up gin, rum and tequila mid-range of quality. I figure get the booze for a “basic bar” at a reasonable price and then add in any Premium stuff as money allows. Idaho has state liquor stores so there is no competition on price. I don’t know what your priorities are for stocking up but hard liquor for any sort of barter should probably be bought is small quantities and for personal use in the bigger bottles. Do not discount getting schnapps or flavored liquors as many people like a sweet flavor, especially women. I’m not a big fan of sweet flavor alcohol but a bottle of Kahlua or peach/mint schnapps might make a good barter item. If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody is happy! You might also try out some cooking wines and sherries to cook with as they add lots of flavor to meals and marinades but are not so good to drink. That will save your stockpile for barter.
I have bitched and moaned enough and have done a few things to make my life better for the future. I need to add a few more 18 inch plywood boards and some additional Ideas but over all Mom and I are doing good though a bit stressed. With a little luck we will clean up the garden and start on building the boardwalk.