Welcome To The Jungle
OK. Let’s start at the very beginning.
This is us:
Four-ish years later. along came Sonia. She is the single greatest thing either of us has ever done — and the only home-improvement project we’ve ever conquered without getting in a fight 😉
Honestly. He’s right-brained and I’m left-brained. Or the other way around. You should ask Dan, he’d know. At any rate, it’s always comedy gold when we try to DIY together. And in the end, every rolled eye & under-the-breath mutter actually brings us closer as a couple. Like I said, we’re annoying.
We’re also broke. Dan cooks & I write, so for the next decade or so, we plan to rent. To us, this isn’t a problem. We’re experienced renters. We got this.
During my single life, I rented no less than 14 separate properties. (You can ask my dad. He once made a list. Which was very funny. Not.) Why did I move around so much? I really don’t know. I guess I had wanderlust.
Anyhoo, we rented this property 2 years ago when we moved to Western Pennsylvania for Dan’s career. It was a “PA or bust” sort of thing — we had 3 weeks to accomplish the whole sh*t and shebang. Dan snapped up this property through craigslist & with just a quick walkthrough, we rolled the dice.
So far, it’s worked out really well.We love the neighborhood — and most of the neighbors. Our landlord is pretty hands-off, which we like, and he’s OK with us doing any home maintenance & repair under $30. With my mad skillz and Dan’s grudging cooperation, that leaves us a LOT of room to perk things up.
We’ve barely touched the place since we moved in because we weren’t 100% sure we’d like it enough to stay. BUT… last month we signed another year-long lease. We decided that, barring any deal-breaker structural problems arising, or poltergeists moving in, we’re happy here.
And since we’ll apparently be here a minute, it’s time to put our own stank on the place. And here’s where it gets interesting…
THERE ARE CERTAIN PROTOCOLS RENTERS MUST FOLLOW — WE CALL THEM “THE RENTAL HOUSE RULES”
They are too situational & abundant to list here. But we know them well.
Watch us take our rental property from “fine” to “fantastic” in the space of one year — all without breaking our lease.
It will blow your mind when you see what ingenuity plus elbow grease can equal.