Which begs the question we asked when we wanted to sell our 1970s home so we could move overseas: Why isn't home improvement a priority until it's time to move? To be honest, we were just as guilty of putting off our To-Do list as the next person.
Okay, we did a lot of minor updates along the road but, even though we talked about it a lot, we put off knocking out walls until we decided to move overseas.
We kept our eyes open for sales at the big box stores and scoured the bargain racks at Wal-Mart, buying what we knew we would need down the road.
Going bit-by-bit as we did is a great way to avoid a serious dent in the checkbook.
TV is full of ways to update a house inexpensively.
What they don't explain: How to get motivated to do the work.
We decided on a move date and told people about it so we would to do it.
No matter that someone else would enjoy the fruits of our labors.
Wanting to move overseas where life is slower and cheaper, we did plenty of reading about every possible to make a house look attractive to buyers, and watched more episodes of than we probably needed to.Problem was, we put the actual action on the back burner for years.It was setting a deadline that finally got us out of that lazy mindset.The tack strips were just as easy, only needing the claw side of a hammer to remove.We rolled everything up and hauled it to the dump in the trunk of our car.