This is it. The swanky new house in New Athens Il. For a grand sum of $27,500 we picked up a house that was still standing and hasn't been condemned. Built in 1892 it definitely shows it's signs of age on the inside. Due to the many problems with it we had to pony up the cash out of our own pockets. No bank is going to touch this decrepit monster.
After the signing party we headed from the realtor's office to the house to check it out. This flip will be a little different than anything else we've done so far. Our offer was placed on this house sight unseen, and this would be the first time laid eyes on it. We took a ten minute look around and then went back to my dad's house. Roo was uprooted from her resting spot and driven towards her replacement. We'll be boondocking in our own back yard until a few things get fixed. The city water valve is leaking horribly and we can't use water in the house.
My attention turns towards the electrical box as I scan through the labels looking for AC. I decided to tap into the AC power on the outside of the house to wire in the RV outlet so we can continue to live like normal for the next few days. Turns out that was a bad idea.
The screwdriver above isn't being held by me. It's welded into the box. Yep. Welded in there. Turns out the breakers weren't labeled correctly and shame on me for not double checking the power. I disconnected a fully hot wire from the box which then touched the screwdriver and arc welded itself to the ground screws. Oops. Hopefully the rest of the flip won't be so exciting.
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