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Meet the Martins

The Martins are as sweet and laid back as any family you’ll meet.  They have two cute little boys and work for a Christian organization that ministers to local college students.  So, being in the heart of downtown Spartanburg was a big plus for them.  When we first talked over the phone, they had just put in an offer on this gorgeous house that happened to be just around the block from where I lived.

We had the chance to talk about the neighborhood, our common love for older homes, and how I might be able to help them with their renovation.  I’d love to tell you that it was smooth sailing from there, but the process went a little something like this…..

  • August – Offer accepted; met with contractor to get renovation costs

  • September – Renovation costs were more than they anticipated so they had to let the contract go since the sales price was higher

  • January – As someone who keeps an eye on properties in HH, I let them know the price had just dropped.

  • March – Price dropped again; Martins made an offer and it was accepted! We had our first meeting at my house so they could see my style, learn more about my services, and within a few days they signed a contract to bring me on board to manage the project for them.

  • April – We worked with a GC to put together a scope of work and budget and to iron out the details of their renovation project.  They worked with a local bank to get a construction loan which is a great option if you want a loan that includes the purchase price and renovation all wrapped up into one.

In May, right before they closed on the house, the three of us met so that I could get a feel for their style and so that we could work through a plan…..especially since they were going to be out of town for the summer.

And so, at the beginning of June demolition began.  To view the gallery of before and after pictures click here.

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