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Bruce - I have renovated several houses but I don't remember ever seeing that many layers of anything.
Actually this Yelm house had about 5 layers of carpets and lino in it when we renoed it 5 years ago for MJ. I think people just laid down new lino and carpets over the old. The layers of carpets were just nailed down - no wall to wall tack strips.

My major find!

100 year old cattle stanchions! IMG_6366.jpgIMG_6365.jpg
Taking them home with me. Along with the old wood cook stove and broken bits of my lovely old wood stove :hit. Our neighbor has a metal shop and hopefully he can make new parts to replace the broken ones. Otherwise, maybe I can find another place that can do the job. The person who would have been able to do it here (a friend of my aunt's) is 92, and no longer in good health. :( Not doing that work anymore. I will call and schedule a visit with their current welder to see if the stove can even be fixed, otherwise?

Anyway another day has passed and the electric is now complete. The pump is working and we drained the lines for several hours this afternoon. So we will be moving into the Yelm property tomorrow morning. We will turn on the water to the house when we get there tomorrow am, and will turn on the electric water heater so that we can all take showers by tomorrow night. Frozen food in the fridge and freezer to finally have a decent meal. We will have to eat off plates in our laps since the dining set we planned to use for a week or two was one of the items stolen. :rolleyes: DS1 changed the locks on the pump house and we put a sensor on that door as well with the security system.

Today DS1 and DH took a load to the metal scrap yard. They took the 2 engines. Firt, they had to go buy hoist. They thought maybe a "come along" might do the job, but then they found a hoist at Harbor Freight which they decided would be much better. They hooked the hoist onto a beam in the barn and hoisted the 2 engine blocks into the pick up bed.

IMG_6392.jpg One loaded - one to go! IMG_6391 - Copy.jpg
IMG_6338.jpg Now you see it IMG_6369.jpg Now you don't! One pile of metal that was dumped in the barn loaded and taken to the scrap yard. More still to go including the riding lawn mower, the invalid scooter, and another truck load of metal scrap from the back lawn. :eek:

The barn has now gotten 2 bays cleaned along with 1 1/2 bales of VERY old alfalfa (30 years!) and a rotted pallet it was on. Junk gets into all the old straw ad hay so I had to rake and shovel it into lawn/leaf bags since the junk and trash mixed in it had to be removed. We still have a section of barn that came down (possibly a divider wall?) that we are going to pull apart and take to the dump. DS1 and DH discussed whether they could reattach it, but decided just to scrap the whole thing.

We are not removing any of the very old wire fencing since the couple buying the house are young and why should we prevent them from enjoying the pleasure of renovating this 100 year old farm property?! We are old, :old and there is a farm waiting to be found in TX for which we will need our remaining strength! :lol:

i measured this barn today. The main barn building is 36' x 36' but there is another section along the back that is 12' x 24'.
IMG_6367.jpgYou can see this side is 12' x 48' and open all the way back.

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The central bay is also 12' x 48', but the rear 12' is partitioned off and goes side to side across the back of the barn. This side faces the house.
IMG_6398.jpg This side faces pasture at the rear of the property.
IMG_6369.jpg This is the last bay of the barn and is 12' x 36'. Already looking better after having hauled off 5 loads of garbage and cabinets. Still another couple loads to go but definitely seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!



 

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Lots of work but a big difference. Usually we feel really great doing all this work but now we are just tired. It is depressing having to do this over and over.

I signed the last counter offer on the property. :yesss: :highfive:

The family with the 3 small children are buying the property. 😄 Every time I corresponded with the agents I told them to make sure that the buyers check to see that they can have their horses there. It is in the contract that they need to verify all zoning. Oddly the contract also has a paragraph requiring the buyer to investigate the neighborhood and surrounding area of any property they are purchasing. I have not seen that requirement in any other sales contract. The agent assures us that they did.

DH is happy that a family with young children will enjoy the property. There is a small housing tract next door which should have lots of children for them to play with. I really hope they have a good life there. As we clean the property, we are doing just a little more to make sure it looks good when they arrive. They will have to put in fences and stalls, but that will be "fun" work for them. The house is in move in condition. It is small, but it's 180 sf larger than where they are living now. It should be fine until they decide to add on a master bedroom and bath. The living room and dining area are very large so will be suitable for a family. They are getting a good property with everything really in good shape. The well pump is brand new. Everything else is only about 5 years old - split system HVAC, 5 year old remodeled kitchen and bathroom, sewer line, carpet and flooring, newly overhauled Shrade cast iron stove. In the future they can sub-divide the property or build a larger house and rent the little one for income.

The sale is expected to close March 19 :fl since the family has to be up here at their new jobs then. I hope it goes through and they have a good life here. I am extremely glad that the end is in sight. DH loves this property and is sad to sell but is fed up with the problems we have had over the past year. In addition, what he likes about the property can't be enjoyed with a tenant in residence. We can't keep it vacant and use it as a vacation home since we would arrive to find it burgled and vandalized consistently! And without MJ living there it isn't the same for us anyway.


A few more loads to the dump over the next couple of days and we will be finished! :fl
 

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I am so glad that there looks to be a GOOD end in sight. Both for you and for them. It is sad, but as you said, it won't work for what you want to do with the sheep, and really, the taxes and all there would probably be bad for you down the road. You need to be in a more tax and farm friendly place.
The fact that it was showed and was sold so quick is one more indication that the realtor was not acting in your best interest for all that time. I know you will be glad to be done with the worry, and the aggravations.... but I would still go after that real estate company.
Having the ins cover some of the loss is small compensation for the horrendous condition you found it in and the work you had to do to get it into some sort of decent shape. And to lose the family "heirloom" things you had put away for safe keeping.....
But it is done. I hope that things go smooth and the closing happens......

Time to make a RELAXING trip to look at property in Texas.....
 
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