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Our Vision for an Amazing Home Renovation in Lockport, IL

Our Vision for an Amazing Home Renovation in Lockport, IL

This House Has Great Bones! If you watch HGTV at all or read about renovating homes, you know you want to start with a house that has great bones.  Great bones means the house is structurally sound with a layout that can be restructured to meet the needs of a...

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The Basement - Turning a Yuck Space into an Ahhh Space

The Basement - Turning a Yuck Space into an Ahhh Space

Did I mention our goal is to fix the house and get it back on the market by July 14, 2021?  That will have given us exactly two months since the date of purchase.  Our schedule is challenging because our favorite contractor, Connor Trischler, has other jobs scheduled.  Connor is...

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609 E. 12th Street, Lockport, IL

609 E. 12th Street, Lockport, IL

As I mentioned, we walked out of the house discussing a full price offer of $200,000.  As Tom and I stood by our car talking with Ellen, our realtor, my phone pinged that the house was "Pending," meaning that the owners had accepted an offer.  "What?  Are you kidding me?"...

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Why Rehab a House?

Why Rehab a House?

My dad died December 13, 2020, due to Covid.  It was every bit as awful as what you've read about online or have seen on TV news reports.  He died alone, and his loss continues to torment our family.  "Why did others come home, but he didn't?" is a question...

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A Little Background and History

A Little Background and History

My name is Valarie Bertrand Moody.  I am 54 years old, and I currently live in Countryside, IL, a suburb of Chicago.  I grew up in Ridgecrest, CA, a town of about 20,000 people in the middle of the Mojave desert.  When I say “in the middle,” that means there’s...

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