I seem to be really bad at home repair estimates. For one thing, it didn't dawn on me at the beginning that the house would need paint. 20 gallons and 3 days of work and I have a freshly painted house. I also have to pay for it. Each 5 gallon bucket of paint was $100. Sprayer rental $130. Drop cloths, tape, brushes, and other miscellaneous stuff, $200. Labor $460. That's a large chunk of my budget.
Next is carpet removal which means another day of labor plus fees to haul the carpet to the dump. I'll try offering it free on craig's list and see if anyone wants to use it as weed suppression in their garden or whatever else people use old carpet for.
As you can see in the picture, the front door opens right in to the living room and the kitchen area and dining area are both in the same room. That's good if you like to watch TV while you cook.
At least it smells better now. Before it smelled like some sort of fragrance trying to cover stale smoke. Now it smells like paint although the garage still smells like trash because that's where the trash is. I sorted out the recycling and hauled away 3 bags of trash to the dumpster behind my work. The trash can is still full and the plastic from painting is waiting for it's turn in the can. I am looking forward to trash day (Friday).
Home Depot called with their carpet quote. $980 for 4 bedrooms of carpet installed. I guess I'm going to do it. That leaves very little for the living room, kitchen, dining, and master bathroom. I think I can afford the vinyl but will have to let my handyman go. I have run out of money for labor. They say that the vinyl installation is easy. I read as many reviews as I could find and most of them say it is easy and looks great. I want to try it on the master bath this weekend and if all goes well maybe I will take a day or two off work next week and work on it myself. I seem to be stuck in a no-win situation. I don't have money to hire someone, the longer it is vacant the more money I lose, if I take time off work I use up my vacation days and I might do a bad job and need to hire a professional anyway. But I am hopeful that I will be able to do it myself. I'll keep my handyman's number just in case.