Contribution by Saul Martin
When my husband and I bought our house, we wanted everything to be perfect. It took us a while to find something we could afford, so there was a lot excitement when we finally found one. We researched everything from Norton security systems to electrical systems. The house was a fixer upper, and it needed a lot of work. The kitchen had to be totally gutted, and the bathrooms looked like something out of a bad movie made in the 1970’s. The whole house was covered in lime green shag carpeting, so you can imagine how bad it was. I wasn’t working at the time, and most of my time was spend working on the house and trying to figure out how we could make it better. I bought a bunch of books about how we could fix things ourselves, and they were really helpful. It took us a long time to get all of the renovations done, but we saved a ton of money doing them ourselves. The house looks great now, and we are so happy with the work we did. Fixing up this old house was really a labor of love.