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New rental house - Iowa USA

trips to Iowa

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Through the year, I have made trips back to see the family, purchase and fix up a new house in Des Moines. After a few trips to view options, make offers, and go through the whole process, I finally signed the paperwork in March.

Then the real work began. Several more trips back were for improving the house. So far the projects have included:

  • new flooring and breakfast nook counter in kitchen
  • fixing the stairs / hallway going to the basement
  • removing all the old siding and adding new siding to the garage
  • adding or improving the gutters on the roofs
  • getting an egress window put in for the basement (hired this out to a professional)
  • adding new raised flower/plant beds to a garden area
  • updating the landscaping
  • plumbing work for the upcoming bathrooms (hired this out to a professional)
  • framing the walls in the basement for a bedroom, bathroom, living room, and utility/storage room
  • updating heating, air, and electrical work in the basement (hired this out to a professional)

Throughout the trips back, I also got to do the following:

  • go axe throwing
  • meet the new nephew Spencer
  • and continue to watch Cara grow up
  • celebrate some big birthdays
  • visit the Des Moines botanical gardens
  • watch the local soccer team
  • go to the zoo
  • get a new (used) car
  • eat food at the state fair
  • enjoy bouncy castles and slides for a 4-year birthday party
  • do some indoor mini golf


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fixing the garage siding

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framing walls and getting in heating ducts


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Posted by MurkTravels 13:52 Archived in USA Tagged house usa iowa 2023

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