The main two projects we need to complete before making the big move is to renovate the kitchen and replace the single pane windows with dual pane windows.
Step 1 in the kitchen: Remove the existing cabinets. The SCQueen found a contractor that would remove them and take them away (presumably for resale). Total cost to us: $0.
The cutouts in the tile kinda show where the cabinets were. Kitchen sink below the window on the left, stove on the right and refrigerator far back right.
Next the contractor will rip off the drywall to deal with some mold (surprise!) But now is the time to deal with it. Also they'll raise the drop ceiling about a foot. How much? Don't know... contractor still hasn't responded with a quote. And that worries me. It's just bad business.
Then we can bring in new cabinets and top with granite counters. Finally we'll finish off with a new dual (and deeper sink) and new garbage grinder.
I think we can do all this in less than 1 month and under $10k.
Tonight we finished job #1 - changing all the locks. First we changed out all the deadbolts because the existing ones were 35 years old and looked everyday of it. One door also had to be replaced* (insecure window and a doggie door big enough for 2x sized me to squeeze through) as well, including the hinges and relocating the striker plate in the door jamb.
But the SCQueen got a heck of a deal on the new door. The first HD had one for sale at $122 (turns out it was the wrong size). The HD nearer the new SCbase wanted >$200 ("But you're other store had it for $122?" "We don't price match our other stores." YGTBSM! She went back to the original HD, where they had the correct sized & configured door for .... ~$65! Boom! Score!
The new door is also better insulated with double pane windows and a fiberglass core. I care about that because this is a South facing door will see a lot of direct sun exposure. And I pay the power bill!