Located in the northeast corner of Albion, the area comprised of Hall Street and its neighboring Burr Oak and Maple streets all have a mix of turn of the century and mid-century homes that have housed the area’s working-class families. When we saw the opportunity to purchase and improve some of these solid homes, we pounced, and are glad we did.
We purchased 820 Hall as a foreclosure. This home had been treated poorly by previous tenants. Some past occupants clearly had dogs that stunk up the place and damaged many areas. However, this home’s bones were good and we were able to clean it up completely and make it a nice home again for a responsible tenant.
The home actually has two full bathrooms for a smaller two-bedroom home. The kitchen is likely original to the house but was salvageable after a good scrubbing and some new appliances. We swapped out any old wood windows, switched out some plumbing fixtures, added carpet to the main floor bedroom and polished the hardwood floors in the living room and dining room.
The upstairs could be considered a master suite with its full bathroom and large landing off of the stairs. After swapping out the toilet and vanity in the bathroom and adding new carpet to the stairs, sitting area, and bedroom, this space was ready for a new life.
Then came the back porch. It really needed some love because there was some water and animal damage. This is one of those areas that won’t necessarily get you a huge return as a landlord, but leaving it in poor condition just isn’t the right thing to do. We took this area down to the studs and rebuilt it properly. The end product is a welcome addition to the mess that was there previously.