While Garrett has worked in maintenance for many years, the majority of our remodeling experience came from working on our own home. In 2016, we intentionally bought a fixer-upper (to save money and to be able to make it our own). It was so bad that our realtor and several family members tried to talk us out of purchasing it. It was so bad that the seller's real estate agent had the seller drive up from Maryland to see the true condition of it (he had been renting it out prior to placing it on the market and didn't believe its condition that his agent was describing to him via phone and through pictures). After seeing it in-person, the seller actually agreed to knock thousands off of the listing price. It was so bad that our lender deamed the pool "condemed" and said that it would have to ripped out and filled in. Having a pool was very important to us, though, so we brought it back to life. It was so bad that birds and spiders and crickets and other bugs were found in the basement during the walk-through (some were so creepy that it almost made me walk away - haha). It was so bad that the seller agreed to allow us to come in almost a month before the settlement date was even set to start on some projects because there would have been no way for us to move directly in from the house we were renting at that time in the condition the house was in. It was SO bad that the seller's own real estate agent personally came by the property on a Saturday with a large trailer and hauled away mountains of furniture, trash, and debris that the renters had left (that we cleaned out). He personally paid for the disposal fee of the junk, too. It was so bad that we are still working on some aspects of our home almost 6 years later, but we wouldn't have it any other way! It taught us invaluable skills and built character (both in ourselves and our home), and it set us up to be successful on our current endeavor.