For the first ten years, I would work alongside Ramon on the renovations and upgrading the properties. There would be no hair, no make-up - I drew the line at giving up the fake finger nails even if they did get covered in paint constantly. Of course there were no nice clothes and the thought of wearing my super Barbie high heels whilst climbing the ladder would be suicide.
For the past four years, I have slowly transitioned and now am pretty much full time doing the phone, the office and the never ending paperwork that is involved in what we do.
Seeing as Bart the Wonder Handyman has gone and done his knee, and a unit was going to be tiled on Saturday I dragged Ramon with me for the afternoon. I had a list of things that needed to be done. We had to pick up two sofas from one unit, take them to another unit and change the others over and put the spare ones in the storeroom. We then went to the Tile Shop to pick up 40 square metres of tiles. Luckily I wasn't wearing the Barbie High Heels that day - carrying a box of tiles is really heavy - I had forgotten how heavy they really are.
Bet you won't hear of a property manager from a Franchise store do that - maybe they are smarter than I am?
We are just finishing off Ron's unit at Sheridan Street. We decided if we were going to do it, then we should upgrade it fully so we don't have to touch it again for many years to come. The unit has been painted, tiled, a new kitchen and a brand new bathroom. Ramon along with the Frenchman have done a great job and it is nearly finished. My role in the renovations would be to do the painting, and the cleaning up. I decided that I would go in on Saturday to help the boys get the unit in order. We are doing the one next door so it was a matter of clearing out the rubbish and putting it all in its place next door.
So there I am in my work clothes and sneakers - no hair or make up this day. The first few hours were a bit like deer in headlights - I had absolutely no idea where to begin and just moved things around in circles. I cleared out the rubbish and the unit started to look good. I had the book case put in the new unit and neatly put all the tools and parts so the boys can find everything.
By about hour three, I am really enjoying this and missing it - the simplicity of seeing what needs to be done, getting in and doing it, and seeing a result. There were no tenants to deal with just a task to do. By about hour four, I am making plans to get someone else on in the office so I can spend more time with Ramon working on the renovations - I really am enjoying this.
By about hour seven, it is starting to get dark and I have moved more tiles (another 15 boxes to the other unit), the tools are all lined up and neatly organised. The unit has been swept out, the outside area is orderly and I feel pretty good about what I have achieved in a day. It is hard to explain what is like to see a transformation, knowing you have had something to do with it.
Now, the story changes the next morning. I wake up and didn't realise just how unfit I am. I have muscles that ache in places that just shouldn't ache! I am not so sure about leaving my soft cushy office chair and my Barbie High Heels to get grubby! I think I will take on the Supervisors role instead!!!