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House Hunting

In June Sahel Academy closes for the academic year and many of our personnel leave.  Either their short term is completed, they go on home assignment, or they leave for good for a number of reasons.  Then in July and August we get a large influx of personnel....some are new and others are returning from their home assignment.

Many years the houses that are vacated by those leaving are filled by those arriving.  But every now and then we don't have enough houses.  This year is an example.  For now we are in need of two more houses.

So Friday my friend, Beka, and I went house hunting.  Beka is in charge of making sure houses for short-termers are furnished.  So I really appreciate her input on housing. 

There are a lot of fruit trees in the yard.  Some potted plants on the terrace would make it look really nice.
 We were taken to a house that on first tour through we thought, "No.  It's going to require too much work."  Then we started thinking about the positives, such as it's just the right size and the rent is reasonable.

The landlord then informed us that if we could pay several months of rent in advance he would do all the repairs we wanted. 
Living room/dining room
 We want glass windows and window screens put in.  Fans need to be replaced.  Door handles need to be replaced.  He needs to check the roof and see if it's leaking. The entire house needs to be painted. But the major thing is this kitchen.  As you can see, it's just an empty room.  He said he'll put in a sink and a work bench. 
Can you imagine a kitchen here?
Sink, shower, toilet....not room for much else in there.
 Adding wall cupboards, etc. will be up to us.  It will be a galley kitchen, but I think with a lighter color of paint it won't be bad.

What do you think?  Can you see beyond the grime to what it CAN be?

One good thing....the landlord has recently tiled the house and it looks really nice.

We'll let you know if we end up signing a contract for this one or not.