Well, we did it. We bought ourselves a house.
A concrete block midcentuy house, to be exact.
Buying a house is no laughing matter. I managed not to cry throughout the process… OK, I cried a little during the two times we didn’t think we were going to get it at all. But mainly, I just entertained a lot of stomach upset and accomplished very little of a constructive nature during the past 45 days.
It’s on a pretty quiet little street about 2 miles from where we currently live.
It’s got a cute little porch where we can swing and drink lemonade. Or, neglect it for months with big dream to buy some front porch furnishings. We did, however, buy a welcome mat.
Bone Jour doormat from Bed Bath and Beyond
Open floor plan? Check. Humongo kitchen? Check. Good sized dining room? Check.
The house was remodeled so we got new laminate flooring, kitchen cabinets, granite countertops (totally controversial, but I love them), and appliances.
It’s insanely irritating to be closed off in our tiny little rental house kitchen while company chitter chats in the front room and offers to help even though there’s zero room to help. This is much… much better. Oh, and is that a second sink? Why yes. Yes, it is.
It’s got two bathrooms and three bedrooms.
And a bad ass back yard.
It’s a split level, so we can escape flooding and potentially annoy door-to-door salesmen with our two flights of stairs leading up to the front door. Hopefully.
I’m happy to say we already dropped a buttload of dough at Bed Bath and Beyond, just to deck out the hall bathroom.
So much has happened throughout this whole process. First, we thought the house was too expensive. Then, they accepted our stupid low offer the day it was listed. Then, the inspection uncovered an 18-year-old roof. The sellers said they had no cash to replace. We decided to withdraw. They decided they had cash. We got a new roof.
The last week or so was a cray-cray blur of wind mitigation inspections and nail biting and final inspections having to be redone and last-minute repairs and a clear to close on a Saturday morning before a Tuesday scheduled close. Oh, and a ridiculously fortunate stroke of luck that resulted in us saving about $1,500 in closing costs and $200 a month.
Now, it’s time to furnish and decorate. Craigslist, here we come. Stay tuned for manymany polls on what color shades and couch to pick and where to put our end tables. Because this is really serious stuff.