I know I left you hanging, but without dragging it out any more, I’ll tell you which one of these homes we picked.
The first one.
What we liked:
- Size – at 2300 sq ft it was the biggest house we had seen.
- Lot – it was on nearly an acre, very private and wooded
- Hardwoods throughout two levels, with ceramic tile on the lowest level
- Split level lay0ut
- Four bedrooms
- 2.5 bathrooms
- Two car garage
- Huge deck out back
- Two fireplaces
What we didn’t:
- The house had been vacant for two years, and showed the dirt, dust, and dead bugs you would expect
- Deck had some rotting wood that might make it a problem.
- High taxes. All the taxes in this school district are on the high side, but this house was the highest we had seen.
Ultimately we decided a little cleaning was nothing we couldn’t handle, and we could always rebuild/repair the deck. The taxes were harder, but we plan on having a few kids and definitely using the public school system, and the security of not having to move to get into a good district was well worth it.
So we put in an offer, the sellers counter-offered, and we counter-offered back. It was accepted! And so in the span of one day, we became potential homeowners.
Our inspection went off with no red flags, and after jumping through a few dozen hoops with Well’s Fargo (seriously, never try and get a mortgage when you are going to own two homes, unless you have a huge savings cushion), we became homeowners on Friday, October 15th, 2010.
The only key we got at closing.
We are still recovering from a weekend spent cleaning, demoing built-in shelving, making six trips to Home Depot, and cleaning some more. We are planning on making the big official move in eleven days. I can’t wait.
Car full of cleaning supplies, round one.
I’m hoping to give you the grand tour of the place – we aren’t planning on doing many projects before we officially move in, since money is going to be tight until we are back down to owning one house. But until that point, I’ve got plenty to show you.
Here’s a little sneak peak:
Clockwise from top left: Bird decals that are all over the windows, curtain tie-back, light switch in living room, master bedroom lighting, built in mosaic tissue dispenser.