I’ve been getting requests to “GIVE US MORE HOUSE DETAILS!”
Okay. Here they are.
Honestly, we didn’t have any intention of buying a home this year. I like being a renter. I’m scared of unknown expenses, spending my weekends on home maintenance, and being tied down to a geographic area.
Adding fuel to my “renters fo’ lyfe” argument is the fact that home prices in our area are ridiculously expensive, yet I don’t want to live anywhere else. After living through Rat House (which, by the way, is now legitimately a Boy Scout hut…practice your trapping inside, I guess!), the thought of sifting through the crummy homes we could afford in this area and trying to decide was the least crappy so we could spend all of our money on it sounded pretty unappealing. Our current rental has been great (although when your standard is “not infested by rats and insects,” there’s nowhere to go but up), and I didn’t think we’d be able to find anything remotely close to our preferences—in which case, I thought, whyyyyyyy???
However, our landlords decided to sell our rental house.
We don’t want to keep moving all the time, we needed somewhere to live, and it turned out we had a down payment. David said we are done spending down payments on adopting children (I know, the guy who hates the traditional Christian interpretation of “head of the household” suddenly decides to get all authoritarian on me?!!) so we began investigating the housing market with a realtor and a healthy dose of skepticism.
Well! It turned out that by moving outside of our preferred middle and high school district (but staying within 3 minutes of our current neighborhood and inside my “area” boundaries) we could afford something we liked. Since Zoe and Riley aren’t even in preschool yet, we decided that we could probably risk it. Within a few weeks, we found something we liked, decided what we’d want to pay for it, put in our offer, and had ourselves a little deal. That’s not really how it’s supposed to work in this area (there’s usually drama and bidding wars), so we’re feeling like this is probably our house.
Or like we are making a giant mistake that everyone but us can see. One of the two. Usually the first.
We are supposed to close Wednesday, complete some small renovations the next week, and move on the 29th. I feel a little weird sharing photos of the house before it is officially ours, but I’ll share some (and some before and afters) once we move in.
In the meantime, we are packing, and I’ve discovered the incredibly fun and time-wasting world of home renovation blogs. While I usually use Pinterest mostly to blatantly piggyback on my friend Jaima’s meal planning efforts (thanks Jaima,) I’ve been Pinning home ideas like a madwoman recently. I have plans to implement exactly 0 of these ideas, but seeing what I’m attracted to has still been beneficial as we’ve picked paint colors and flooring and decided what our longer-term furniture goals are.
Yes, I suddenly have long-term furniture goals.
Mom, you should be proud.
More sneak previews: my favorite features of the house are the open floor plan, the huge backyard, the updated kitchen, the French doors going out to the backyard, and the bonus that my friend lives next door!
More to come if closing is successful!
(Also: blogging twice in one week?! Must have a grant I don’t feel like writing…)