OK my dear friends. It’s time to break the silence. It’s been an extra productive/busy/crazy month, so here’s a recap:
I’m nestled into the comfy folds in our new sofa (in our new house) and I’m reflecting on what a whirlwind the last month has been. It’s been a good whirlwind, though. Very good. Full of laughing and hugging and smiling.
It started with the news of buying our first home. There were a few hurdles, but to my astonishment we overcame each one of them (with a surprising amount of grace).
We looked at 16 houses in total, I think. We made offers on two of them.
The first home we offered on was newer construction with an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and a beautiful daylight basement. I really loved the light in there! Negotiations went back and forth for ages and, in the end, the deal fell through. Along with our hopes. And I’ll be honest, that stung. What a monumental waste of time.
We took a few days to lick our wounds; recover from the heartache of losing that house. I noticed a listing that seemed iffy — but we had nothing to lose by just going to see the property. What do I mean by “iffy”? It was in our price range and had all the right features, but the pictures were terrible. Honestly it looked a bit like a crack house based on the pictures alone. But I had a good gut feeling (as I do with all crack houses). We arranged to meet our Realtor that night.
We were all still feeling a little defeated, so we entered apprehensively. But the moment we walked over the threshold I was excited, and by the time we finished the walkthrough I was in love! The pictures from the listing did it absolutely no justice!
Hubby was afraid I was experiencing a little rebound from the first house we lost, but I was really in love. This was it! We put an offer in that night and negotiations (round two) began the next day.
The proceeding few weeks were full of tough decisions. Buying a house – the legal stuff anyways – is super unpleasant. Not because of the sellers or anything. (Our sellers were actually quite reasonable.) But because the very nature of negotiating such a momentous purchase stretches your soul to its limits.
Fast forward to mid November when all the ink has dried and we are officially homeowners: it’s time to move in! What an exciting day that was. There was an extra fire burning under our bums because we only had a couple weeks to get ready to host a Thanksgiving meal for 10 guests.
Turns out hosting for the holidays is a great way to break in a new house… More on that next time.
Glad to be back writing and sharing these words and pictures.