Big, Big Move!
Big news: Tyler has accepted a job offer in Ohio! It’s with a company called TenCate in Hebron, just east of Columbus.
I wasn’t able to write about it publicly because we wanted to be sure it was all working out before his current job got word of it. If they found out he was job hunting and then it fell through then things could be bad for him at work.
Tyler, Henry, and I spent the weekend in Columbus.
We looked at a bunch of houses. They were all awful.
I mean seriously, they were run down, dirty, in a bad area, or just…unpleasant. I wanted to cry. Talk about disappointing!
All of the nicer, newer houses with land that we’d liked already had contracts on them because I guess property is selling quickly up there.
I spent last night laying around crying because there was nothing good at all and it had been such a long, disappointing day. Depressing.
It appears there are currently no houses with a few acres in our price range in the area that aren’t scary for one reason or another. After this whole struggle with the cabin and now this Victorian house’s lack of kitchen and older bathrooms we just CANNOT face an older house that needs work.
We also cannot face renting something else. We really need to just settle down and breathe.
What to do, what do to??
I considered just buying a cookie cutter subdivision house and saying to hell with everything I’ve ever wanted. Do it, get it over with, and…I don’t know. Quit trying so hard. (Of course Tyler is 100% ok with a characterless house in a subdivision with postage stamp yards and houses one foot apart from each other.)
At about 1:30 in the morning I sat bolt upright in bed and thought that I had to look online right that second for something in Columbus again, just in case.
The laptop screen was so bright I was temporarily blinded in the dark.
I clicked on several homes that were ok, but not amazing enough to make me want to live in the actual city.
I am not a city girl. Especially not a huge city like Columbus! Wow. No.
Then this happened.
We immediately emailed our realtor and asked if we could go see it first thing in the morning.
This morning she called and said the house had just gone on the market last night (!!) and that they didn’t want to start doing showings until Monday, but since we were from out of town and not going to be here Monday she would ask the sellers just in case.
We had to wait and wait for her to call back! Like an hour!
Finally she called and said that we could go see it if we could be there in an hour.
It’s in a subdivision on a 3/4th’s of an acre lot. The house is at the end of a court and there seems to be neighbors with children. There’s no HOA though!
It looks like a nice clean and friendly neighborhood as far as we could tell, and local friends we asked said the area was good.
The house was perfect in person too.
It felt a little small inside, but I realize that’s because we currently live in a condensed version of Downton Abbey. Our current Victorian house has very high ceilings, huge rooms, huge hallways, and is almost 4,000 sq ft. Anything will seem small after this.
The house is 1,900 square feet. I was hoping for 2,000+, but the 1,900 is totally doable because there’s a full basement. It’s not finished, but it’s also not a bad basement. Dry and great for storage. It even has a bathroom down there! (Older, but working, including a shower. That wasn’t written on the listing, so it’s totally a bonus bathroom! Already plumbed if we ever want to finish the basement and update it!)
The house has five bedrooms upstairs! The master is good sized, but the others are a little small. Not bad though. One room has a built in desk and cabinets, which isperfect for a homeschool room.
There’s also a full bathroom in the hallway upstairs and a master bathroom with a shower. Both fully updated and nice!
The kitchen is perfect. (It has a kitchen!!!) It has new GORGEOUS appliances. The stove is KitchenAid brand.
I think it was this one, or something very similar.
The refrigerator was so nice that it has a water bottle refill station from the filtered refrigerator water line.
All of the appliances stay with the house.
Listen ya’ll, I just got a dishwasher recently. At the cabin they replaced the broken fridge with a mildewed old used one that made an awful clunking noise. I would not know what to do with such amazingly awesome appliances!!
And granite counter tops. And new lovely cabinets.
So we immediately went back to the realtor’s office and made an excellent offer on the house.
They actually already had it priced very low, right around market value. They are relocating to Miami and eager to sell it quickly.
Perfect, because we are eager to buy something quickly!
This house is it you guys.
Now we have to wait and see if they will accept our offer. I don’t see why they wouldn’t.
Annoyingly they had a note stating they would not take any offers unless they allowed three days for a decision. This is because the house just went on the market and they want a few days to see what offers they get.
What a long three days it will be.
We gave them until Wednesday at noon. It was an offer very close to their asking price with earnest money and a letter of pre-approval for financing. We’ve definitely crossed our i’s and dotted our t’s here…
Tyler is officially accepting the new job tomorrow, so if they don’t take our offer we’ll be up there again searching for something else perfect.
Tyler is gave his two weeks notice with Toyota. That means in two weeks he’ll be going to stay up there in a hotel (the new company pays all costs for up to six weeks) and only coming home on the weekends until we’re all moved up there. Great for him, sucky for me.
We’ve got Igor coming on June 12th, so we must be moved and settled by then!
If they accept our offer for the house then we asked for the closing date to be May 29th. The real estate agent thought that was reasonably the soonest we could ask for. The house notes said possession at closing, so we could move in that weekend.
I feel like I should be really stressed over this, but I feel kind of freakishly calm. I feel good about it.
This will be a new adventure! Hopefully a good one. I’m getting excited.