I’m ready to share these now.
Apparently the moving costs will be a reimbursement given 3-4 weeks after moving. There goes my plan to paint and fix the floors prior to moving in.
Frustrating! If we weren’t cashing in the 401k or didn’t have that to cash in then we wouldn’t be able to afford to move. Is a reimbursement standard!? Do most people just have thousands of dollars laying around to afford a moving truck down the interstate??
The only good thing is the reimbursement will be for a set amount, regardless of how much we spent. I don’t know why it has to come a month after the fact though.
I’m considering taking just a few bantam (mini) chickens and keeping them in a cute little hutch. I wonder if anyone would complain, or even notice. The girls and I are very sad about giving away all of our birds. Ada sobbed her heart out for hours yesterday.
This is what our backyard looks like. (Realtor photo, none of these pictures are mine.)
It’s smaller than it looks, and it’s not bigger than the other yards. That’s just the photo angle. There is absolutely NO privacy.
Front of the house, which looks just like every other house within a 20 mile radius.
Living room, which was surprisingly huge in person. Imagine it painted white with dark wide plank style flooring, like this photo I found on the interwebz:
Dining room, which will be the office/school room. Again, imagine it painted white with dark wood floors. I want to put a couple of white ikea desks in there if finances allow. Our fluffy beige loveseat will go at the end where the window is, and maybe a side table, and a few shelves somewhere or a nice cabinet for supplies. Tyler also wants to add crown molding. I am imagining this room and the living room lookingvery different with a few low budget cosmetic updates and different furniture.
Master bathroom: It’s bland, but all clean and relatively new. It could be beautifully updated, but that isn’t high on the list at the moment. I might paint it and add some decorations though, eventually. For now, after using very outdated bathrooms in this 112 year old house I am very excited to shower without a shower curtain sticking to my body, and to not have peeling wallpaper or 100 years of mystery gunk and dust built up in the corners. Just sayin’.
Also, currently our one upstairs bathroom is a very, very long walk from the bedrooms in this huge house. It’s about 2000 sq ft away. Having a bathroom attached to my bedroom? How nice!
Master bedroom is also bland, but light pretty paint and such can help that too. It has a nice size room at least.
One reason I immediately refused to look at this house, at least until it became a last resort, was because it seemed so dark and I hate dark houses. However in person I was very pleasantly surprised to find it was bright and homey. Very comfortable! It was instantly our top pick, even over the other house we put in an offer on the week before.
I don’t really know why. This house was just it. I’m looking forward to light paint to brighten it up some, but really I think these pictures their realtor took just kind of suck. The house was so much better once we were actually standing in it!
It has four bedrooms total. The other three bedrooms are an average size for a cookie cutter house. Not huge, not teeny tiny, but the giant walk in closets in every room make all the difference to me. I can put all of the toys out of sight!! I can hang all of their clothes!
There are also two more bathrooms, one full bathroom upstairs for the kids and a half bathroom downstairs. The house was built in 2004 so they are all still in new-ish condition.
The basement isn’t pictured at all, but I think I remember it having a painted concrete floor. It was clean and dry at least, not at all scary. It could easily be finished into more living space in the future too. Possibly if/when we adopt Igor! He will be a teenager by then (holy crap) so I’m sure he would love a boy-man cave of his own down there. Or maybe I can send the girls to live down there…
Anyway, I think it will all be ok in the end.
Our current stressful challenge is finding a home inspector. Per our contract we have 10 days to get the home inspected and 5 days to negotiate any repairs. We have called seriously 10 home inspectors and we cannot find ANY who are available in the next few days.
What the heck Columbus? Your houses are selling like hot cakes, and your home inspectors are all overbooked. Cross your fingers one of the ten home inspectors we left voicemails for today calls back tomorrow. I’m starting to panic a little!
After that is done the next big thing will be getting the closing date set. We have to get Tyler’s 401k cashed out in time to cover moving costs, which I am also nervous about.
Hopefully it will all come together in the end. If I didn’t have giardia looming over me this would be a whole lot easier…blah.