It’s been quite some time since my last blog! B and I have been going through the process of buying a house and it has been a little chaotic!
We bought our newly built townhouse 2.5 years ago, knowing that it would be a stepping stone, but nonetheless a very comfortable stepping stone! We have enjoyed living in it and it has felt like home for us, however now that we will be expanding our family soon enough, we wanted to have more space when that did happen. We also found that being attached to a neighbor is not at all convenient. You can’t watch movies at a normal sound level without someone knocking on the door, or sit outside at night in the summer without being silent because the neighbors don’t have A/C and their daughter’s bedroom window is open. Just those little things you know…
Last month, we thought we found THE ONE, but after a month long battle trying to get this house, the deal fell through. It turned out the sellers were not qualified for a new mortgage because of certain financial reasons on their end. So that was the end of that and we were quite disappointed, until a week and a half went by and a new house popped up on the same street! We liked that neighborhood a lot since it’s a short walk to the water, which has a small beach and a big park…so we lost hope for a while thinking that we would have to wait a while to find another house for sale that we liked in that area.
We went to see it the day it was listed and that night we put our offer in above asking, but conditional on selling our place. There was an open house scheduled that weekend so we anxiously waited for an answer. Our offer was accepted, condition and all! Yay! But with this, the seller can still show the house and accept other offers, giving us 48 hours to respond. Well of course this had to happen a few days later…we were faced with making the decision of letting go of the house we have come to see as our future or taking a risk and hoping that ours sells before the June 1st closing. We were both not willing to give up this house so….we took the risk.
The house has a great layout and a good size yard with a nice tree for some shade. There’s a “formal” living room, separate dining room, family room off the large kitchen and a powder room on the main floor.
The basement is partially finished; there’s a finished space for TV watching etc. The storage and laundry is unfinished but it’s warm and clean and not dingy and scary lol.
Upstairs there is a master and a master bathroom that needs to be completely redone (it’s pink and VERY dated), a large bedroom with built-ins around the window, another good size room and a redone guest bathroom.
The yard has a large deck and landscaping already done, which eventually we might add a pool or hot tub.
I am excited to get in there and put my “decorating” skills to work! I already have a few projects in mind and they should definitely keep us busy for a little while, however the house is more than livable the way it is. What really did it for me was when B said “The moment I walked in the door I felt like it was home and I can see us raising our family here.”
It’s a little scary now that we have taken out the condition of sale, but I do feel like a 2 year old end unit townhouse will sell fairly fast. We can only hope for the best and be optimistic.
Soon we will be starting the process which I dread…PACKING! At the same time, it’s a good opportunity to get rid of stuff we don’t need, however I do get rid of stuff often. I am definitely not a hoarder and I hate clutter.