Monday, December 12, 2011

I'm in!!!

So it's a done deal!!! The final walk through went great, and closing went beautifully. I'm officially a homeowner! After closing, I went back to the apartment to finish packing, and I actually ended up taking a little nap. I worked the night before closing, and had been pretty sleep deprived all week, trying to get ready. My sister came up later that night, and we ended up having a sleepover in the den of the new house :-)

Saturday morning was officially moving day, and after sleeping a little bit late, she and I went to pick up the truck, and headed back to the apt to start packing it up. The family came in from out of town to help move me, so I had a lot of help for the actual moving part. We packed everything into the truck (in ONE trip!!) and still had room to go pick up the china cabinet I bought a couple days ago. When we got to the house, we took a champagne break before we started unloading. :-)

So without further ado, here are the pictures I took at walk-through!

The front door opens to the entryway. The stairs go up to the bedrooms and down to the den -

Here is the living room, with the flippin awesome gas fireplace - 

The living room leads to the dining room with french doors to the sunroom, and the kitchen on the right -

The kitchen -

The basement den, which has a hearth and a flu, but no woodstove. It's on my wishlist!

The master bedroom. It's pink -

VERY pink. That might be the first thing to change -

The second bedroom is begging to be turned into the sewing room -

The third bedroom is the perfect size for a guest room/office -

The front door knocker reminds me of Aslan, from Chronicles of Narnia. He's got my back. :-)

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How House Hunting Really Happens.... Finding the One, and getting it!

So after losing the first house, and not being able to make an offer on the second, it was time for me to catch a break. I decided that since I couldn't bring myself to make an offer on #3, that meant it wasn't the house for me. That left house #2, which I loved. We decided to go look at a few more, just to make sure that the one that I liked so much was really the right one. The ones we saw the next weekend confirmed the fact that #3 was a great pick. It is a great house, in a great location, in great shape. So an offer was made!!

The offer went back and forth a little bit, and was accepted less than 2 days after the offer was made. I bought a house! Exciting!

The inspection was the next weekend, and the verdict there was that the house was in impeccable shape. A little age, but nothing that threatened the integrity of the structure. I requested a few things to be taken care of by the seller, and they agreed to take care of everything!

On to the formal loan application (I was already pre-approved), the appraisal, and waiting what seems like forever for closing! The whole process was much more involved than I realized, but with my realtor and mortgage agent working so hard for me, it has been pretty much smooth sailing (so far!!).

Now I'm just days from closing, and I can't believe that it's here already! And I still have so much to do!