Takin’ it easy

We’ve decided to take it easy and not rush into anything with *the* house. We’ve been talking a lot about it – our likes (the layout, the neighborhood, the yard, the unfinished basement for a possible future photography studio for me), our dislikes (it needs new windows and other updates), and what we’d need to do before we could even move in (put in a dog run or fence).

Since finding out it was on the market last summer and didn’t sell, I don’t feel like we have to rush this. If this is the house for us, it will work out. However, the more I think about it, I’m not sure it is *the* house.

In the meantime, we’ve met with a Realtor who walked through our house and told us some things we need to have fixed or start working on ourselves to prepare it for going on the market. Also, he told us we probably won’t get as much for our house as we would like, since it’s a buyer’s market right now and there are something like 16 other houses in our neighborhood already for sale. Blah. I am excited to get the ball rolling though and to know exactly what we need to fix up so that we can put it up for sale.

June is going to be a super busy, crazy month. Not only are we going to be doing home repairs, boxing up all of our clutter and moving it to a storage unit, we’re also having Ava’s 3rd birthday party and my parents will be staying with us for a week. Thankfully, I know they will be a big help in all of this. It’s just going to be a matter of finding the time to get everything done. Staying up ’til midnight painting, patching nail holes in the walls, putting Liquid Gold on our wood work, and packing up boxes is not my idea of a good time, but it all has to be done.

We’re going to revisit “*the* house” this weekend with our Realtor to look at it with a more critical eye. We’ve also found a couple other homes we want to take a look at, and he’s suggested looking at a few homes in our neighborhood that are already on the market, so we know what the “competition” looks like.

And so we are moving onward and upward. 🙂

*the* house

What do you do if you find a house that you pretty much fall in love with and want to buy, but you haven’t put your’s on the market yet?

We found one such house yesterday and toured it today and I love it. It was built in the 70s and needs a lot of updating, but it’s on a huge (for this area) lot at just shy of half an acre. It has tons of fruit trees and berry bushes, and loads of perennial flowers. It’s in a nice neighborhood. It’s being sold by the original owner and it’s clean and been well taken care of. I’m sure it won’t last long at all at the price it’s at.

I want this house. I can picture the kids growing up there and playing in the back yard. I admit I was thinking about what room we could set up a birthing pool in if we have another baby in a few years. I even confessed to Jody that I can picture the kids coming home with their own children to celebrate Christmas with us there in 30 years. He told me I’m getting too attached. Am I?

Jody left a voicemail with a Realtor today about getting our house on the market. Even if that happens quickly though, I have my doubts about the likelihood of us getting this house. I am certain it is going to be snatched up fast. If there was any way we could put in an offer and pay for two mortgages, I would go for it, but there’s just no way. And realistically speaking, we need the money we’ll make off of this house to apply towards that one since it costs more than we’d get for ours.

I want to be positive and say “that house is mine” (we’ve already been talking about it as “our house” LOL), but I’m also trying to prepare myself for the chance that it won’t happen.

Anybody have any tips for me/us on what we can do to get our house to sell FAST, FAST, FAST?

The big project

My in-laws have been visiting us this week, here from Oklahoma. The visit is going well. They are enjoying spending time with Ava and meeting Julian for the first time in person. And Ava is eating up all of the special time with “me-maw.”

Jody took most of the week off from work and he and my father-in-law have been installing wood floor laminate in our dining room. The floor is in now and it looks really nice. The only thing left to do at this point is to put up the new baseboards and, once we move the hutch back in, the room will be pretty much be done. We do need to get some felt pads for under the chair and table legs and I’m thinking about getting an area rug for under the table and to add a bit of color. We’ll see.

I’ll have to post some before and after pictures once it’s all complete. I don’t know who’s idea it was to have carpet in the dining room in the first place, but kids, food and carpet don’t mix.

Despite all the sawing, hammering, etc. that’s gone along with this project, I’m happy to report there were no injuries. Well, no injuries associated with the project. Yesterday Jody was balancing on one foot while he took off his pants, getting ready for a shower. He lost his balance and went to put his other foot down and jammed his middle toe right into the laundry basket. It has since turned purple and we’re pretty sure it’s broken. Ouch. At least he still has all of his appendages.