Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I bought a house.

Yeah, I bought a house. What a freaking week! Last Thursday I went to look at yet another house. I've been house hunting for a looooong time. I don't get too excited about these things anymore, but when I see what looks like a good house, reasonably priced and pretty close to where I'd ideally live, I had to go. Not too much time to think about it: wander through for a bit and make a decision. A house like this will be snatched up, so you have to jump on it. I did. By Friday afternoon, I was officially "sale pending." Things have gotten progressively stressful since then. I spent several days in agitated turmoil trying to figure if I was nuts, what was I doing, and it's not perfect - should I keep searching for perfect? It hasn't been pretty. (A huge thank you to those of you who have been listening to me babble on - more than normal - about my house angst. You know who you are.)

Main inspection was yesterday and, happily, very clean. A couple of others are in the offing. If all goes well, I will have a new home October 8. The previous owners maintained the house very well, but had not-great taste. They did some seriously "unfortunate" updating, which stopped sometime in the 70s. This will be a long-term-project house. I have grand plans, but not a grand bank account. Baby steps. There will be future pictures of the paneling, various wallpapers and peculiarities as I document the "before" of the house.

Did I mention that my stress level is through the roof?

5 comments:

Tanya said...

I love it, so cute! But I'm confused. How are you going to be a homeowner as of Aug 8th - that's last month!

Curly Girl Glass said...

oops, thanks Tanya. I fixed it now. October 8. Can you tell I'm a bit discombobulated?

Amanda said...

Yay!! That's so exciting, Judi! I'm so happy for you.

This has been quite a process, and I know we're not even at the "improvement" stages. :P I highly recommend those 1800gotjunk guys. Totally wonderful to deal with, and they came one day after I called them.

Where is it? I can't wait to see it!!

Sara Thomas Designs Studio said...

Oh How exciting for you! The house is adorable and reminds me so much of mine! My husband and I had also "house hunted" for a really long time. They all needed too much work and were out of our price range. Finally after we had given up one just popped up and it all worked out! Like yours, our house was well taken care of but the remodeling stopped in the 70's. We have all the wood paneling (so dark! yuck!) Like you said, baby steps. Remodeling takes lots of time and money which is unfortunate. My mind has great ideas for what I want and it takes great control to keep myself from ripping things down before we have the means to finish it!

Good luck to you! I can't wait to see more pictures!

High Desert Diva said...

I am sooooooo excited for you!!!

Two things: we were able to donate damn near everything we ripped out to Habitat Restore....saved a bundle on dumpster rental (as in...we didn't have to rent one at all) And secondly: The Rebuilding Center on N Mississippi. Make it your second home. You're so lucky to live close!!!