Let me introduce you to our new (to us) home!
Yeah… it doesn’t look too welcoming now. But, have faith in us. With a little fairy dust, some hard cash and a heckuva lot of sweat equity, it’ll be a lovely little thing. (Don’t forget that we’ve done it before.)
I’ve been holding out on you for what seems like forEVer. Remember this post about house hunting way back on MAY 6? (No? Me either.) In that post, I showed you two houses. One would have been a rental. One would have been a home for us. You overwhelmingly voted for the rental house.
And, believe it or not, we actually had an offer in on that very house. But, then, when the other home came on the market, we wondered if we had made the right decision. After looking at the house and crunching numbers, we knew that it was the right detour for us. So, we withdrew our offer from the rental (we were going back and forth with the bank seller) and put a bid on the other home.
It was a HUD foreclosure, which meant we were blind bidding. The offer had to be in by Sunday, May 9 at midnight. We looked at recent HUD listings and what they sold for, analyzed those numbers and made a bid based on them. Because we know that HUD goes strictly to the highest bidder, we wanted to avoid losing the house by $50 (which happened to us before).
On Monday, May 10, at 5 p.m., while I was getting my hair did, I got the phone call from our realtor that we won the bid. Yeehaw! We ended up outbidding six others and won by $500. Whoa, right?
And, then began the waiting game. We were planning and hoping to close by the first of July. But, that didn’t happen. We waited and waited. And waited. And, if you know me, you know I don’t wait well.
Finally, I began emailing the title company directly. That was the best decision I ever made. I found out that there was a $1,000 water bill lien with the city that needed to be paid by HUD. After a little back and forth, it was approved for payment by the seller. And within two weeks, we had a closing date.
Monday, Aug. 2. Yesterday.
So, we closed and now we have lots to do. But I couldn’t hold out any longer. Ryan asked me to wait to broadcast the news until the papers are signed. Now, we’ll have months of work before we move in. (We’re aiming to put our house up for sale in the spring. Possibly. Unless something changes.)
For now, below are some photos to show you the potential that we saw. Beautiful woodwork, huge rooms, loads of character, a large yard, a fireplace, wood floors. It’s all there. (You can click on the links below the mosaic to see the photos directly.)
1. Front exterior with fence (before), 2. Side exterior (before), 3. Front porch exterior (before), 4. Window dummies (before), 5. Garage (before), 6. Back of the house (before), 7. Outside garden shed (before), 8. Back door and porch (before), 9. Kitchen (before), 10. Kitchen (before), 11. Kitchen – to be a bathroom (before), 12. Half-bath to be (before), 13. Dining room (before), 14. Staircase and banister in the living room (before), 15. Front door – entryway (before), 16. Second front door (before), 17. Living room (before), 18. Living room (before), 19. Bedroom 1 (before), 20. Bedroom 1 radiator ( before), 21. Bedroom 2 (before), 22. Bathroom (before), 23. Tub (before), 24. Wall texture (before), 25. Brick fireplace (before), 26. Living room woodwork (before), 27. Basement shower (before), 28. Kitchen exposed brick (before), 29. Entry way tile (before), 30. Banister detail (before), 31. Dining room ledges (before), 32. Door detail (before), 33. Basement (before), 34. Basement (before), 35. Yard (before)
I’m glad the cat’s out of the bag. My posting may eventually become more sporadic than usual. With this new house, we’ll both be spending most weeknights and free weekends with our new baby. However, I have scheduled posts for the next few weeks with content I already had ready. (After all, I did have a full month that we thought we’d have the house when we hadn’t closed.)
And, I hope to figure out a way to fill you in on the progress as it’s going, without losing my precious sleep or sanity. But, this is the first time we’ve been in renovation-mode while blogging. (And, this post is a snippet of our lives during the first renovation. Wendy’s, powertools and rubble… here we come.)
The first things on the agenda:
- Get all the junk and carpeting out of the house (Ryan) and bleach it (Kim).
- Pull out the junk and weeds, clean up around the house, paint the foundation and transplant perrenials (Kim).
- Get gas, electric and water turned out by some act of god (Kim).
- And, maybe begin creating a working bathroom (Ryan)?
Most of all, we’re excited for this new adventure. To make another neglected house into a well-loved home.
So, I hope you’ll tell us what you think and wish us luck. You can even tell us we’re lunatics. (But that probably won’t change our mind.)
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