Oh, hi. This is the first post on our blog about the renovations we are going to make on a house that we don’t officially own yet. I feel like I need to post something amazing for my very first one, but then I remember that I am the only one who knows that this thing even exists, so it takes the pressure off a bit. Phew. Now that the first paragraph is over, I can breathe.
We are five days away from closing on our very first house. It is, by no means, a perfect house. Most (sane) people who walked in to it probably walked right out a few minutes later, mumbling about how it is outdated and far too much work. Enter, Alison and Josh (the crazies). Josh toured the house one day while I was at work. That night, he told me that I shouldn’t even look at it..Too much wood paneling, lots of weird flooring, and ceiling tiles that might contain asbestos. Ick.
A few days later, my sweet husband told me maybe I should look at it. So I did. Yes, there are a TON of weird/outdated things, but then there are the wonderfully intriguing things like exposed wood beams in the living room, beautiful fireplaces, a huge lot in the area we wanted to be in, and lots of space for our family to grow in to. Potential. Lots of potential. (Notice how I am the one getting emotionally attached…This is how it works around these parts!)
So, we ran a ton of numbers, thought about it, ran some more numbers, and bought it. It doesn’t have asbestos in the ceiling tiles (YAY!) and all of the weird/ugly things about the house, we are going to replace with the finishes that we like. YAY!
July 22nd is our official closing date, then begins the madness that is moving. It is crazy to think that there are so many things that could still go wrong-the appraiser could say we can’t get the house, the termite/moisture company could take too long for their repairs, our bank could lose paperwork, blah, blah, blah. The process of buying a house has really taught me that 1. HGTV makes everything look easier and faster than it really is, 2. I have trouble not being in control, and 3. My husband and I are an unbreakable team, so BRING IT WOOD PANELING.
I am so excited for all that is to come with our little red cottage. And to use a crow bar. And a staple gun. AHH!