Archive | May, 2013

projects and visitors

23 May

We moved all of our stuff in on April 27.  When I looked around the house at all the boxes I had no idea where to start.  Once the kitchen was put away I basically stopped.  Our house is two stories with a basement and there were boxes everywhere.  Britton left for California the following Tuesday and I was left to my own devices.  Luckily, my mother was feeling somewhat left out from our first house purchase so she jumped at the opportunity to fly up to help which made me even LESS motivated to unpack.  Why bother, mom is coming!  She will know where to start!!!

So at the end of the week Britton came home on Friday and mom came in on Saturday and that’s when things got really exciting around the new Wall house.  Britton and I have decided we are taking on a big project this summer by tearing out the three existing closets in the master bedroom in order to put in one large walk in.  We had a king size bed being delivered sometime on Saturday so we decided to start the demo portion of the project that morning to, more or less, make room for the bed where we wanted to have it.  To give you some background, three of the four corners of the room were turned into closets with the fourth corner taking up space from the bathroom.  One closet is original with the house, which is the one we were removing first while the other two were put in much later.

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right closet is original, left closet was put in later. directly across from the left closet is the third closet in the room and it is exactly the same.

We also hate those built in cabinets above the windows and closets so those will be coming out as well.

So while mom unpacked boxes, Britton and I did some demo.  My mother in law came over to help as well so we had a full house, everyone doing something different to help up get our house in order.  I had an easy job in the demo, I removed the nails from all the framing and baseboards so that we could reuse it when we finish up the closets.

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salvaging the wood

It’s funny, Britton didn’t think there would be much dust or debris so he didn’t even want to cover up our dressers and other closets…  He was dead wrong.

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just the top parts of the closet remaining

Our wood floors are covered in dust.  That white in the corner is NOT our drop cloth.  Britton was just breathing in dust all day and refused to wear a mask.  Can’t imagine what that did to his lungs.  But despite the mess I think it all cleaned up pretty nicely.

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the original closet is all out

I’m looking forward to finishing up this project this summer when we can get some help from Greg (my father in law).  He built his house from the ground up so he will be the best resource as we continue on our projects this summer!

to close or not to close

16 May

After our offer was accepted I assumed the process would fly by after that.  It seemed the biggest hurtle should be the negotiations.  What is it they say about assumptions?  I’m a dummy.  Around every corner there was another hurtle.  We were told we would close on the house on April 18th.  As you know I changed my job at the beginning of April which our loan officer assured us would not be an issue.  As you also know, I got married in September.  So two major life changes in the span of 7 months threw up a red flag the week of closing.  So they had to do an audit on me to make sure I wasn’t trying to commit identity fraud…

Friday, April 19th we were all set to close.  They had determined I wasn’t a criminal!  By about noon Britton and I were sitting on pins and needles waiting for the call with a time we would close.  We called our loan officer relentlessly and were getting little to no response.  Britton had taken half that day off so we could start moving.  At lunch time we went out to eat together both in rare form after the torture of waiting.  We heard around noon that we would not be closing after all.  The sellers had to install a Radon Mitigation system and they waited until the week of closing to get that taken care of.  What none of us seemed to know is that since we required it to be installed, our loan wouldn’t close until they had proof that the system was working.  So here is a timeline on this mitigation system:

  • Installed on Tuesday April 16
  • System takes 40 hours to begin working
  • Follow up Radon Test takes 72 hours
  • No follow-up test was requested until Friday when we were all notified of this requirement
  • Radon Test began on SATURDAY April 20
  • Results by Monday April 22

So needless to say, we weren’t closing and it would be tight to close on Monday but we were assured that would be the case.  Britton had his follow up at Mayo Monday and Tuesday so we moved some things around to accommodate the closing only to find out at 2 pm on Monday that we WOULD NOT be closing after all.  Nightmare-ish trip up to Rochester ensues.  You can read all about it here.

So after all that, we closed on April 24.  A full week after our official close date.  What’s funny is that our real estate agent told us our bank was known for late closings… Interesting.

We started home improvements that very night to make sure the house would be ready for move in on Saturday.  Britton and his dad, Greg, primed and painted the neon green room while my mother-in-law and I cleaned the bathroom and kitchen.  But the best part was our photo shoot on Thursday with Greg.

House 1

House 3

House 5

House 6

And thanks to Greg we were able to document our new house before it became a disaster which, I believe, is what happens to every house during the moving process… But then again, it could just be me!


6 May

We found our house on a Monday.  It was the same Monday that the house went on the market.  Britton looked at the house again on Wednesday with his parents.  We put an offer on the house by Friday.  We were under the impression there was another very interested couple and we wanted to beat them to the punch.  We had a counter from the family by Saturday and our counter was accepted by Sunday.

I’d say that process happened pretty dang quickly!  After looking at houses and finding nothing until this one.  We dove in head first when we knew it was the right house.  I guess you could say its like finding your soul mate.  When you know, you know.  And there’s no point in dilly dally!  Our offer was accepted contingent upon the family’s offer being accepted on the house they were interested in.  It turns out, they put their house on the market because they found a house they wanted.  So the contingency plan was that they had 10 days for their offer to be accepted otherwise our accepted offer was off the table.  We heard within a few days that we were good to go and had our 10 day inspection period.

We paid extra in our inspection to test for radon… FYI, unless you have to do this for your loan or some other reason, leave the radon test alone.  Pain. In. The ARSE!  Because our house tested 3 times the acceptable levels of radon so that meant we needed to have a radon mitigation system installed.  Look that up.  I’ve got no clue what ANY of that means.  Our offer post inspection included the sellers to pay for a radon mitigation test, clean the humidifier and fix a rotted window (the house has almost all original windows, beautiful, pain to clean).  This counter offer was accepted on the condition that we split the cost of the radon mitigation system at closing.  We were good to go.

So in the span of 2 weeks we found, offered and were on our way to becoming home owners.  I was a little scared but VERY excited.