04 March 2013
A New House?
I'll make this short and sweet, my friends, because we're in Michigan, our home state, and I've got my attention divided three ways from Sunday. (I don't really know what that expression means, my husband is a big fan of it). We're here to house hunt - we have about five months before we need to move in, so it'd be great to close a month before we need it, giving me time to clean, paint, etc.
We've been married almost 5 years, but never spent more than 21 months at one address. We're ready to settle down. We're ready to be done with community laundry rooms, loud neighbors, and fighting for the good parking space.
I'll spare you the long, boring stories of dragging Abigail house-to-house-to-condo 14 times over the course of 2 days, but suffice to say, we're putting in an offer this morning on cute little 1950s brick number. A traditional, modest home.
We viewed three properties twice, the second time dragging my handy man father with us to point out potential problem areas in a sort of pre-inspection. Then we went back to our favorite, the one above, in the evening to see what the neighborhood was like after dark. My mom has spent the better part of these last few days watching Abigail so we could get a good feel for the house we wanted. Our Realtor tells us that it's a stable, consistent neighbor with few renters, no nearby subsidized housing, and a good elementary school, but we take it with a grain of salt, since she is a salesperson after all.
The home has a decent living room with nice-looking carpet, a dated but charming kitchen, three small bedrooms with well-worn hardwood floors, and a finished basement with the most dated wood paneling you ever did see. A large, covered patio overlooks a big, fenced backyard and backs up to a wooded lot with small creek. The one-and-a-half car garage is in good condition and the driveway is paved. It met our qualifications (a fence, a garage, three bedrooms, a basement, a good deal), and appears to require no immediate maintenance before we move in (a formal inspection will hopefully confirm this). The house is a short sale, so the process could take awhile, but our Realtor is well-versed in short-sales.
The biggest problem this house poses is a possible having dissimilar metals in the electrical system, so some such deal. It is a make-or-break problem. We'll have to write it into the contract. Good thing my husband is a lawyer.
More details to come later, but for now, we've got our fingers crossed.