We’re officially calling the house ours today. Later today that is, after closing, if for god’s sake it actually happens.
IT’S OUR BEST DAY EVER. Thanks SpongeBob.
If you’ve been following the buying/selling/renting series, you know it’s taken a lot to get to today. Even after filling you in on our decision and ability to go conventional with our mortgage, the bank underwriters still demanded a lot of us and our mortgage teams and lawyer. Every day they seemed to need something else, an addendum, a new statement, a confirmation, and every request pushed our closing date out a day or two. We knew that buying a home as freelancers would be hard, and it was. I think we’re all pretty sick of hearing from each other and nagging one another, and I hope Pete and I never, ever have to buy another house again. I hope this is it.
We had our final walk-through of the property yesterday. We’ve really loved watching the property evolve from early-to-late spring (we saw the house for the first time in early April and here we are closing in mid-June), especially in how the property went from barren of leaves to completely engulfed and barricaded in its maturity. The lawn had grown to about a foot tall in the past few months, and we were glad to see yesterday that the sellers finally gave it one last mow-job for us; it’s lookin’ all fresh and proper and healthy. We explored more around the backyard during this last walk-through, completely enthralled in the privacy of the property and the natural wildlife setting that we were buying into. That’s when I posted these two photos to Instagram:
Because so many of you have been eagerly asking for photos/something/anything, I whipped up a little floor plan for y’all (when I move I get all Southern drawl-ly, I guess). It doesn’t do the house justice, no floor plan can, but I’m excited to share it. The exterior scale of the overall home is spot-on thanks to measurements taken at our home appraisal, so I duplicated that in floorplanner.com and built the guts from there. The room breakdowns are only about as accurate as I could guesstimate with my own eyeballs, from my own memory, based on the exterior shape of the home, and there are probably little nuances that I haven’t even noticed yet, like an extra window or a deeper-than-expected closet. A few notes about what you see are detailed below:
P.S. The first house we had an offer in on still hasn’t closed according to local listings. It’s the house we wanted for ourselves badly for about 5 months, but we’re glad to have moved on. I won’t be sharing the 4,000+ photos I took of that beautiful (ransacked) property, but for as long as it’s publicly available, you can see the listing and photos for that house right here.