Its never over till its over….
A quick update on the misadventures of our house sale and purchase.
I don’t know if I told you that we are in the process of purchasing a house. That’s right we found one that “will suit” and so we are trying to land it. With a finite amount of time left before we had to be out of our home my wife comes to the conclusion that finding the perfect house, or floor plan, is just like finding the perfect man…it doesn’t exist so we have to settle for one we can live with.
We ‘settled on’ a brand new home in a neighborhood close to work that has the great school system. It is a 5BR 4Bth house with a sun room. It has a smallish back yard but big enough to fence in and put our pool, although that may not be this year due to all this misc. things we have to buy or get or fix as we ‘settle’ into our new home.
Here’s a pic of the house close to the end of its construction. There aren’t many pictures of the inside since it was just completed but this gives you an idea of the living room and how open it is….
But if our journey sounded hectic before it just gets crazier and crazier. A new contract with 50 signatures, moving money, figuring mortgage payments, closing on our old house in the morning and closing on the new house at noon; or else there is no place for us to stay. Will the funds wire through on time? We can’t move into the new home until we pay for it, which is after we sell our old home to get the full deposit.
Its like for 18 hours we have no place to stay. We will be living out of our cars as we hand over the keys to our first home and await our funds to wire through for the deposit on our new home. What happens if the banks hold up on the sale of our house? No stress!
So we are figuring all that out. We have a long list of things that have to happen before we sell our house or buy the other. Home inspections, transfer insurances, bank appraisals, sign this, initial here, sign this that says you already initialed here, and there is a fee for that too. No stress!
My family was down for a week over Easter and Dylan’s birthday. That same week our dishwasher went out. Easter dinner….no dishwasher…except mwah! The alternator on my car also decided to quit. And it looks like our clothes washer wants to follow suit. We just got done paying for the hot water heater that went out last month. No Stress!
So this past week our home’s buyer sends his home inspector to evaluate our home and look for hidden dangers. We waited 5 days for the results. No news is good news, right?
Finally our realtor gives me a call. She starts out by saying, ” We just got the report back from the buyer. I forward it to your email. Now I don’t want you to get upset when you see it.…” GASP!!
You know when any conversation is prefaced like that it is not good news. He submitted a 23 page article of things that needed to be fixed! GASP!!
She says “its not that bad. Most of these things are easy fixes.”
Sure enough it turns out the home inspector found lint in the dryer vent, tree limbs that need to be trimmed away from our roof, leaves swept out of our air conditioner. I can do that! Give me a break!
And then we see the pictures of the rotted wood beneath our kids bathroom. The inspector notes the wood rotted all the way through to the mortar of the existing tile in the bathroom floor. Our realtor says, “I don’t know why that toilet hasn’t fallen through yet the way these pictures look.” …..GASP!!
Mentally we have already moved into our new home. We are planning furniture and pictures on walls. Snap back to reality. If we haven’t put enough money into this house already these past few months now we have to tear out a floor and repair some rotted wood; rotted wood I never knew existed! No stress!
This money was already ear marked for new patio furniture at our new digs. Or a fence, or a pool deposit. Now I have to fix my house…again…and in a timely matter that it doesn’t screw up this whole house buying/ selling transaction that we have worked so hard to put together. No stress!
I made some calls. Did some appointments. One day I literally had 6 people after me at one exact moment between texts, phone calls, emails, and Instant Messenger. We found a good contractor that can do the work on the rotted wood from the crawl space below. It is going to snatch a lot of our pre-sale funds for the new house but what else can we do? Stay?
So we are moving forward again. The work on the house will start, and hopefully finish next week. We still need an appraisal from the banks on both houses, do our own walk through in the new house, get insurance for the new casa, and probably sign a few more things.
Then box everything up the weekend before, take apart the kids swing set (that won’t be easy on the kids) so we can move it and prepare for the big day at the end of the month where we sell and buy a house over the course of a few hours. …And then meet the truck(s) that have our things and unload and unpack in our new zip code that afternoon. No stress!
Our new address will be “Wild Indigo Lane“. It sounds like a cheap fruity wine, doesn’t it? We already met some of our new neighbors; all nice folks. We are currently accepting names and initial dues for ground floor prices on ‘Wild Indigo Pool Society‘ memberships.
So I wanted to open it up to all of you. If anyone would like to come by and swim in our future pool, swim up to the pool bar, relax in our hammocks, get challenged to pool volleyball and enjoy some burgers and dogs at our cookouts please click here on the pre-construction prices. Hurry! Memberships are limited!
And I promise the money won’t be used to replace some old rotted wood under our current home. Hurry! Lines are now open!