Weekend Snapshots

You know we sold our house, we’re building a new one and just recently returned from vacation, right? (If not, feel free to catch up!)

This makes life very busy. I mention vacation because while we were on vacation, our friend who was taking care of our cats while we were gone called us in a panic. The breakfast nook in our officially sold house was experiencing the heavy rain from outside on the inside. It was the perfect combination of heavy rains, a newly clogged gutter and a worn seal on the balcony floor.

We got a contractor to come out and look at it on Saturday, he gave us an estimate and recommended that we do the demo part ourselves to save time, money and mess. So Brad cut down part of the ceiling and we made sure everything was dry for replacing this week. Thankfully, the only things that need replaced are a small piece of drywall, a small amount of insulation and the balcony floor needs resealed. The gutter has already been cleaned out and the neighbor’s tree has been glared at a time or two.

We also had a little house planning fun, we went back to Ryan Homes and signed a couple of change orders and figured out the hanging fixture in our morning/dining room.

The rest of the weekend was spent packing, sorting through things to donate, recycle or throw away. Continue reading

Solutions for Temporary Housing Between Closings

My last business trip had me at a well-appointed Hyatt House

We can’t break ground on our new home until our current home sale closes. Although everything is good with the sale, it was a contingency we wrote into the build in order to protect us.

The problem is that our buyers want keys surrendered at closing. They’re paying darn near asking price on the place so we aren’t going to say no. That leaves us temporarily without a home. It’s kind of a stressful thought, but there are temporary housing options for those between homes.

Here are the ones we considered:

Rent back from your buyer. When Brad and I bought our first house, we let the sellers rent back from us for two months while they found a new place. It worked out because we were in a lease with our apartment anyway. Unfortunately, we can’t do that. Continue reading

Buy or Build: Decision 2015

We put our house on the market knowing that we wanted to live somewhere else. We just didn’t know where, or what, that would be.

Since our house sold (in 4 days!), a lot of people are wondering what we’re doing and where we’re going. (Spoiler Alert: We’re staying in the greater Cleveland area.)

It started with some research on “resale” homes in a few areas that we liked. We saw some great homes, but none really felt like “it” or made us excited to actually put our house up for sale.

Brad started doing research (he’s great at research) and discovered that we could build a brand new home in our price range. That thought was staggering, but proved when we visited a new Ryan Homes community and walked through two floor plans. Then we went through the pricing exercise to determine which features we wanted in a home.

So we signed the paperwork and bought ourselves a home site. Lot 147 is the K-Couple’s future home.

But between the time we close on our current home and the time we close on the new construction, we’ll be homeless (3ish months). I’ll be writing a blog post on temporary housing options in the near future.

What’s one feature you would want in your dream home?

Looking Back: The First Home Experience

In true #ThrowbackThursday fashion, I’m re-sharing the one time that I had “the wedding dress experience”…with a house.

The Wedding Dress Experience  – July 31, 2013

If you’ve ever spent much time reading wedding blogs, magazines or forums you’ve heard about the wedding dress experience. The experience that when you find “your dress” you know it. You cry. You’re overcome with joy.

I didn’t have that.

I loved the dress, just didn’t cry. {PS I made that Mrs. hanger!}

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The House: Part 2

Read Part One Here.

I spent the entire weekend painting in our new house, so I suppose I should share part 2.

The Friday after the first showing, we had a second showing and brought our extra eyes. The realtor hung back as we showed my in-laws the house. They had comments and questions about the house but nothing seemed to jump out at them as a problem either.

What I really noticed though was how completely comfortable I felt in the house, even surrounded by other the sellers’ stuff. The house just kind of drew us in. We loved the higher ceilings, the little balcony off the back, the wide arched opening between the dining room and living room and the walk-up attic.

The in-laws’ verdict was in: There was nothing significantly wrong with the house (except maybe a bright yellow dining room).

We decided to put an offer on it that night.

We said goodbye to Brad’s family and met our realtor at Starbucks to draw up the paperwork. By 11 p.m. that night we’d made an offer on our first home.

Then we had to wait through the weekend for a response.

To summarize the intermediate steps, withing the last hour before our offer expired, we received a verbal offer acceptance with some minor contingencies. The house had been on the market for 16 days and the sellers didn’t have a new place yet so they wrote into the contract the option to rent the house back from us for 30 days. Coupled with a 60-day close it would give them sufficient time to find and close on their own home.

Next in the home series: Home inspections and first time home buyers.