See Part 1 here.
When I last left off our our story of buying a house, we had gone through 4 houses on a Saturday in January and first saw the Grandma Party House. At this point, Chris and I had seen about a half dozen or so homes. I was trying really hard to not rely only on my heart but rather what home would be a smart investment for us while still fulfilling the dreams I had for our first home.
I don’t remember when we decided that the Grandma Party House might be the one, but we eventually met with our realtor to put in an offer. The house had been on the market for a bit and didn’t show the best, so we were hoping to save some money off of the asking price. The sellers countered, we accepted, and suddenly we had bought a house. As anyone who has bought a house knows, the fun had only just begun. We set up a time for the inspection and started making plans to move. The inspection was about 40 pages long with quite a few things that I found quite concerning. Thankfully, our agent walked us through it and helped assure us that we are buying a home, not a house. I learned that home inspectors like to be thorough and though some of the things we things we should be concerned about, a lot of the things just come with purchasing a house that’s 60+ years old. We did get follow-up inspections and quotes from electricians and plumbers before coming up with our request to remedy.
The seller didn’t do any of the requested repairs but we did get some compensation to make up the difference. It was during this time period that I started to panic a bit and Chris and I were definitely a bit tense. Something about making a $200k purchase that really stressed us out. We finally got to the closing table, and after a hiccup, we had the keys to our home.
Our lease wasn’t up for a few months so we decided to keep living in our rental while making the changes to the house before we moved in. We spent months and months of painting walls (the living room and bedroom), wandering the aisles at Lowe’s, and taming the yard. Thankfully, we decided to leave refinishing our hardwood floors to the professionals (definitely a decision I still stand by today).
We brought carloads of stuff over every time in an attempt to make the big move easier (this is the part I was dreading most). We finally moved in on a Saturday in May and our amazing family and friends all came to help. It had rained the whole night before we moved (and part of the morning) and the first step I took into our house to start moving in, my sister-in-law noticed some water on the floor, which unfortunately was coming from the ceiling. We tried to focus on moving in and eventually, most of our belongings made it in the house.
Our relief quickly turned to stress when six days later, the ceiling in the kitchen where the leak had been collapsed. I was awoken at 1:30 in the morning by Chris asking for help to clean it up. We worked together in silence to pick up the chunks of plaster off the floor, which was quite a growing experience for the two of us. I am happy to say, that I am typing this a couple weeks after finally getting that hole in the ceiling patched. I am happy it is behind us, but I learned that it is too easy to ignore a problem in your house that is not in your immediate plans to fix.
To summarize, buying a house is not a walk in the park. I absolutely do not regret buying our house, but I am grateful that we were smart with our money and saving and that we did not purchase a house that would completely drain our savings. I think it’s too easy to buy a house that you may technically be able to afford, but after maintenance costs, you get in over your head. We have had some other bumps in the road since moving in, but I am so grateful that we had a home warranty and friends and family that can give us guidance when issues arise. I love owning a home, but sometimes I think about how easy life was as renters.
Update: Between typing this and posting it, Chris and I discovered that our hot water heater was leaking. Thankfully, we were saved by our home warranty and had a new tank less than 24 hours later. Sometimes things do work out ok.