And so, it looks like we may have a house. I won’t fully believe it until we are sleeping in our bed in the new house in one month (ONE MONTH) but we negotiated and had an offer accepted. I honestly will distrust this and wait for it to fall apart. I’m a pessi-realist, which is to say that I’m mostly a pessimist, but I’d like to think I’m more of a realist (and also that the worst-case scenario is often the reality). So I shall say again, I won’t believe it til we are sleeping there.
This collage of photos? HORRIBLE. I haven’t taken any and the ones online were just bad. Hence the collage—to distract you a bit from how bad each photo is. Here are some details:
-2300 sq ft-3 bedrooms (with another room we’ll use as a 4th)
-totally renovated inside with tile & imitation hand-scraped wood-laminate floors
-kitchen has new appliances & cabinets, granite counters
-both bathrooms are totally renovated w/granite, new tubs & floors
-giant laundry room so I can stop folding laundry all over the house
-sits on 1/2 an acre
-I’m saying that again: SITS ON 1/2 AN ACRE
After looking at so many homes that needed work and were total reno plans for us, finding a home that inside is really finished was weird. I mean, I’m so happy about it. We can move right in! I’ll change paint I’m sure, and maybe lighting fixtures in a few places. In a few years, we’d love to put a giant tub in the master because we’ve always wanted one. But inside? It’s totally renovated and I love the finishes. LOVE.
It’s an old home, so we are expecting bad things on the inspection report, namely: electrical, pipes, possibly foundation. That would all be normal and we’ll talk through those things with the seller and hopefully come to an agreement. That’s what we did on our house when there were 30 pages that came back on the inspection report. 30 PAGES. Lots of negotiation, but we are happy and so are the buyers. I hope we can get to that same point now with this house.
The yard, lovely size though it is, is almost all weeds. High weeds, not like in the above photo. The back is also not level and has a rag-tag deck plus a falling-down fence that’s incomplete we’ll have to fix right away for Tex and the kids. Good thing Rob can build fences! He, his dad, and family friend Scott (hiiiiiiiii, Jenn!) built one in our back a month ago, so we’ll have a repeat of that on a bigger scale.
And perhaps the most negative feature: across the road and over a fence is a trailer park. I am honestly not so concerned about this. For resale, it’s not great and was a major negotiating point when discussing price with the seller. I have friends who grew up in trailer parks—that’s real life to real people. So no biggie for us. We see this as a forever home and are less concerned about resale, and I also think with the way this area is developing, in a few years it will be something else. So I’m not concerned, but do think that was a factor in the way this house sat on the market.
This was a house I had my eye on from the beginning. But first it was pending sale, then that fell through, but Rob and I saw it at different times and he wasn’t thrilled, mostly because it was admittedly out of budget. We did some rethinking of budget and hammering numbers and also talked down the price a bit. With the insane market here in Houston, we feel like this house is actually an investment that’s worth the price, where a lot of homes are priced crazy just because people are desperate. There are about 10 homes for sale in the three zip codes we were looking, and another 80 that are under contract. This means most homes sell in a few hours for over asking price (like ours). After having the original contract fall through, this one sat for five weeks. The trailer park probably had a good impact. Overall, the details seemed to really fall right into place.
We are so thankful. But I’ll believe it when we are staring at the ceiling from our bed the first night.