I'll admit...I am super excited but also slightly terrified all at the same time.
Let me back up a little.....
We decided to move because we simply needed more space. We wanted a bigger backyard with a place for Fin and Dief to play. We have an outdoor kid - she'd live outside if she could, and our postage stamp sized yard wasn't really cutting it any longer. We also desperately wanted a second living space that wasn't in the basement. Right now we watch TV in the basement and we don't love it. I also work from home 2 days a week (plus spend endless other hours on the computer), and my computer is currently in the basement. It was just getting old. It would be a such a nice day outside and I'd have to work in the basement where it was cold and somewhat dark. Aside from all of the above, Dief refuses to go down the stairs to the basement, so we aren't able to spend time with him at night while we veg in front of the TV.
Our wish list for a new house was:
- In the same city (which is a suburb of Edmonton, where everything is about 10 minutes from everything else)
- an older neighbourhood with established trees
- a big yard
- a quiet street
- 2 living spaces (living room & family room), both of which aren't in the basement
- 3 bedrooms or more
- ensuite (master bathroom)
I can't actually believe it, but we found it all. The house we bought was actually the very first house we looked at. We liked it right away, but we felt that we needed to see what else was out there. Over the next couple of weeks we looked at about 15 more houses, none of which were cutting it for us. We kept comparing everything to this house, so after much thought (and after our own house sold), we decided to make an offer.
The house was a foreclosure, which was a bit scary for us. You have to buy a foreclosure as is/where is, which means you get what you see and have to take it as it is. Yikes! The other strange thing is that you are negotiating with a bank....which is nice because there aren't a lot of feelings involved, but also annoying because it can take them a day or two to respond. After going back and forth for a few days we finally agreed on a price and a possession date. We had heard that there had been more than 5 other offers that had been denied by the bank, so we were quite happy when ours was accepted.
Once the offer was sealed, we then had a week to get all of our ducks in a row and to get our home inspection done. We knew that there was going to be some issues with this place and the home inspection confirmed it. There are various issues from leaky faucets to stuck windows to a defunct furnace, but all of it we figured we could handle (money, sweat, money and more sweat!!!).
This is a project house. It was built in 1979. Some aspects are still original and some are updated, but have been updated really poorly and need to be redone. Our heads are spinning a million miles an hour with ideas and plans, and it's going to take us a while to settle down and figure out everything that needs to be done.
We take possession in 2 weeks (ACK!!) and will have 5 weeks where we have both houses so that we can fix the new one up a bit before we have to move out of our current house. In that time we hope to lay some new flooring, fix up the baseboards, maybe scrape some stipple off of the ceiling, and paint - all the things that are tricky to do once furniture is in)
Ready to see it? These are all pictures from either my iphone or the MLS listing, so my apologies for the quality. I've actually only been in the house once, so I haven't had a chance to get in and take some decent pictures (Mr. Swell went back again for a second viewing, and then again for the house inspection, so he's seen it 3 times and I've had to rely on his judgement :)
The family room, which is just off of the kitchen.
The kitchen. Don't you just love that sunshine ceiling (ick!)
The main floor half bath.
The view of the dining room from the living room.
Check out the headers on doorway....it's just really thick baseboard that has been slapped up. Trust me, this house is looking to be in better shape in these pictures than in real life.
The garage. It's MASSIVE! I see more furniture projects in my future in this space.
The backyard. I am slightly concerned that I might get swallowed up by the overgrown vegetation back there! There is even a hot tub....which looks like it hasn't seen any attention for many years, but we are going to try our darndest to get it running again.
Upstairs there are 4 bedrooms and another bathroom off of the master bedroom. Sorry, no pics!
So there you have it. We are crazy happy and can't wait to get in there and get going. Are you ready to follow along on this journey? I have a feeling I won't be short on blogging material for about the next 5 years!
I promise once we take possession (soon!!!) that I will record a video tour so you can get the full feel of our new pad.