It’s been a busy week here with The Kid starting his new school while we tried to make progress on buying our new house and figure out what was going to happen with the lease on our current one. In a refreshing change, things are actually going smoothly. *knocks on wood* We need to sign a bunch of forms for the bank and then they should order the appraisal. Hopefully, that will get started next week. We’ve been trying to get a hold of our rental company and/or the house owner all week to find out the status of our request to terminate our lease early. I finally talked to the company yesterday and the owner said we can get out of it if/when they find someone else to rent it. I’m not sure how likely that is, but at least he didn’t say No. The rental company is going to work on getting it listed and we will do some advertising on our own. We need to spend this weekend trying to de-clutter the house in case someone wants to look at it. Since we didn’t plan to be here this long, we never fully unpacked. There are still half emptied boxes everywhere and stuff everywhere. I’m going to work on packing stuff we don’t need in the next month or so which will help a lot.
Monday morning after I took The Kid to school, I met our realtor and the inspector at the new house. For whatever reason, I thought it would take 1-2 hours. We ended up being there 3.5 hours. My sister stopped by for most of it so she could see the house for the first time. Fortunately, I came prepared with my camera and a tape measure. The sellers had moved all their stuff out since the last time we were there, so I was able to see the house empty which was nice. I also opened all the curtains which had mostly been closed when we were there before. I took a bunch of new pictures and got measurements of several rooms. I wanted to start working on a new closet design for this house so we’ll have somewhere to put our clothes again. I still want to build custom cabinets for our closet, but it’s a good bit smaller than the one we were going to build which makes it a bit of a challenge. I think I can make it work though especially if we take them to the 10′ ceiling.
Anyway, as expected, the inspection didn’t turn up much. A nonworking door bell and smoke detector in the master bedroom along with a non-GFI outlet in the bonus room bath. The sellers have agreed to fix those things which shouldn’t be a big deal to do. Other than the appraisal, I believe all our contingencies have been met.
For now, here are a few more pictures of the exterior along with a couple sneak peeks of the inside.
And here’s a quick look inside. First, the Formal Dining Room. This is where my piano will go. It looks onto the front porch. The door on the right goes to the Powder Room and the kitchen past that.
Across from the Dining Room is the Study. The only thing missing from this room is a closet.
Looking back at the Foyer from the Family Room. The Master Bedroom and Laundry are just past the built-ins on the left. The Study is to the left of the front door and the Dining Room is to the right. The Kitchen is to the right of the Family Room. The white square under the staircase is the central vac with Hide-A-Hose. That’s not something I had on my wish list, but it’s a nice bonus. There’s one on each floor and in the bonus room. There’s also a connected dust pan under the kitchen cabinet to easily sweep up messes in there.
This is standing in one of the Kitchen doorways looking back at the Family Room. The door on the right goes to the Master Bedroom, Coat Closet and Laundry Room. The Family Room looks onto the back porch.
The Powder Room and Dining Rooms are thru the doorway to the left of the cabinets. The Mud Room, Bonus Room and Garage are thru the door on the right. I am standing by the door to the back porch.
This is the huge bonus room. It’s around 32′ from the wall behind me to the door on the left which is attic access. To the left of the stair case is a Full Bath. The small door on the right is a walk-in closet.
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