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My husband and I bought a small bunglow on the eastside of our lovely Midwestern town in November of 2007. We were renting the mother in law apartment in the house next door and always wondered about the little bungalow. I actually thought is was quite ugly with wide width metal siding and hideous awnings. The shades were always drawn and after a while we realized that nobody actually lived there. The neighbor across the backyard took care of the house and sometimes some young guys showed up to mow the lawn. We saw the neighbor show the house a few times to other people but we didn’t realize that it was actually for sale until the realtor For Sale sign when up in the front yard. My husband had just recently entertained the idea of buying a house since our little 600 SF apartment was slowly getting to small, plus I really liked the idea of having an art studio again, or at least a basement to have an area for my sloppy ceramics.

So we made an appointment with the selling realtor to see the house and didn’t think too much of it. It was old, the floor was unlevel, there was ugly gray carpet glued down to the hardwood floor, warped ceiling tiles in all the rooms, and a kitchen with pink curtains you would never let any food near. Oh, and yes, at one point, many mice lived in the house. So we said we’ll think about it and went to look at another house. In the smaller but very nicely renovated other house we realized that no house would ever be renovated in a way that we would want and that our neighborhood was awesome. I guess we really couldn’t imagine moving. We liked where we were at but couldn’t stay in the little apartment forever. What better way to stay in the neighborhood but have our own house than buying the house next door.

So we asked our realtor, not the selling realtor of our house if we could see it again. That was possible, but I guess in realtor law, since we had already toured the house with the selling realtor, we were technically his and he would take the all 6% home if the sale went through. But because people in the Midwest are so nice, he allowed us to bring our realtor and share the prey. Lucky us. So yes, we toured the house and said he want it, then learned that there was an offer in on the house already but hadn’t been accepted because of the low price. So we made an offer and it didn’t get accepted, of course but we learned the other guys weren’t gonna budge with the price. We also learned that we need to clean up the offer because the seller of in the nursing home, he couldn’t really do anything to fix up things. So we upped our offer, took out the mold contingency and maybe something else, didn’t sleep for a few nights and that got our offer accepted. It was gonna be our house. Yeah! We fantasized for the next month about what all we are going to have to do until we would be able to move in and looked longingly across the yard to our house.

We closed on the loan on November 30th in the early morning. We had both taken work off so we could start work on the house. It was a great day. We moved all our tools into the house and started pulling off the plastic tile in the kitchen, taking out the kitchen cabinets. This day started our “not gonna end anytime soon” time of constant home remodeling projects.

 

Proud new homeowners

Proud new homeowners

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“Moving in”

Most people would move in pretty much soon after they closed on their loan and got the keys for their new house. Some other people move in with their “heavy machinery”, hammers, wall paper strippers, saws and pry bars. That was us. But first, lets document what this house looked like because when we were going to be done with this, you wouldn’t know it was the same house.

Here are some impressions of the house the day we took over:

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