The idea has been swirling around in my head for a while, so I've taken the opportunity of a day off to finally set up this blog and get started. I'm trying to ignore the panic that is starting to set in because it's almost 6pm on the third day of a long weekend and I haven't accomplished everything I wanted to do this weekend...
I'm assuming that if you're reading this blog you know that Sean and I have recently purchased our first home. If you didn't know...surprise! We have a house! I'm actually not sure if it's technically purchased yet, but we've signed all the loan papers so I guess that's close enough? Our closing date is set for the 28th, but we're hoping to finalize sometime this week so we can get in and get to work this weekend.
I wanted to create this blog to share with everyone our adventures in home ownership. Chances are, if you talk to me on a regular basis you've been putting up with my constant phone calls/e-mails/gchats about all things house buying, so I figured I'd start a new outlet for my obsessing that you can peruse at your leisure and see what we're up to in the new place.
I'll share more photos soon, but to summarize: we bought an ugly house. It has some redeeming qualities (like new plumbing, roof, sewer, electric, and heating) but overall it's a little...well...on the ugly side. We think this it why it's been sitting on the market for 400+ days. We have some big ideas on how to transform our homely little abode, which I wanted to chronicle in a blog to keep everyone updated and also track our progress.
So - update #1! Since we just got final loan approval and gave notice on our apartment, we decided to take this weekend to go appliance shopping. I've been obsessing over the past month or so about appliances...seriously, it's sad how much I've been scouring the web for deals when we weren't actually ready to buy. I figured now that we're 99.9% sure we're moving into the new house we should take the plunge and actually buy. It seemed like the President's Day deals were decent, so yesterday we set out to spend some cash and buy some pretty new things for the house. On the list were a new fridge and a washer/dryer set, since our lovely short sale house comes stripped of everything but a stove and dishwasher.
Appliance shopping was exhausting. I think it was less stressful picking out a house than it was picking out a fridge. We had an idea of what we wanted from browsing online, but we still drove around to 3 different stores to see the exact model/color we wanted in person and make sure the refrigerator of our dreams wasn't hiding somewhere in the aisles of a store we hadn't checked out yet.
We ended up finally walking out of Best Buy with this sexy little thing:
Ok, we didn't exactly walk out of Best Buy and throw this thing in the back of the Civic, but we did pay and set a delivery date for March 5. We were really torn between this fridge and the next size up, which was about $300 more expensive but still within our budget of $1300. The bigger fridge had some cool features like an interior water dispenser and a special spot for frozen pizzas (that was all Sean), but ultimately we thought it might be a little too big for the kitchen. We plan on doing a full remodel at some point down the road, but since we don't know when "some point down the road" will actually happen, we don't want to be dealing with a too-big fridge in the meantime.
While this fridge is a little on the small side at 19.8 cubic feet, there's only two non-kibble eating individuals in this household so we really weren't sure that much we needed tons of space. Plus, smaller fridge means cheaper on the electric bill, and the Energy Star tag on this model claims that it only costs $47 a year to run which seems awesome.
Overall we're happy with our pick, and best of all we came in way under-budget. We had budgeted to spend $1300 on a fridge, and this one was on sale for $974.99, which was $1059.08 after tax. However, we came prepared with saved up Best Buy gift cards and RewardZone coupons, so we only ended up charging a grand total of $784.08 to the credit card -- over $500 under budget! Not bad, right? I'm still wondering if we should have gone a size up for about $1100, but I'm just indecisive.
In any event, it'll be much better that what we're currently working with in our apartment (yes, those are faux wood handles):
We've picked out a washer/dryer set from Sears, but we want to go over to the new house and measure the laundry room before we order. We tried to stop by earlier but the beautiful termite tent was still up. It's supposed to be down today so we might swing by later to take some measurements.
That's it for now - I need to go grocery shopping and move some furniture around in the bedroom so we can start sleeping in there again. We've been painting the apartment back to white to avoid charges to our security deposit, so we've been sleeping on the couch for a week as the bedroom (slowly) gets painted. Fun times - and sure to get even more fun as the moving process continues!