::whispers:: I think we may have found a house. It's in our price range (barely), is big, has a big back yard, has some room to put our own stamp on it and make it our own.
Guys, we've looked at 71 houses. 71. We looked at big houses, small houses, overpriced houses, houses with gorgeous kitchens to die for just to have the back yard be right next to the Jersey Turnpike. Houses with huge bedrooms and old roofs. Houses with one bedroom on the main floor and 2 bedrooms in the basement. Houses with jacuzzi tubs and disgusting neighbors.
We've seen some houses. Even liked a few enough to try to buy them which was one big fail, and then the other. But this time just might be it.
We had a crazy two days of back and forth negotiations until we eventually dug in our heels and said they either take our best offer or leave it and they took it. Then there was a ton of back and forths with the Attorney Review and a home inspection. The big issues with the home inspection were the furnace (old and turned backwards) and the doors that they were installing when we saw the house were now not being put on.
So we played a little ball. We asked for a 5K credit and the doors. They came back at a 3K credit and the doors and we said no. They slept on it and eventually agreed. So it looks like we're well on our way to closing around the middle of October.
The house needs a little TLC and a bunch of new paint and light fixtures and homey touches, but it's a great house with a ton of space for our family to grow. It's a bit more than we wanted to spend, but it's in such a great town.
Wanna see some pics?
This is the front of the house. It's not a great pic, but it's a corner lot ranch with a small covered front porch where I'm envisioning a brown wicker bench and a small table where I can sip coffee in the rain.
This is the basement bar. Eventually down the line we'd like to update the counter and possibly extend it a bit.
This is the screened in back porch and I'm in love with this room. It has ceramic tile and a ceiling fan. I can see that Andy, Isabella and I will be enjoying many meals in this room. We used our deck all the time, and now that we have a room that is screened in, we'll be sure to use it even more. I can see us sipping wine and listening to The Killers after the baby has gone to bed.