So there we were in our 2bd/1bth townhouse apartment in Provo that we really liked, going along our merry way, but then one day little Bobo was not so little anymore, and we realized the shared nursery/office space situation wasn't going to work out indefinitely. It was getting harder and harder to schedule naptime/worktime, and besides that we knew that before TOO long we would have another little one on the way (and also our landlords rather frown on people having more than one child while living in those apartments). Also, our contract was about to be up. So, we started our long and in-depth process of househunting.
I'll spare you the gory and tedious details, but in the end we talked to two real estate agents and two loan officers (one of whom worked at a bank, and one of whom was an actual loan officer and also a relative) and looked at over a dozen houses over a month or two, narrowed it down to a couple of frontrunners, and then decided on what features were most important to us, what we could expect considering our budget/desired mortgage (and learned the difference between settling and compromising), and finally, some three to four months later, and just in time for our fifth anniversary, decided on this place:
Jared was really great to work with and managed a great deal. The poor house was on the market for almost a year without a buyer, and after dealing with the seller and even our very first experience with its curb appeal it's not too hard to figure out why, but it's also amazing what a nice mow, a thorough weeding, and a fresh coat of paint in some key spots can do for the overall look of the place (and it makes you wonder why they didn't do that in the first place if they really wanted to sell...). I guess it's because this house was waiting for US to come along and give it some love and attention, which we knew was all it needed. It's so nice to have a place that's actually ours, and although homeownership comes with some (pretty expected) big differences compared to renting, we're up to the challenge. Of course it's been an adjustment in some ways, but we thought, we're done with school, we have a little guy, we're ready to move on in this next big step.
|This wasn't our truck, it was our neighbors', but it's always fun to be surprised by my mom and sisters smiling back at you on the back of a U-Haul.|
We took care of a few things after signing and before moving in, including getting a few appliances and even painting The Boy's room before putting everything in it. Then we rented a U-Haul for the first time ever (since we were moving farther than a mile west, which is what we've done for the last three moves), which I had fun driving, and thanks to some family and neighbors, and NEW neighbors, we were able to get out of our apartment and into our house in just a matter of two hours or so, which was awesome. It took a little while longer to get unpacked and finish up with all our boxes, but it was great to get most of it done so quickly. Moving in general is such a huge pain, and really ever since we moved into our last place I've been dreading it, but it was nice to have help and to just get it behind us and check off the big things, and then it didn't take too long to feel like we've lived here for a nice long while and for it to feel like home.
|Yes, well... this was SOME of our stuff. Oy, moving.|
|Such a good little helper.|
|Seriously, how often do I get to drive a truck this big?|
|I've been learning a lot about homeownership already, like what to do about a clogged toilet (answer: don't throw a Sharpie down there in the first place, whoever lived here before and did that). Thanks for all your help, Handy Matt!|
|We thought we might get a trampoline next summer sometime, but then Matt said he had one just laying around waiting to be put back together, and asked if we wanted it. Yes, inDEED!|
|Nursery no more.|
|Our housewarming party approximately two months after moving in was the impetus that finally persuaded me to put up our art wall.|
|I think Julie's talking to Melody at the bottom of the stairs.|
|So many delicious autumnal snacks and cheeses (sans cheese!). Nice work, Wife. Also, lawl, The Boy back there.|
|Mom and Dad reading Roller Coaster (a very favorite around here) to the little boys. Thanks for the pictures, Matt! I didn't take a single one.|
Anyway, that's about it! We were so close to becoming TV stars, and we had some kerfuffles with landlords/sellers, and we're slowly working through our little project list, but the end result is that we' like our house. Not long after we moved in The Wife's (almost) entire family were in town, and although it was tight, we all fit for a couple of nights, which wouldn't even have been possible at all in our last place. Then, some two months after moving in, we finally had our housewarming party, and it was so fun to have a lot of guests, and to have a place to fit them all, and to have a great backyard where we could send the kids to play on the swingset and the rock wall and the trampoline (thanks, Matt!), just like I always pictured. As I've said before, I hope we really love it here, because we are NEVER moving again! (At least not for like ten years, ha.)
Written 3 November 2014.