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Many of you know of how our situation is. We rent a small house (maybe 800 sqft) but most of it is kitchen and bedroom. This doesn't leave much room for other space, especially when the front door leads into the kitchen (can't store anything there). It was perfect when it was just Tim...but now there is Elliott and I.
Then we got the dog and all hell broke loose! And now the dog is gone since I put my foot down (relief!). Our house is still so cluttered. We don't have anywhere to put stuff, like the vacuum, extra books, cook books, extra glass set, candles, etc. They just end up stacked on flat surfaces. It's so hard to make this place look presentable so we never have anyone over. We started house hunting, but most decent habitable houses start at 150,000 here and we were only approved for 110,000. Most houses in that range are:
Tear downs, profit in land
Fixer uppers-with rolling floors, hanging ceilings, leaking roofs, standing water
600sqft poorly laid out bad neighborhoods. or
400sqft nice cabins.
This has made house hunting hard. Luckily Tim has worked construction and now for a plumbing company and can literally fix and do anything that a house needs done. But most of those houses require fixes we could not pay for.
We have made a few offers but we were always beat by 20,000 or the house went into foreclosure. Until recently.
We put an offer on a house that the bank accepted! Granted, the next door neighbor is a really messy hoarder-like broken lawn chairs and bikes in the front yard and overgrown. But still. It is even a 3 bedroom with a rec room and storage closet! I think finally we can have people over and we won't be cramped into a tiny space! The kitchen is tiny but we can convert the dining area into the kitchen as well. Tim plans on eventually adding on to the house by about 6ft in the back so we will have a bigger master bedroom and he can build a bath in there too.
Granted, we haven't signed papers for it yet but I don't see how it can go wrong since it is bank owned, so they can't really pull out of the deal. But I am a first time home buyer. The best part? We are about a 35 minute drive from all of his family and 2 1/2 hours from mine. The house would bring us to 10-20 minutes of all his family and 2 hours for mine. And it is right by Safeway rather than our house now which is on an island with expensive stores. I really hope we get it. I hate the neighbors already and know there will be drama there but having more room, Elliott get's his own big room (we split ours in half so he has a room big enough for a crib, dresser and changing table and that is it) and we could have people over.
Please keep your fingers crossed. We plan on fixing the place up and hopefully making a profit off of it given it needs updating. I will keep you guys updated on it.
How exciting. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sale goes smoothly for you guys and that it all works out. I totally know what you mean about being cramped. We had to move into my parents little country home with 4 other people and us, mason and all of our stuff we need is crammed into one little room and some of his stuff is overflowing the living room downstairs. Its frustrating. I am so happy things are looking up for you guys and you should have much more space and a place to have people over :-)
Annnnnnd my df pulled the offer. He didn't like how the house looked like it was settling and some other things. Plus, I guess there is high crime a few blocks away. I don't blame him for pulling the offer, but I did tell him I am done looking at houses for now. He can, and he can put offers down but I need a break. I trust his judgement completely, I am just tired of disappointment.
I would rather stay where we are and save up some money and wait until one of us can work more so that we are in a high range of prices so we have more options. He finally agreed to that last night, so I feel a little relieved. I am still bummed that we are in a small place and can't have people over, but at least there is an up side so that we can save money.
To top it off, someone in London stole my debit card number. They stole about $400 out of my bank account. I was in line buying my treadmill at Big 5 to replace the one we originally bought that was broken (PIA situation) and it was embarrassing to have my card declined when I knew I had hundreds of dollars over the price I was getting it for! I checked my account in the car (after using my credit card to buy it) and saw the transactions from London. Of course this happens on a Saturday night, so now I have to wait until Monday to get a resolution!