Saturday, April 02, 2011

We own a house!

We are the owners of a new home! We closed on Monday. I'm really excited to have a place waiting for me when we get there--none of this searching for a home once we get there like we did when we moved to Ohio.

The house we bought is the one I posted in Feb. At the time I was really discouraged. The entire trip was discouraging and stressful. We saw a billion houses (ok, just 17) and went back and forth between three houses.

I think I already wrote about it but the first house we loved. It had some really fun features and we felt really comfortable in the house when we walked into it. The backyard was the most fantastic thing ever. It was huge and had a great big tree for Mike to build a tree house. It had a hot tub and a fantastic covered porch with rocking chairs and a really great place for a garden. Plus, there was no house behind us--just open field so it was so peaceful. Even just writing about it makes me sad not to be living there. But, this house didn't have room to grow. The basement wasn't huge and the laundry room was located in the basement.

The second house was a new build and it was beautiful and we were super excited to get to choose the features we wanted in our house. But this house was next to a medicinal marijuana shop and an industrial shop. The resale value was a problem.

The third house was awesome. It was the perfect layout, big backyard, three car garage, plenty of storage, etc. Pretty much we could just move in and not have to change anything but finish the basement if we wanted to. But this house was 40 minutes from Mike's work.

So we chose another house. The reason I was so discouraged about buying this house is because there were these other three houses that I just loved. And, this fourth house is the exact house we had seen 40 minutes from Mike's work only not updated. So, when I compared the houses to each other, it was pretty depressing. But, this house is the practical choice for our family. We realized that all the other houses had things we couldn't change and the things we don't like about this house can be changed. It has plenty of space, a fine backyard, good schools, much closer to Mike's work, and is an overall good house. There is nothing about this house that is bad. But, it's also pretty boring and I wasn't excited to dump money into this house to make it more interesting.

ow, I feel good about our choice and know it is the right place for us to live. Mike is excited to get to work changing things. He's got lots of books from the library on doors and windows, flooring, plumbing, electrical, and gardening. I'm excited to paint the house and have more space for the boys to play. After seeing the house 40 minutes away, I know this house has so much potential and hopefully we can save enough money to realize the potential.

To give you an idea of what our house could look like I've included two rooms to compare to the same house 40 minutes away:


Michelle said...

I'm so glad that it worked out to buy a house. It's great that part of your life is passed so you don't have that worry anymore. The house looks great to me and I'm sure you'll end up loving updating it when the time comes. I hope we get to visit you sometime in Colorado.

Mike and Adrianne said...

Michelle, we would LOVE for you to visit us in Colorado. It is such a relief not to have buying a house hanging over our heads anymore.

The Duke said...

Congratulations on a closed deal! What a huge relief for you guys. I hope you all will find great joy and great friends in this new location, new ward and new school.
I'm looking forward to seeing it sometime this summer.

chelsey said...

I'll have to convince Brent to let me fly out and help you get settled. Even a nice coat of fresh paint will make you feel more at home in this place. It's a nice home that you'll love making your own. Congrats on the closing!

Alyssa said...

Nice. Have fun in your new house!

politicchic6 said...

Congrats! Alan is from Colorado so we try to get there a couple times a year. Maybe we can schedule a visit.

JC Choate said...

Oooh fuN!! house rennovations!!!!
Congrats on the one less stress and new house. :)