Tuesday, March 24, 2009

the big leap

It's official: Brad and I are proud home owners! With a swipe of a pen, (or more like 40 swipes), we went from no debt to BIG debt in all of about 30 minutes this morning. How frightening that four years of savings can diminish so quickly! And part of me feels like we're just getting started. But I think that any big life or financial decision is always, at least in some small part, a leap of faith. Well, we leaped! And we are greatly anticipating the joys and challenges of home ownership.

The sellers are renting back from us for five days, so the fun will really begin next Monday morning when we walk through the house one last time with our Realtor and start preparing to paint and then move. We have a slew of appointments lined up for next Monday: locksmith, floor specialist, and potentially a mason for something that I don't understand that needs to be fixed on the chimney. We plan to donate a few pieces of furniture to SOME, and they are collecting their goods from our apartment next Monday afternoon.

We plan to have the second-floor carpet in the new house ripped out and the original hardwood floors refinished. This job should begin next Tuesday morning and conclude on Thursday. Brad and I are taking the day off next Thursday to begin painting. The house will be cleaned over the weekend, and then we hope to move a few light items after we run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on April 5th. The movers will transport our furniture and heavy boxes to the new house on Monday, April 6th. Our new dining and bedroom furniture will be delivered on Wednesday, April 8th.

Our first overnight visitors will arrive on Friday, April 17th. Before we knew about the house, Brad's parents planned to visit us over Easter, but they agreed to delay their visit for one week, as Easter falls only six days after we officially move and I expect that the house will still be a wreck by then. At least my in-laws' visit provides us a deadline to get our belongings in some kind of order quickly.

Now you know what I'll be up to over the next few weeks. Don't worry: I'll be sure to keep you updated with stories of our painting and moving mishaps.


KtownP said...

So incredibly excited for you guys!! Can't wait to see the new place :)

Organized Living by Amy said...

Congrats! We want to visit too!

Smiling Mama said...

Woo hoo!!! Congrats and GOOD LUCK!

kerryandtorey said...

we are so excited for you both! congrats again!!!!