I can’t believe we have been in our house for 6 months. It seems so surreal. I knew that we would get a house here, but I thought it would be after the season. I’m glad that we got the house when we did because prices are going up. The weekend that we went looking was the perfect time because it gave us just enough time before the season.
There are a few things that I would have changed but overall I was pretty happy with the home buying process. Next time I will ask more questions and be more involved until I understand. I let a lot of things go because I trusted the people.
We closed on the house at the end of January. The whole month of January I was ready to move in if I’m being honest. We could have closed sooner because everything was done fairly quickly. At closing we had both cars filled and ready to move in. We moved everything in the next day. We decided to get help moving our stuff from the apartment to our house. I am so glad that I pushed for this because it worked out so well. The guys got it done quicker than I thought they would. Once we got everything in the house it took a while to figure out where we wanted everything to go. We also quickly realized that we needed to get more storage and organizational stuff.
February was a month of home improvement. We knew that we needed to fix somethings that the previous owners didn’t want to fix. When we purchased the house we knew that we would want to change the bathroom. We started small by changing stuff in the bathroom like the shower and light fixtures. February was our first taste of home ownership because the heat went out in the house. We had to call someone and they came out to fix it. I am so glad that he came out because he has become someone Gary and I trust to ask questions. He was also the same guy who came out when the AC went out a few months later. We also had to replace the washing machine. I wish we didn’t have to spend the money for it but I am glad that we got something we both liked.
We did a lot of yard work, and by we I really mean Gary. He killed it on getting the backyard looking amazing. There were some things we didn’t like and didn’t know we could ask for them to be gone until it was too late. But I doubt that they would have repaired because I think they were done with the house. There were some broken and dead flower boxes in the back yard. Our goal for the yardscape was to get rid of everything to see what we have then add what we want. Our backyard looks so different but I can’t to see what it looks like when it’s finsihed.
This month we did a lot of work on the outside of the house. We have a firepit in the backyard, and the previous owners left us with a lot of wood to burn. If it was nice outside we were probably outside burning wood and drinking beer. Gary finally got to purchase a lawn mower. I personally think he mows too much, but it makes him happy.
The guest bedroom got finished. We had a lot of family coming this summer. So we got a bed, new sheets, put a quilt my mom made, and working on getting a night stand. We are slowing figuring out what pictures or things we want to hang up around the house. I haven’t put anything up for so long that it’s just natural for me not to have pictures.
This was probably the worst month in homeownership. Our AC went out during the hottest week. On top of that we had family coming in town that weekend and having a dog sitter come for Heisman while we went to Milwaukee. I really wish we would have gotten the home warranty when we purchased the house, but our realtor said we didn’t need to.
The season is in full swing, so we didn’t really much around the house. I mostly worked in my office, and trying to get the setup that I wanted to be the most productive. This month I was trying to get the house more efficient in organization.
We have been talking about how we want the house to look both inside and outside. One of the things that I wanted to get rid of was all the plants/weeds in the front yard. One weekend we went out and bagged everything. We still need to get rid of the 2 small trees, but that will a project for another day. Other than that I don’t think we did too much. There were a lot of events at the ballpark, and I worked a lot of overtime at work.
We are moving things around the house. During July 4th weekend, we moved the bed from the spare bedroom down to my office to muffle the sound of fireworks. Usually fireworks don’t bother Heisman, but this year he was stressed out. So we lived downstairs for about a week. During that time, we realized that this space would make a great spare bedroom, and I would move my office upstairs. We also moved the master room to the where the spare room. So recap, old master room is now my office. Old spare room is the master bedroom. Old office is new the spare bedroom.
Gary also surprised me with getting a patio set. it was the EXACT one we had in California that we loved so much. We have grilled and dinner so much outside. It has been so much fun minus the mosquitoes.