*I wrote this 6 months ago but never posted it for some reason? Post with completion pictures to follow…
We began looking for a house in September 2010 but weren’t having luck. In May 2011, I found a post on Craigslist about a house being renovated down the street. It sounded promising, so we checked it out. Although it was gutted, it seemed like it had more potential than anything else we had seen, so we went under contract. As the months passed, nothing happened. Our closing date (originally July 2011) got pushed back a few times as nothing and nothing and nothing happened. We were buying it from a lady who was flipping it, and everything basically fell apart for her. We felt very sad for her in the process, but a lot of the problems were because she hired a less-than-honest and non-licensed contractor to do the job (we didn’t know this until after). It got to the point that she couldn’t complete the project, so we bought it from her as-is. We didn’t get a steal because of her loan situation, but it still seemed like a good option. We finally closed in November 2011.
We then hired our own contractors to begin/complete the project, and we were we glad we did! They said the work the previous guy had done was the worst work they had ever seen, and it all had to be ripped down. Overall, the project turned into a bit of a nightmare for most everyone involved, mainly because of an improper bid and some misunderstandings. Regardless of all of that, we moved in March 2012, 10 months after going under contract. What a year! The house has some issues of course, but overall we are happy to be here and have had a great first year.
Here are some pictures of the renovation, starting with what it looked like when we went under contract.
Due to our blog-slacking, we have not informed the internets of two big items in our life…
1. Trip to South America – After four years of saving money and miles, we finally got enough frequent flyer miles to go to Patagonia! We’re heading to Chile and Peru, so come next week, we’ll be in the South American summer. We are super excited!
2. House – It’s a long sordid tale, but after many many months, we finally closed on our crazy house. We bought it gutted, so it’s a ways from being inhabitable. One day we’ll move though, and we’ll have to post some pictures.
Everything went smoothly with moving in…well almost. Our box springs wouldn’t fit up the stairway, so we had to buy a “split” box springs (thank you big lots). Everything is good now though! After we had been here a couple of days, my mom came out to help me (ok, she did all the work) modify our curtains for this house. Tenopardgyse . She made us wonderful curtains for our last house, and thankfully they work here, after all of her hard work! I’ll post house pics soon.
We only did one “fun” thing while Mom was here, in part because of curtains, but also because we had record-setting cold temperatures. Here are a few pictures from our hike to St Mary’s Glacier.
We had a big surprise on Sunday – a huge going away party from our church friends and family! Courtney told us we were having a ‘youth worker’ lunch, but little did we know that she and Carla were instead planning a big potluck for us. Here’s the picture from when we walked in.
Our youth worker picture with the Santiagos was blurry, but here’s one with the original 6 (and Carla all cute and pregnant!). We’ll miss working with the youth, but they are of course in good hands with Joseph and Courtney.
And finally, here are a couple of pictures of all of our sweet friends and family who came to wish us well. We’re going to miss everyone!
And so it is…we’ve been moved out for a week. Packing was more stressful than I imagined, but we got it done (amidst frustration at how much stuff we apparently have). Tenopardgyse It’s sad to say goodbye to our house after all the work we (and my parents) have put into it, but the time was right. Here are a few pictures of the process.
Joel getting started with the boxes
The majority of the boxes
The house is definitely sold, and there’s the moving truck!
Our sad, empty house.
We’ve had a lovely, relaxing week so far at my parents’ house, and we hit the road on Saturday!