Well, we are home owners now!

We got the call from our lawyer yesterday around noon that everything had gone through, the deal was closed, and we could pick up the keys. So, we left work early, grabbed the keys, and went straight over to the house…and proceeded to get completely overwhelmed.

We walked through the backyard (so much work needed!) and every room (look at that crack! the toilet is wobbly! this room has to be painted too!), and felt like running out the door! We went to Subway, grabbed lunch, and went back to the safety of our apartment.

But, after I had a much needed nap, and DH packed some stuff into the car, we headed back. We set up lawn chairs in the living room and ordered Indian food. We ate our first meal in our new house, and were finally able to relax. We are feeling much better about things, and have to keep reminding ourselves to take it one step at a time – one project at a time – and that the house will become a home in no time.

Fig. 1: Mmmm….chicken korma!

Comments on: "YAY!" (9)

  1. Congratulations!! So exciting. And now I want some Indian food!

    Enjoy making it your own!


  2. Congratulations again!

    As you settle in, that sense of urgency will go away. It can be overwhelming at first but the great thing about having your own house is that it's all yours! You can do what you want, when you want. Take it one project at a time and eventually, it'll all get done. Just enjoy the ride πŸ™‚


  3. Congratulations!

    One thing at a time… and remember, the toilet might be wobbly, but it's your toilet!. Ever owned one before? Well, now you do…

    (ours came with a hideous home-made padded seat, with rusty staples haphazardly applied to the underside, and a nasty nasty smell. That was literally the first thing we changed…)

    Oh, not to be paranoid or anything, but consider changing the locks. The people we bought our house from had teenage daughters, and our realtor suggested changing the locks just in case they'd given a copy of their key to a friend or a boyfriend or…


  4. Thanks everyone!

    Cath – yup! We are getting our locks changed on Friday. We figure since we only got one set of keys, that there are probably more out there and that's not cool.


  5. Congrats!!! The first meal on the floor of the empty house is such a great memory πŸ™‚


  6. Oh dear, I know that first “oh my god, what have we done??” feeling, sounds like we had similar reactions to our respective houses! But as others have said, you own it, so you can do whatever you want to it, and whenever you want! The ugly paint and wobbly toilet can stay up for 20 years if you want, and it's totally up to you! (assuming your DH doesn't use the bathroom as a kennel for the dog, resulting in her breaking the toilet….) So glad you're finally in your new home though!!


  7. Congratulations, Alyssa!! Don't worry about the paint and stuff; it's just cosmetic. Wobbly toilets though, are a different story. Check that the bolts are tight enough, otherwise it makes it tough if you get up in the middle of the night!

    Our house came with no water; using the toilet for the first time was super exciting!


  8. Congratulations!
    It will all work out fine …Especially once you have your things over there and it will start feeling like home.
    Can't see much from the picture, but I love the wooden floor! At least you don;t have to put one in anymore πŸ™‚


  9. Yeah!! How exciting! I know it can be overwhelming, but take it one day at a time.


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