Monday, September 30, 2013

Our crazy home buying/building timeline

Ready? Set. Go!
  • April 29, 2013 - I got a RedFin account and started browsing for homes nonchalantly. (Jake has had one for years because he likes real estate porn.)
  • May through June - We saw about a dozen homes. The search started to become discouraging, so we took a step back. 
  • July 9 - A new listing popped up on RedFin, without reading the full listing, we scheduled a showing for the following morning. In my defense, the listing had photos of a similarly finished home. I mistook these to mean that the house was finished.
  • July 10 - First showing of our house to be. At the time frame was up, siding on, windows in, roof on, but no doors. 
Photo taken a couple of weeks after being under contract.
  • July 12 - We put in an offer (and our list of customizations).
  • July 13 - Seller countered.
  • July 14 - We countered.
  • July 15 - Seller countered.
  • July 17 - Meet with builder and discuss list of customizations. We countered. And redesign of the kitchen begins.
  • July 18 - Seller countered, we accept. Crazy paperwork and monies are exchanged.
  • July 24-28 - FIASCO with our check (not our fault), while it all got cleared up in the end, it did make for a very stressful couple of days.
  • July 31 - Kitchen redesign finalized. At this point, I thought designing a kitchen in a matter of days was the most stressful thing ever. I had so much more to learn...
  • August 2 - Finalize kitchen cabinet colors while 3,000 miles away! I freaked out and until I found a retailer that carried my cabinets in PDX. They were really nice and helpful and was able to show me color swatches so that I could stop second guessing myself. (Thank you Ferguson!) In the end, I went with my gut and it was the right choice.
  • August 5 - Finalized bathroom vanity colors. So much easier to do when you are in the same state as your cabinet guy!
  • August 18 - Visited 2 granite wharehouses with samples of my cabinets in tow. Tip: ALWAYS bring samples and your camera. You won't remember what it looks like after you leave!
Cabinets and granite.
  • August 27 - Finalized tile choices for kitchen backsplash, bathroom floors, master bath shower, and mudroom. (We gots a mudroom!!! This was a complete surprise to us.)
  • August 29 - Met with The Paint Whisperer for paint color consultation. (It was the best $50 I have ever spent. I was a little wary of the colors, but I'm glad I trusted him.) 
  • August 29 - Finalized the countertops.
  • August 31 - Bought some wood (chair rail) and some stain to decide on our floor stain.
  • September 12 - The search for kitchen hardware begins.
  • September 13 - Finally decided on the range and dishwasher and gave the OK for the builder to purchase them. Lordy, I went over budget on those items.
  • September 17 - Had to switch floor stains because the floor installer and painter informed me that Varathane was not a good brand. Luckily, the replacement they recommended was the other color I had chosen to test out. Too bad that it was so long ago that I didn't remember so I freaked out and ran to Home Depot to run a second test. At the end of the day, our floors look AMAZING!!
  • September 25 - Finalize cabinet hardware. Apparently our builder never got the email that I sent to him weeks before, so we are settling. It doesn't look bad, but it's not my favorite.
  • September 27 - Freaked the eff out because our lender had the wrong date for closing. We were able to file for an extension, but the scheduling is a little tight. 
  • September 27 - Frantic text messaging between the builder and I regarding the missing microwave and how he needed the dimensions so that the tiler could do the backsplash. UGH! So I left work early, bought the microwave I had been eyeing and dropped it off at the house. 
  • September 27 - Met with our broker for a walk through, but there was so much going on with the house that it really wasn't ideal.
They're scrambling for the finish line. Sneak peak of our kitchen.

It's been a crazy couple of months. I can't wait to be done with this part of the process. Of course, once the house is finally ours, we still have a lot of work to do on it, like ordering the last of our appliances, putting in closet rods and window treatments. They say home improvements never end, even with a brand new house.

Friday, September 20, 2013

More things

Still trying to get rid of items. I should just make these first two items FREE, but let's see if I can get anything for them first. 

Bookshelf from my college days. SOLD!

Glass-top end tables from my college days. I inherited these from a roommate and never got rid of them!

Practically brand new dishes Jake purchased before we moved in together.
Click on photo for listing.