1st Time Homeowners

Home Sweet Home! We are standing in our future garden spot.
Home Sweet Home! We are standing on our future garden spot.

We’ll close on our first house next week. We’re full of excitement and stress, of course, as we enter the world of home ownership. Having lived in a rental homes for years and taking extremely good care of them we know it takes a lot to maintain a home. It’s just now we can’t call up our awesome landlords when something breaks.

We close July 12 and begin work on the house before officially moving in at the end of the month. Oh the work we get to do. First, this home is structurally solid and has an excellent layout/location for our family. That was key to get within our price range. It’s a four bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2,400 sq ft home. The 1950s house is a one owner home which is extremely rare. We took this to mean it was well cared for but not updated. We’ll get to spend a lot of time updating the house. Our list includes refinishing wood floors, painting, replace deck (next summer), ground wiring, new appliances, insulate attic, update plumbing, and a few more. We’ll have plenty of weekend projects that we look forward to tackling.

Our official house search started five months ago. We knew we would be in the Seattle area for a long time and we had enough funds available to get in the game. Unfortunately for us the market had just turned from a buyers to sellers market. As the months went by our supply dwindled as home prices rose but not our budget. We toured a lot of houses, made offers on 5 houses, had an offer accepted on a short sale fall through a month later, and played the game of competing against 5-10 other offers on each home. It was intense. But in the end, before interest rates rose above 5% and the housing supply grew even smaller in our price range, we prevailed with a great home!

We look forward to your visit!

If you need an awesome realtor in the Seattle area, then look no further than Amy at Rhino Roz Realty. She went the extra mile to find the home that was meant for us.

Family Room. Carpet is being pulled and wood floors underneath refinished by us.
Family Room. Carpet is being pulled and wood floors underneath refinished by us. We’re thinking a nice light brown on the walls and hallway to match the wood floors.
Family and Dining Room. Good-bye carpet.
Family and Dining Room. Good-bye carpet.
While the refrigerator is awesome, it's going to be replaced.
While the refrigerator is awesome, it’s going to be replaced. Wallpaper will come off.
Kitchen. We'll paint the cabinets and add new hardware.
Kitchen. We’ll paint the cabinets and add new hardware.
Room. We'll refinish the hardwood floor.
Room. We’ll refinish the hardwood floor.

 

Kitchen doors to the deck
Kitchen doors to the deck. The deck will be replaced next summer.
Deck
Deck
Basement. This will be an office/play room. We'll lay down wood floors and eventually put in recess lighting.
Basement. This will be an office/play room. We’ll lay down wood floors and eventually put in recessed lighting. We’ll use a nice light green to paint the wood paneling.Lots of great potential.
Basement storage
Basement storage. Also, the 4th bedroom is here which will become a music room for the family band. We love this.
Side of house. Climbing wall anyone?
Side of house. Ivy is already gone above the garage. A lot of the vegetation will be cut. Climbing wall anyone?

 

 

4 Replies to “1st Time Homeowners”

  1. Retro is in! What a well loved home, whoever owned it should be happy and proud that you all bought their home. Now the legacy can continue. LOVE the red fridge, leave it alone! 🙂 Seriously, it is a beautiful home, loved the setting with all the lawn and trees! You guys are going to grown old and in love more and more here! Blessings to your family in your new home! -Beth

    1. Thanks Beth! Yes retro is in, but we’re aiming for updating it. It should be a fun home for years to come.

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