Posted: May 04, 2007 in House & Garden
A few months ago, Jessica and I decided to check the housing market. Our commute to work from our current home has been getting pretty bad, so we decided that we either needed an improved commute, or if we were stuck with this crappy commute, we were at least going to have a nice house. After looking at things closer in, and what we could afford, we quickly ruled out the better commute and started looking at single-family detached homes out in our cycling area.
After a few weeks of looking at homes, we found one that we both really liked - a 4-bedroom colonial with a 2-car garage, screened-in deck, overlooking a park w/ pond. Really nice place. After a bit of discussion with out Realtor, we decided to make an offer, and after a counter-offer and more discussion, it was ours. Then we were tasked with selling our current home. After some fresh paint, new floor tiles, new interior doors, and new carpet in the basement, we put it on the market. There were/are a lot of homes in our area for sale, so we were a little worried about selling it, but after just 6 days on the market, we had an offer - a testament to the hard work of out Realtor.
So, at the end of the month, we'll be moving. I have lots of plans for the new place, especially the garage. An air compressor, and possibly a lift, not to mention a workshop for the bikes. It's going to be lots of fun, and it'll be nice being able to just ride out the front door, rather than loading up the car every weekend. It'll also be nice to be able to entertain a group of guests and not have them packed in on couches and in sleeping bags.
I think the biggest challenge for me will be the landscaping. I'm no landscaper, and there are a few places that need some attention. Learning is half the fun, I suppose, as long as I don't make too much of a mess out of the yard.
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