So we finally have some progress on the quest to buy a new house. It looks like the stars are finally aligning and the bank that holds the loan on this short sale has approved the sale of the house. The crazy thing is that they were adamant that they get an additional $2,000.00 before approving the sale. What crazy calculation they used to some up with that they needed that much more to approve the sale is beyond me. It really makes no sense. But I am not going to complain too much because I am that much closer to being in the right school district for my kids, having a big 1.5 acre yard for them to play in and being able to have a place to call our own again.
That being said, I am now on to what I need to actually maintain this house and fix up what is needed before I move in. One of the first things I am going to need is to buy a riding lawn mower since I currently have a very small yard and am going to a very big yard. Right now I am leaning towards a cub cadet XT1 with a 46 inch deck. It is a Consumer Reports best buy and rated just 1 point lower than the top rated John Deere that costs $3,200.00 (more than 2x the cost of the Cub Cadet). I must say that I am looking forward to getting one of these as I remember growing up as a kid using tractors to mow the lawn and at my family farm. Even though this is no where near as big as what I was driving as a kid I can’t wait to teach my daughters how to drive one.
I also have some other fun projects that need to be taken care of right away. I need to put up some new lights, replace some outlets, put in some smart light switches, replace some breakers, etc. All things that sound mundane to most people but to me sound like a great part about owning my own home again. I still own a home in another state but circumstances years ago meant that we needed to move away from there and now it is just a rental property that I hope to sell within the next two years. I have missed having a home that I can make my own since we moved away from that house and this now brings us back full circle.
I can’t wait to get started on this new chapter for me and my family!