New House Update – Contracts and Power Equipment

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.

CC_XT1That 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!

Finally Back At It – New Home Time

It has been a long time but I am finally coming back to the blog. There has been so much going on lately that has taken up my time. New product launches at work, the holidays, purchasing a new home and many other more minor distractions to keep me from writing.

For this post I will focus on the new home as it is the biggest thing going on personally right now. It is a great location, on a cul-de-sac with 1.5 acres of land and in a great school district. The challenge is that it is a short sale so this could take a long time to progress through the sale if it does at all. Being optimistic and thinking that it will go through, we have begun the process of going through the whole mortgage process and planning out what it is going to take to move in. In addition to the other benefits, this house has natural gas hear, a Verizon FiOS hookup and central air which are big deals where we live. If you add all these things together it made the home too good to pass up.

Of course there is the fact that there is also a lot of cosmetic work to be done if we do get the house so that will be interesting. We need to redo the half bath, rip out the old hot tub, re-carpet at least one of the rooms and do a bunch of painting. I am fairly handy but I have not done a whole lot with some of this type of work so it will be a learning experience. I also am looking into needing to repair a bunch of the kitchen cabinets so that should be interesting. I have never had to deal with that type of woodwork before but I think I can manage it.

So anyways, off to the next big adventure. It sure never gets dull being a dad.