Our First Weekend As Homeowners

June 1, 2011 at 11:33 am | Posted in Around Boston, Home Ownership | 6 Comments
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Adventures in home ownership... weekend #1

Well, dear reader(s), I’m happy to report that, as of last Wednesday, Andrew and I are officially first time home owners!  And like most things, we didn’t do it alone: our families have been there for us every step of the way, from encouraging us to take this purchasing leap to counseling us about mortgages and loans, from house-hunting to cheerleading, our dads (RWFOTB and Charlie) and moms (Lisa and Kathy), not to mention siblings (holla Elizabeth – the most tenacious wallpaper remover in the world!), helped make this post… errrr… I mean, this grown-up step possible.

As I mentioned in my last home-buying post, I think buying a house (especially a “fixer-upper”) is more stressful and more work than getting hitched (and we all know how cuckoo that process is for some people).  There’s not an emotion out there that we haven’t experienced since we signed 30 years of our monies away.

We felt excitement, fear, joy, frustration, elation – and most of all, we were overwhelmed.

When we literally scraped the most ridiculous wallpaper for two and a half days/nights, we were overwhelmed (and boy, does this house have a LOT of wallpaper… hello 1970s!).

When we realized we spent more time in Home Depot (aka our second home) in one weekend than many of their staff has all week, we were overwhelmed.

When Big Charlie and I had to push down a wall together because it was too darn solid to do alone, we were overwhelmed.

And when we think about all the money we… never mind, it’s too overwhelming to think about.

We are overwhelmed by everything we accomplished this weekend – knocking down closets and rebuilding them elsewhere, designing our new kitchen and bathroom, pulling down walls, ridding the house of wallpaper, ripping up carpets and padding and staples, power-washing the house, gardening and cutting down trees, etc. etc. etc. – and everything left to accomplish.

And when we think about how much support and encouragement and love and kindness – not to mention MANUAL LABOR (I’m looking at you, Big Charlie! We adore Costanzo Tile & Marble) – we received from our families, we are overwhelmed with gratitude.

Thank you, family, for everything. And if I never see wallpaper again, it’ll be too soon.

~ Sarah

Finding Our Home Sweet Home

May 11, 2011 at 8:16 am | Posted in Around Boston, Home Ownership, Married Life | 8 Comments
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Well, dear reader(s), Andrew and I have taken yet another step toward the impending doom that is adulthood (Kidding!  Mostly.).  After just a month of house-hunting, we pulled the trigger and are under contract to buy a home in a lovely Boston suburb.  We’re saying goodbye to the days of renting (read: the joy of having someone else plow, garden and perform maintenance) and hello to the days of home ownership (read: the pride of having our own place, and all the fabulosity of back-breaking upkeep and renovations).  Yay!

Buying My First House, A Self Portrait

I’m gonna level with you, folks: buying a home is STRESSFUL!  If you think planning a wedding is the pits, you’ll be even less psyched when the time comes to buy your first home.  Why?  I don’t know.  It makes no sense.  But for some reason, the idea of signing a 30-year mortgage is far scarier than committing to one person for the rest of your life.

I’d like to think that it’s because spending forever with someone so well-suited to me isn’t frightening in the least – that I’ve found my better half and that, just like in the movies, we’re headed for a happily ever after complete with rainbows sparkling over all our picnic dates and puppies who never pee in the house.

But let’s be honest: it’s a numbers game.  I never give “till death do us part” a numerical second thought (probably because I want it to be a long, long, long, long time).  But there’s a BIG number associated with this grown-up step.  Thinking about how much money we’ll be paying over the next three decades frightens the rhymes-with-spit out of me.  Seriously, despite what Patrick Swayze said, mortgages would put Baby in the corner.

All kidding aside, we’re really excited about our first home, and our families are, too.  In fact, they’ve already volunteered to help us begin renovating Chez L-ski after we close on the house Memorial Day Weekend.  I’m not sure they know what they’re in for, but we appreciate their kindness (and potential naiveté).

~Sarah

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