Yesterday was a big day for Mrs. Cutter and me, as we finalized the purchase of our new house.
Needless to say, this was probably the biggest purchase we will ever make. Unlike our current condo, we don’t intend for this to be a temporary stop. We hope to make this our family’s home for the next 40 years or so.
I’m sure that living in a house is going to be an adjustment. Living in a condo, we never had to worry about anything beyond our walls. Now, we’re going to have to deal with a roof, a water heater, and a yard. And when those things break, I won’t be able to simply call the condo association’s service department to come in and fix it.
I’m not exactly well versed in home repairs, but I have a feeling that I’m soon going to learn.
It will also be a change to not be walking distance from the Metro anymore. I guess my late nights of drunkenness are a thing of the past. Although really, those have generally been a thing of the past ever since the Cutlet was born.
Buying the house was not a simple process. There are a lot of homes on the market, and it was difficult to identify the genuine possibilities. We learned that finding a place to live is so much easier when you don’t have to worry about children. We had to rule out a few potential homes simply because they were in school districts that got poor ratings.
We had to spend quite a few hours attending open houses as well as looking at other homes that were for sale. Thanks go out to our realtor Ms. Lindy who had to spend quite a bit of time with us. I’m sure she doubted that we would ever find a place that met our standards. But we persevered and eventually found a place that suited us just right.
The last couple of weeks have been a bit tenuous, as we had to jump through a few hoops to get approved for a loan. There were also a couple of times when it looked like we might have to back out of the sale.
Finally, everything came together, and the house is now ours! Or at least it will be 30 years from now when we finish paying off the loan.
And so, the next chapter in our family’s life begins. It’s nice to know that the Cutlet will have a nice big play room where she can utilize all of her toys. Not to mention a yard to play in (complete with a good climbing tree) and a snazzy playground just across the street!
We’re also excited that there are some teenagers in the neighborhood who could potentially serve as cheap babysitters. We just hope they don’t throw any wild parties. And even then, if their rates are low enough, we’d probably be okay with it.
Now that we’ve finalized the deal, the moving process has begun in earnest. Our condo is currently a mess with boxes piled just about everywhere. You never realize just how much stuff you own until you have to move it all.
It was sad last year when I had to help my parents move out of my childhood home, as I had so many good memories. I just hope that one day, the Cutlet will be able to look back at this new house with the same type of memories.