There were six different types/styles of flooring on the main level when we bought the house: three kinds of hardwood (foyer/hall, dining room and kitchen), two different kinds of carpet (in the study and family room) and old, yellowed linoleum in the laundry room.
The night before we closed on our house, the previous owners were moving things out of the attic and accidentally stepped through the ceiling (twice!) over the staircase. It was not pretty. More on that later.
We finally got to see the space empty and imagine where our furniture might go. (Exciting!) The walk-through also gave us a taste of just how much scrubbing, painting and refreshing we had ahead of us. (Less exciting!)
Closing was…inexplicably weird. We’ll leave it at that. At the end of the day, we held the keys to our house! At least for 24 hours, when we had all the locks changed 😉 I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to our funny, sharp and brilliant real estate agent, Janie Hickle with Keller Williams. She was a knowledgeable agent, a fierce advocate for us and a patient listener/counselor through the whole process. Are you moving? Call Janie!
We decided there were a few key improvements we wanted to make before we physically moved into the house: replacing flooring, renovating the upstairs hall bathroom, painting/setting up Kate’s room, painting the laundry room….and getting the ceiling fixed. Other than the painting, we hired professionals for the big-ticket items.
The journey to closing felt interminable: the weeks of commuting to my new job and being away from Chris and Kate, the weekends of packing and the nightmare that was move-out weekend, it was really just three months in total. I’m sure in a few years we’ll laugh about it all, but right now, we’re just thankful that it’s over!