Our Homebuying Moment Realized

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Our house is finished. Well, okay, a house is NEVER truly finished, right? BUT we just completed the outdoor paint and landscaping, and it feels pretty good to sit back and take a breath. (To see the complete indoor renovation, click here.) I can’t believe we’ve been in our house for over a year now – in some ways, it seems time has flown by, yet I also feel like I’ve lived here forever.

I remember the first time we looked at this house. We saw it on Trulia, and figured what the heck, we’d make an appointment to check it out. The house was on the market for the first time in 40-something years, and frankly, it smelled like it.

Even D, who does this for a living, shook his head and said it was too much work. We walked away, yet the house stayed on our minds constantly for the next few weeks. During dinner or while bathing the kids, we would make little comments…”if we opened up that kitchen wall,” or “did you see the original light fixtures in the hallway…”

Fast forward two months from those evening conversations (and a bit of a roller coaster ride), and we had ourselves a home. We got straight to work on the interiors, and now, I’m proud to say the exterior is finished as well.


Happy happy joy joy.

Have you checked out Trulia? It’s a great website that makes it easy to find a home, a neighborhood and a real estate agent. Obviously, the home buying process is an emotional roller coaster. (What can I afford? Is it the right house? Is it a good neighborhood? What’s the best kind of mortgage? THE QUESTIONS.)  Trulia provides home buyers with information on neighborhoods, schools, crime, local amenities, agents, and financing so that they can answer those questions with confidence.

You can check out some more (oh-so-true) postcards and share your own crazy homebuying moments at Trulia’s website.

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  1. CC

    March 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I hate seeing well established trees being taken out but sometimes it has to be done. It makes such a visual impact from the curb with them gone, the house looks bigger and brighter. I can imagine what the lack of lighting was like in those rooms, dark, dark, and dark.

    It looks great and I’ve loved seeing the changes. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Jen Campisano

    March 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    What a transformation! I absolutely love everything about the exterior. We are in the process of our own remodel. Can I ask what brand the outside lights on your garage are? They’re lovely.

  3. Jill

    March 19, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Your house looks great! I love the succulents and the front door. You did good :)

  4. Jamie

    March 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    This post prompted me to go back and look through all your lovely home reno posts. Did i miss wita’s? would love to see her sure-to-be gorgeous space, too.

    • whoorl

      March 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      I still need to do Wita’s room…thanks for reminding me! :)

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