(All the images in this post are from the original home listing – you can see changes we’ve made and my decorating in other blog posts. I think the original home owners wonderfully cared for this home.)
Remember when I showed you that house last year that we were going to build?? Yeah, that didn’t happen. We ended up on a crazy house-hunting expedition that lasted months last summer. Months. When we moved out of the house we sold back in June, we didn’t even know WHERE we were moving to, so we ended up at my parents house for 6 weeks last summer before we found OUR house. We moved in here last August.
We actually put a contract on a different house, when later that same day a new house popped up in Matt’s email and he said “I think I found an interesting house. Do you want to look?” I looked at the pictures online just to humor him, because I mean – we had just put a contract on a different house that day! The problem, or the blessing, is that as I looked at the pictures I just knew it was my house. I was quiet for a minute, then I told Matt we need to see this house tomorrow.
From there, everything fell into place. We had looked at a hundred houses in the months we were looking. The second I pulled up to the house, I felt home.
Here’s a summary of our attempts to find a house last summer. I wrote this part of this blog post last August and I want to keep it for my own kind of journal-keeping. Oh, the memories.
- The build we never finished. Some red flags caught our attention and we pulled out. We left our down payment on the table because we were that worried.
- We found a house, on a nice piece of land, with a nice pool. We put an offer in, got into a bidding war and lost.
- We thought we found our house, and negotiations were smooth and everything was great, but the inspection showed foundation issues that the owner/builder wouldn’t fix even though we paid for a structural engineer to verify.
- We thought we found our house again, but we couldn’t come to an agreement with the seller. They still haven’t sold their house. The repairs needed were too costly at the price they wanted.
- We found a house that was like home #4, but had been well maintained. We put a contract on it. On the first day of our Option Period (in TX you have a few days to get out of the contract), Matt was looking at houses online and said “I think I found an interesting house.”
- Just to humor Matt, I looked at the house. I looked at the house and was in shock … a house with exactly what we were looking for: nothing more and nothing less. We hadn’t seen anything that fit what we wanted so perfectly. We decided we needed to see the house the next day. When I got out of the car, and stepped on the property, I knew it was my house. (I know I sound crazy, but it is true.) Every bit more of the house I saw, only convinced me more. Matt was just as excited by it … and the rest is history.
We love this house.
I wrote a blog post last fall about how we added a window into one of the rooms. Here it was “before.”
During all of the crazy house-hunting and failed attempts to buy a house, we were frustrated when things kept not working out. But, now we can say definitively … we are so glad that none of those other houses worked out. We love our house, we love our neighbors and neighborhood, we love our schools and new church family, and Matt is enjoying his new commute to Dallas … this is definitely where we were meant to be.