Now that we’re putting up drywall, its almost amazing to us that its been only 4 months since we bought the place. Working every evening and weekend with few exceptions for 4 months feels like years. Its good to take a moment and think back to the first tour of the house, through the inspections and the purchase just to see how far we came.
I cant remember exactly when Siri first saw this house for sale online. No sooner than we had looked at the photos online, someone else had a contract in on it. We were just starting to look, but we knew we’d probably never find a house with a yard in this neighborhood. It must have been too much work for them to take on. Months later Siri saw it come up again and we scheduled with Aldo to check it out. It was the first of two houses we looked at during the whole hunt. We had an offer in pretty quickly and then there was the waiting. We must have waited 4 months to hear back from the bank. Apparently, while we had an offer in, someone had made a higher offer and we were told our only options were to sign the release or wait for the contract to expire. We were upset, but Aldo worked some magic and finally we were able to put in our counter offer which was approved.
I remember those first excited days after we closed. We took the day to measure everything for a Sketchup drawing and around a week later we started to tear things out.
Page 12 of the Inspection Report – Bad Wiring, F’d ducting, Horrible Ceilings.
There were the obvious problems like the drop ceiling and then there were things on the inspection report. More things we uncovered while renovating such as the 3rd floor bricks, whole house wiring, whole house plumbing… Other things we simply decided to do now rather than after we moved in (the bathroom). Somehow even with all the problems, we didn’t feel anything was too bad for us to handle (with help of course).
So 5 months in, it looks like we’ve got about a month until we can move in. We need to finish up some wiring, plumbing, drywall, floors and bathroom. Once we’re moved in, we’ll take it a little easier while we finish up. We’ve come a long way. It helps to look back at how far we’ve come to give us energy to get us to the end.