We found a house.
After a marathon day of house-hunting with the always-magnificent Adolph Maier, we realized that Dexter was where we were supposed to be. So although we’d found a cool house in Ann Arbor, we were more comfortable with Dexter and kept our hunt to this area. We looked at a very large home (in a “planned community”) with a very small lot, but there was *something* that kept me uneasy about that house. Maybe it was the size. Maybe it was the toothy-grin that the salesman flashed at me and the ‘lines’ he handed us about living there (*he* didn’t live there, but somehow knew it was a great place to raise kids). Regardless, I was at deep unease about buying that house.
So we continued to look and two days ago went back to one that we’d seen on Wednesday. It’s a cute home (tri-level) on an acre of land. Mark was intimidated by the acre, but I promised him that with a riding mower that goes 6mph, I’d take care of it while he was at work. 😉 The up-side to this house is that there are so many improvements made to the house in the last few years: vinyl siding, new roof, new furnace, new water softener, new cabinets, newer carpeting, ceramic tile in the kitchen, etc. So the “bones and guts” of the house are strong and good. And if those things are good, then the things that need replacing can be focused on without worrying that the structure itself will fall down around our ankles. 😮
So that said, we’ll need a new dishwasher and washer/dryer pretty quickly. And we’ll have to put on an iron filtration system (it’s on a well with heavy iron levels, as shown by the dishwasher). Eventually, a new fridge will enter the home, as will a garbage disposal. We do want to replace the carpeting in the lower level before moving furniture in, so we’re going to Lowe’s today to check out what they have. The padding down there is really good–at least 8# pad and very springy. But the awful red carpet must go. It makes the lower level feel cave-ish. 😐 The one thing that is a downfall is the above-ground pool in the backyard. But we’ll have it removed and have a great garden plot at the same time, I think.
Oh, and we did sign a purchase agreement and had one round of negotiations on the house–so pending an acceptable inspection next Wednesday, we’re good to go to closing. And we’re good to hit Sherwin Williams today, too. 😉 Might as well get our paint colours picked out and our minds thinking about what paint goes where!
So here’s a picture of the house in question… it’s got charm and character, and for whatever reason, just screams “This is the Talbert’s house!” to me. 😀 There’s a lot of landscaping work to do, but it will be done in stages and I’ll have the opportunity to plan what *I* want and where it goes as the winter months drone on. And of course, a Japanese Maple is one of the central-points to my design! .