The new house

1 Mar

Yesterday was the 28th of February.  The day our cooling off period ended, which basically means that since we didn’t reneg on our offer to buy the duplex, we are now under legal obligation to buy it, with full payment to be made by the 28th of March.

I am so excited.  The house is ours.  Er…will be, on the 28th of March, as long as the vendor (fancy real-estate speak for the current owner) doesn’t delay proceedings by two weeks as he can legally do.  We can too, but unless our loan takes that long to come through or something crazy like that, we certainly won’t be delaying things.

It’s also scary.  We’re going to have mortgage payments, and we’ll be responsible for fixing things even if they cost an arm and a leg, instead of just calling the real estate agent who sorts it out and doesn’t require any money from us to do so.  But scariest of all, do we really know what we’re getting in to?

We haven’t seen the house for 3 weeks. We saw numerous houses on the same days we saw the one we are buying, so they all kind of get mixed together in our minds.  I can’t even remember if there is a linen closet.  Or an ensuite. Or storage in the laundry room.  I don’t know what sort of storage is in the bedroom closets either. Maybe just a bar to hang the clothes on? Hopefully some drawers or something too?  That’s the problem with buying a house – if there are tenants living there, you are not allowed to violate their privacy and open up the closets or cupboards.

What if the neighbours are loud, obnoxious, all night partiers whose thumping music and loud profanities keep us up all night? Or what if they are just plain old crazy people who mow their lawn and throw the clippings over the fence into our yard, or steal our clothes off the line?  We’ve had a building inspection and a pest inspection, but we can’t really order a neighbour inspection (unfortunately).

I guess we’ll soon find out.  And in the meantime, we’ll be doing lots of packing.

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9 Responses to “The new house”

  1. March 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Welcome to the “Real” world of home ownership and sometimes, bad neighbors. Your mom and I were pretty lucky in that regard though.

    • LBcruiseshipblogger March 2, 2013 at 3:01 am #

      Except the crazy families on both sides of us when we first moved into the place we’re about to move out of, and the drug dealers that lived on the one side for awhile after. And the people next door to the house before that who would knock on the door and say they were going out, if their house burns down please rescue their sleeping baby that they’ve left alone. They refused to bring the baby over when we said they could just leave her at our house so she wouldn’t be by herself.

      • Mommy Adventures March 2, 2013 at 7:18 am #

        They left their baby at home by itself???!!!!!! Seriously, who does that?!

    • Mommy Adventures March 2, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      I do recall the neighbour boy mowing their lawn naked once. And they used to throw the lawn clippings over the fence (see, I didn’t just make that up in the post…)

  2. chrisrjpritchard March 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Good luck with the move – very exciting stuff!

  3. AlisonStanley March 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Even though we gave our house a thorough inspection, there were a few good and not-so-good surprises once we moved in. It is all part of the excitement of buying a house!

  4. Ellie March 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    It’s a wonderful feeling ,moving into your own home but also so stressful!Once your in, it’s legally yours and there are no hidden surprises…crack a bottle of champagne and celebrate!

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