We were scheduled to meet at the title place at 10:00 am on Thursday morning. We stopped by the bank first and made the biggest withdrawal of our lives for our down payment and when we told the teller the amount we needed a cashier’s check for she asked, “Are you guys buying a house!?” to which we both grinned like crazy fools because we were just so darn excited. It sounds stupid, but it just made me feel like it made the start of the day even better because even the bank teller seemed to be excited for us.
We headed to the title place next- it was a good thing we had given ourselves plenty of time because it ended up being a little tricky to find and to make things even trickier Gabe and I were in separate vehicles because I was planning on leaving right from our new house to go to work. Thankfully we ended up finding it with time to spare despite our wrong turns.
Ok- I need to go on a little tangent here. I totally forgot about this part of the day until just now, mostly because it hardly anything to do with us becoming homeowners. So while we were in the waiting area of the title place we decide to take advantage of the basket of snacks and coffee (sheya!). We were jazzed because they had Welch’s fruit snacks so I grabbed a package for both of us. Upon examination of the packaging we discovered that they were just regular ‘ole fruit snacks, they were yogurt-covered fruit snacks. Hmmm….interesting. I’m not a huge fan of yogurt covered anything (yogurt should be refrigerated!) but I decided to try it out anyway. BAD CHOICE. I should have gone with my yogurt-covered-object-aversion instinct. Gabe and I had both popped one in our mouths at the same time and we then proceeded to both chew a couple time and look at each other in total horror and disgust at the taste of these foul fruit chews. I gagged mine down and Gabe washed his down with coffee and we promptly threw away the remainder of our packages. I just thought you should all be warned- beware of the yogurt-coated fruit snacks.
Back to our path to official homeownership. We met with the seller/owner of our house as well as some official person who had all the paperwork we needed to sign. The seller/owner actually has never lived in our house, he and his wife had always rented the property. He told us that we were getting a great deal on the house and we were buying it for less than he built it for in 2003. His wife told us that the people who had been renting it loved it so much that they cried when they moved out earlier this month- this kinda made us feel a little guilty, but hopefully that means that we’ll have the same feelings about it!
So we got down to the business of signing and initialing a GIANT stack of paper. We signed and initialed for at least 10 minutes solid. If I worked in a place like that I would get really fancy pens because they're an important part of the business- unfortunately they just had regular ball point pens. We got near the end of it all and our awesome realtor (if you live in the West Michigan area and need a realtor to help you sell or buy property I’ll give you his information- we highly recommend him!) helped us wrap up a few loose ends and a few questions that we had. Then it was official! The sellers handed over the keys and let us know that the garage door openers were in locked in the house. Yes!! It’s ours!!
We headed straight over to OUR house and Gabe ran in the house to grab the garage door openers so that we could park in the garage just because it’s ours and we could. We just basked in the glory of owning a home and being able to get out of our teeny tiny apartment and actually have some space to LIVE. Here's a few pictures of our new place!
It's a multi-level house- this is from the living room looking up into the master bedroom, another bedroom, and a bathroom, and down into a rec room, another bedroom, and another bathroom.
The view of the kitchen and dining area from the upper level. The area to the right in this photo is the living room.
The lower level rec room
Street view! No basketball hoop though, we took this picture before the renters who lived there moved out.
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I had to get to work for the afternoon, but before I headed out we went to Jimmy John’s for a celebratory lunch. I could eat the #6 from Jimmy John’s every day for lunch and dinner- it’s the only thing I have EVER eaten there but it is my favorite sandwich of all time.
We’re planning on trying to move everything to our house this weekend, but keep it all in the garage or basement so it’s out of the way while we paint/re-carpet. I promise to take pictures of that whole process to share with all of you! I’ll warn right now that I have no idea how often I’ll be able to post though because I’m not sure when we’re getting our internet hooked up there.
Oh! And if you have any cool suggestions for ANYTHING in our house (colors, decor, etc.) please feel free to leave your suggestions here in the comments! I'm so excited for this adventure!