My husband joked that I will have to retire this blog, without constant renovating to describe. It's terrible when you look at a dark, dank house and think, "At least it would be a lot to blog about!" I'm still reeling from the fact that we won't have to scrape fifteen old windows or re-tile a buckling bathroom floor. We'd been looking at houses of the same size, in lesser areas, that required total gut jobs--for the same amount of money. Or we'd look at well-kept houses on equally good streets that would have us squeezed into 1100 square feet. This house was the rare combination of investment potential, good neighborhood, and fabulous condition. The cynic in me keeps asking, "What's the catch?" We knew this move would cost us more than previous homes (we've always had payments under $500!), so I'll be gearing up for blackbelt budgeting as we adjust to a slightly higher mortgage.
In the meantime, I'll just have to come up with some other schemes to keep you coming back here : )