Monday, June 27, 2011

Another Offer Was Made...

Saturday we went and looked at 6 more homes.  We were 60/40 on them.  Two were an absolute disaster.  Seriously -- one was a dark hole of a man cave.  Definitely not paying that much for your home when it would be better to just demolish the entire thing and start over.

The one I thought would be my favorite, came in second place.  The lot was awfully small and with the way Ruger gets to run amok at our current home in the yard, he needs a little space.
The home that we made an offer on I have been pushing to see it for the past three weeks.  The tenants have been difficult with allowing people to come see the home.  They require that they are present at the time of the potential buyer's walk thru.  It was a little awkward.  My dad went with us which was a lot of fun.  The house had a wonderful layout and large rooms.  There are some specifics that neither J nor I can remember simply because the tenants were there and, although the were nice, that tends to make you want to skedaddle haha
We can't remember how many closets are in the master bathroom...I think there are two, but like I said I can't remember.  We also can't remember where the walls are in the front of the home with the kitchen/front room/living room.  Right now, I remember there is a doorway into the kitchen but I can't remember if there is space between where the doorway is and where the kitchen starts? Weird right?! But I could envision our furniture in the home even with all their stuff in there. 

I can't wait to see what OUR house looks like with no furniture in it.  J keeps talking about how small the two front rooms are and I had to show him that they are the same size as our current master bedroom!!  I think we are going to have a very new perspective on our home once we get out of it and move the furniture into these much bigger rooms.  The house is about 1100 square feet bigger than our current home! It is going to be very strange but in a good way =)

While out and about looking at homes --  near the horrible man-cave of a house, we saw some ZEBRAS! Not even joking! In the middle of FL, this dude owns some exotics! AND they had babies that were just darling!
 
Yes I had to pull over and take pictures -- well so did our realtor -- she was just as excited as I was! =)

We have come to terms with the fact that any house we move into, we are going to re-do most or all of the floors.  The home we made the offer on is no exception.  It is all carpet and a little linoleum.  As long as we are able to stay in our current home, we can work on the new house and not have to live where we work! YAY! That is the plan -- hopefully it all falls into place and works out. 
Yesterday we spent most of the day looking for flooring that we like.  We found some -- I didn't take a picture of the tile =/ OOPS! BUT here is the wood laminate flooring we love (pictured with our couch)

We decided to go with the wood laminate because it will be more durable.  With our Crazy Critter running around like mad, we need something that won't scratch within a day of being on it.  The hardwood scratches REALLY easy -- even the 'hard' stuff =/ This will be good for us too because if anything happens to a piece of it, it won't be SUCH a nightmare to pull up and replace. 
We picked out a tile for the kitchen, bathrooms and foyer.  OH AND the INDOOR laundry room!!! Who's excited?! THIS GIRL! I know that sounds ridiculous to most of you but the 1950's home we live in has an outdoor laundry room.  This idea is so ridiculous to me because seriously -- who in their right mind wants to do laundry in the heat and humidity?!

While driving around, J and I based this little Hispanic restaurant where we bought a box full of desserts.
OH. MY. GOSH! These were so delicious! Seriously, I WILL be going back there.   We also bought a loaf of Cuban break which was divine. I just drooled a little posting that picture haha!

We also looked at some fans and came up with a budget plan for the next couple months to make sure we have the money to make the upgrades that we want.  The countertops are not what we had hoped to have in our new house but that is an upgrade we can do later =) I am also looking for inspiration for a backsplash.

You know, the great thing about not having all the upgrades we were hoping for is that we can make it EXACTLY what we want it to be. I mean, originally we wanted to find a home that was perfect, meeting all our parameters.  The problem has been that our parameters are SO specific. We want what we want. Period.  The problem is that we basically need to build our own house for that.  What we have found is that the layout and size are most important, followed by kitchen cabinets and land. We have those things at this house.  We can do the paint, countertops and flooring -- no problem =)

I am very excited about this house.  Each home has been better than the previous in some way or another. And so far we have been very fortunate to find a home we really love each time we have gone out.

I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend -- I am going to ask everyone to keep thinking happy thoughts, sending up prayers and positive vibes =) Thank you for your love and support!
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21 comments:

amy said...

Ooh, I hope you get it! Sending positive thoughts, prayers and vibes your way!!!

CMae said...

that's so weird that the tenants requested to be there! Did they think that people would steal their stuff even with a realtor present? Odd! :)

annahita said...

so exciting - and zebras in central florida.... who knew?! crazy! fingers crossed for you!

theteo5 said...

Fingers crossed! Too wierd that they wanted to be home when they had potential people tour the house. We went into a few where the people were home (short sales mostly where the people didn't really want to sell their house) and it was so awkward. You can't get a good feel for the house. Good luck!

Cait said...

omg what a fun weekend- and save some of those desserts for me girl :) they look beyond delish! xo

Michelle said...

The desserts look amazing! Yum! I'm sending positive thoughts that you will have the house of your dreams soon! xoxo

Kim said...

Ashley, House hunting is an emotional roller coaster. I wish you the best in finding exactly what you are looking for! Cant wait to hear the update!
The desserts make me very hungry! :)

Nicole said...

an outdoor laundry room? That seems so weird to me. Even my great grandma's house that was built in the late 1800's had a room inside the house they had for laundry :) Of course it might have been added on and I didn't know that...

Tami said...

I know you guys have been through a lot in the house hunting process but it sounds like this really may be "the one." I'm keeping my fingers crossed for y'all!

Faith said...

sending you tons of positive vibes! i hope this is your final offer and that this is your house!!! fingers and toes crossed!

p.s. that desert made me droll just a lil bit ... ok, i lie ... a lot!!!!

Emily said...

So, so, so excited for you guys. When will you hear if they accept or counter offer your offer? Oh my goodness girl, those deserts looks so yummy!

marriedwchild said...

So happy to hear you found a house and so excited you will get to make it exactly what you want it to be! We bought a home that had been completely renovated because my husband is not so handy. I am now going to be driving around trying to spy those Zebras, just thought you should know that! I can't wait to hear about the next step time for inspections and appraisals and closing! We have one of the largest lots in the area and I kept telling Hubs we need a bigger lot and more animals we must move out of this area then I realized he is not cut out for country life unless we can hire a staff...suburbia it is! :)

Jamie Walker said...

Oh my goodness house shopping is so hard. We will be doing in just a few months! Good luck!

Natalie said...

Good luck with this offer! My hubbie and I just went through the same fustrating process this year--but after 5 offers in as many months, we FINALLY got a house! :) Keep us posted!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

sending lots and lots of prayers your way :)

Carolyn said...

Have faith! You'll find your perfect place! :) Those zebras are ADORABLE!! And those treats make my mouth water. YUM!

Kristen said...

Good luck Ashley!!! Hope this is finally the one! And how exciting to already have some of your stuff picked out - we'll have to do that. ;)

And how weird that the tentants had to be home. That would've been awkward. Maybe they were afraid people would steal stuff???

Jessica and Stephan said...

I hope you get! Fingers crossed, and I'll pray that you get the home that is right for you :)

Newlywed and Decorating said...

Good luck on the new offer! Your post is making me want to move to Florida to enjoy the weather and the desserts! :)

Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates said...

That zebra farm is gorgeous!!! Those desserts look divine, too :) Praying for y'all about the house! xoxo

Colleen Hapshatt said...

Is that the laminate flooring you will have for sure? Anywho, you're in my prayers :)