Almost there...

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Deep breaths

I'm really over-tired today. Sitting here, I feel it in every muscle sulking quietly, wimpering at my fuzzy brain. I had one of those "What have I done?" moments on the way to work today, wondering if I'd just bought an albatross to hang around my neck. Looking online at the MLS listings, it's comforting to note that there's only 13 properties on the market that are 3 bedrooms under $450k, and of those, none are remotely tempting. Ours is a good little house. Once we get it tamed, everything will be good. We bug bombed the garage last night. We need to borrow some hedge trimmers to get the ivy away from the garage. We need to replace the water heater. We need to get the termite guy to treat the one spot. We need to finish strapping the foundation. We need to hang towel bars. We need to expand the attic access and finish that room. We need to attach a light to the back of the house. We need to do wiring for internet and cable. We need to adjust the landscaping and lay paving stones in the center strip. We need to unpack. Eventually, there's a lot more work needing to be done, but once we get through those basics, it'll start to feel like home rather than a terrifyingly endless set of chores. It will still be a terrifyingly endless set of chores, but we'll be able to take occasional weekends off from the chores.

I keep reminding myself: I didn't buy a house. I bought a lifestyle change.

2 Comments:

  • getting started is the hard part but after you get some done, it'll be great. Also it's your house, everything you do benefits you for the rest of the time that you live there.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 5:01 PM  

  • It took us three years just to unpack all of our stuff (not including our collectibles which we never we able to display). Here's my advice, don't feel like you have to do everything at once. Prioritize by must haves and nice to haves. Make sure you do at least two must haves for every nice to have and you'll soon be well on your way to making your house a home.

    Of course, now we're packed up again ready to move once the house sells... just need a buyer now.

    By Blogger John, at 7:17 AM  

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