Wednesday, July 13, 2011


When J  and I started looking for houses, we had no clue what we wanted in terms of the shape of the house. We were all over the place from new homes to total fixer-uppers. One of the homes we put an offer on would have literally needed to have all of the walls knocked down, and a ridiculous amount of other work, luckily they didn't accept our low ball offer. We ended up somewhere in-between move in ready and fixer upper- leaning mostly towards the move in side.

Realistically, we didn't really have to do anything. It was move in ready, but when we bought the house we were well aware that we wanted to make some changes. The main thing we wanted to change was the indoor/outdoor carpet, which was covering every floor in the house, with the exception of the kitchen and the bathroom. Yes, it was livable, but it wasn't likable.

Other than the flooring, a new fence and having a wahser and dryer hook up installed, we didn't really need to have any initial projects done to move in.

Looking back, this was the best case scenario. When we bought our home, J was working crazy hours and didn't have time for sleep, let alone home improvement projects. We had big dreams for little projects, but we're literally just getting around to them now (a year and a half after the purchase). Every time we start a new project, I'm so thankful that we dodged the bullet of purchasing the fixer upper. We are having a lot of fun choosing to make changes. We can do it in our own time, which apparentely we like going slow.

It definitely didn't feel good to have our offers rejected , but now we can look back to our low ball offer and know the phrase "things happen for a reason" is very true.

And just for fun, here are a few of the rejected homes....

Did you have to go through a few rejections before finding your dream home? Did it turn out to be a good thing?


  1. We haven't really started the home search, but we do window shop online for houses. I think we may be like you, more towards the move in ready with us choosing to do projects rather than a complete fixer upper.