Almost Homeowners!

Looks like I’m moving in a month! The sellers have agreed to fix the majority of the issues that we found at the inspection, so if everything goes according to plan, we’ll close on May 27th! Yup, that means that we met the deadline and we’ll be getting $8000 from Uncle Sam. (Anyone happen to know how file an adjusted 2009 tax return as two unmarried people who purchased a house together?) Jason and I have already lived together for over a year and a half, but purchasing our first home together is very exciting. We keep saying how we feel like real adults now, but not really. I’m not going to lie, I am definitely a little bit scared. Mostly of the following:

1. My commute to work. I have no idea how long it’s going to take. This house is only about 5-6 miles farther than my current house, but it’s a different route. The most direct way would be to take 285 but it has a reputation of being like a parking lot in rush hour. I’ll figure it out. I’m good with finding back roads and such but it’ll take some getting used to. I’m hoping it’ll take about 45 minutes, but I don’t know.

2. This sort of goes along with number one, but I’m a little scared to move into the suburbs. This house is barely outside the city, but I’ve been such a die-hard ITP-er (it’s a weird Atlanta thing, it means inside the perimeter which is I-285.) that I’m kind of scared to leave the bubble. I don’t know why. I don’t know if I’m scared that I won’t see my friends as much or I’ll become a suburbanite or what. Maybe I’m scared that I won’t get to go to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods as much because they are a whopping ten miles away!

3. Money. Our mortgage payment is not going to be that much more than our current rent which is great when you compare the size of where we live now to the size of the new house. So, I’m not really worried about that. What I am worried about, however, is things breaking. I’ve always rented, so if the toilet breaks, I just call the landlord, not the plumber. I’ve never had to use my own money to fix anything. Then there is always that constant fear of what if one of us gets laid off. We just had layoffs at work today which was scary even though I wasn’t affected. How would we pay for things? But that fear is always going to be there in this economy no matter if I’m renting or owning.

4. Arguing with my mother. We’re buying the house. She’s going to have to get over it. There is just tension present all the time now between she and I and I’m honestly worried that it’s going to be there for a long time. (She thinks the house feeds into a bad high school and that we shouldn’t buy it for that reason. That’s what the fights are about.) I am not a fighter. I hate arguing with people and the fact that we’ve been fighting about this so much has really taken a toll on me. If it’s not one form of family drama, it’s another. Trust me on that one.

So, those are the scary things. But there are a lot more things that I’m excited about.

1. Having a yard for Murphy. I would like to maybe start a garden and start composting too. I’m not sure how that works with a curious dog.

2. Having a bigger kitchen that Jason and I can both be in at that same time without tripping over one another. This is a major one. I hate our current kitchen with a passion.

3. Not hearing my neighbors fight through the walls. Not having to worry that my neighbors hear Murphy barking through the walls.

4. Getting a grill and cooking out on the deck. Also, painting the deck and learning to do some DIY home improvement stuff.

5. Having dinner parties. Our current house is too small to have more than two other people over. Really, our current table is too small, but there is no room for a bigger table.

6. Decorating. Our current house still sort of has that college mismatched feel to it. Hopefully, we can get some furniture that actually matches. Eventually.

7. This house in general. It is very cool, sort of modern and retro at the same time. I haven’t posted any pictures yet because all of the ones that I have still have the sellers things in them. But, after they move out, I’ll post some.

8. Even though I’m scared to move to the suburbs, a part of me is ready to quiet down a little bit. I want to focus more on cooking, running, gardening, photography, that type of thing, rather than staying out partying until 1 am. That’s not to say that I never want to go to a bar again, because that’s simply untrue, but I think that living a little farther from all of my normal haunts will force me to slow down.

Good thing that I like to be busy, because the next two months are going to be positively insane!

May 27th – closing on house
May 30th weekend – moving
June 5th – DC for bridal shower & other wedding planning
June 12th – bachelorette party
June 26th – wedding
July 4 – Peachtree Road Race
July 6 – Hawaii

I got through April and it’s craziness, so I can get through this. It’s really just June that’s going to be busy. May will be spent sorting through our belongings, deciding what to pack and what to toss and doing some loan stuff, but hopefully nothing too stressful. I feel like I need to start resting up for June now! For my sanity, I need to make sure that working out and eating healthy don’t fall to the wayside during this busy time. Just writing this post made me feel very excited for these upcoming events.


19 responses to “Almost Homeowners!

  1. Sounds exciting! I can’t wait to see the pictures once you move. It’ll be nice for Murphy – I was excited for Bella to have her own backyard and didn’t have to worry about my neighbor banging on the ceiling anymore when she ran around (I lived in a 2nd floor apartment).

  2. Congrats!!!! We bought our first house last March, so I know how scary it is. I’d say #3 was my big concern– having to be responsible for any trouble, instead of just being able to call the landlord. Luckily, we haven’t had any major household troubles…yet. And honestly, I love our house, and love even more that it’s OURS.

    Can’t wait to see pictures of it!!!

  3. angieinatlanta

    Congrats, Lee!

    And don’t worry…I’m sure everything with your mom will subside as the wedding comes closer. The focus will shift to that!

  4. Holy cow! You have so much going on!!! But definitely good things. And it is still cool outside the perimeter. Although it does suck having to be farther from the important stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. It will all work out. Things might not be perfect all the time, but you guys will handle it well.

    Oh, I was laughing at your comment about 285 being a parking log. So true!

  5. Congratulations! There are definitely things to worry about but you should also have the peace of mind knowing that it is YOUR house. Plus, those hypothetical high school kids are a few years in the future… 😉

  6. Congrats, that’s so exciting!! I really can’t wait to buy a house, decorate, and kind of grow up! And tell your mom to please relax, who’s to say you’ll still be living in that house when you have kids going to high school, that’s the kind of thing my mom and I would fight about. Mothers.

  7. Congrats on the home purchase! Very exciting. Don’t worry about things breaking. Worry about your property taxes and home owners insurance; those are the true costs that can add financial burden.

    Opps, didn’t mean to stress you out. Focus on that yard and the kitchen and a grill!

  8. Congrats Lee- I am so excited for you guys! It sounds like a wonderful house. I can’t believe you are getting married AND buying the house- talk about stress! All exciting stress though. I can’t wait for pics!

  9. so exciting!! i wouldn’t stress too much about the HS — you have at least 14+ years before that becomes an issue, and who knows what will happen!? plus, there’s always the option of private or magnet schooling.

    IKEA time!?

  10. OMG, Congrats!! I know the homeownership/homebuying process is super stressful, so I know you are happy that it is almost coming to a close! You guys are so close, hang in there!

  11. Congratulations!! Buying a house is an appreciating investment. And seriously by the time you have kids and those kids reach high school age, the school dynamics could completely change. Plus aren’t there tons of private schools in Atlanta? So don’t worry 🙂 It seems there are much more pros than cons so congratulations.

    PS Moms always stress/worry about everything when they can no longer ground you 😉

  12. Congratulations!! I’m so excited for yall!! There have been many times when my mom’s been concerned about choices I’ve made, but it was only because she loves me and worries about me. Just don’t let her get to you and remember that she’s only saying those things because she cares. But do what you want to do! 🙂

  13. Yay! This is so exciting!

    And my goodness. You’ve got AT LEAST 14 years before you need to worry about what high school your house feeds into!

  14. Oh wow, my head hurts just looking at ALL the things going on for you! Wow, what a whirlwind of events…but you’ll survive all of them, and enjoy each and every one of them! And I’m glad there is MORE positive aspects to negative aspects of your new housing. Yay!

  15. Congrats, Lee! That is great that you’ll close in time to get the tax credit, too. That is HUGE.

    I hope you find some time for yourself in the upcoming weeks…saying you’ll be busy in an understatement!

  16. Well, I’ll get the bad news out of the way…285 IS a parking lot. I’ve been to atlanta many times and it’s horrible between 7 and 9.

    Now the good news. You hit the nail on the head. Being away from the perimeter will allow more time to just chill and focus on those things you mentioned. I live about 12 miles outside of the “city” of Tuscaloosa. My commute is about 30 minutes. I have to drive to Birmingham (an hour away) every few weekends to stock up on things that I can only get there and I use Publix for the rest. But…I have a garden. I am an amateur photographer and not just food. I LOVE having a yard to look out into while I’m grilling steak and veggies on the back deck. I have places to run, get away, breathe, see stars, etc. It’s not for everybody, but it totally works for me. My commute allows that down time to de-stress from work. It’s worth it to me to live away from the inner city limits. 🙂

    Oh, and I’m LOVING boot camp. getting up early takes getting used to, but I’m going to bed earlier. It’s only 4 weeks so I can do it. My jeans are looser already and that back bra pudge is diminishing daily. My weight has gone down 3lbs last week but when my jeans practically slid over my butt while buttoned, I was a believer.

  17. YAY!!! Lee…that is so exciting for you and Jason! Congratulations!

  18. i am so behind! this is exciting!