Monday, July 25, 2005

First Night

Last night was our first night in our new house. Between my last post on Friday about settlement and this afternoon's post on our first night, we have learned several things relating to our new home.

See you have to understand, that with the DC/Baltimore housing market, there is no time for a home inspection. There is no time for anything. We spent maybe 25 minutes in this house before we wrote a contract on it, and hadn't been back until after settlment. Good thing we had taken some pictures with the digital cam.

So without further ado, here are the first 10 things we've discovered about or relating to our new house:

(1) Moving is a bitch. We really knew this, but had blocked previous moves from our memories. We rediscovered it all this weekend when, for example, they didn't have a 24 foot truck like we had ordered, so we had to make 2 moves in a 15 foot truck. Or like driving an extra 20 minutes out of our way, into a scary area of DC to pick up a handtruck that we didn't even end up using.

(2) One celing fan and at least 2 electrical outlets don't work.

(3) The dehumidifier needs to be emptied periodically.

(4) Our floor slopes a bit, but it's okay: it's hardly noticeable when you look at the windows, which slope a lot.

(5) We live on a one way street.

(6) There are no closets. I mean, there's one small one in one bedroom, and a slightly larger one shared by the other two bedrooms, and that's it. No linen closet, no pantry, no coat closet. No place to store extra TP or cans of soup.

(7) There is a really bright street lamp which makes the master bedroom WAY too bright at night, even with the blinds. Time to get curtains.

(8) We have no wiring for cable. Yet.

(9) Our bedroom is bigger than we thought, but...

(10) ...the living room is smaller.

I guess that this post wasn't really about our first night. Which was rather uneventful, except that we had to dig out an extension cord to plug in a fan, because there is no celing fan in the bedroom (yet), and the dogs decided to relieve themselves in the house rather than brave the storm last night. (Sigh)


Blogger KOB said...

Great post -- nice take on this market.

Monday, 25 July, 2005  
Blogger gwadzilla said...

moving sucks... I know... I worked as a mover and have moved many times myself
there will be problems with and old house
all houses settle
the tilt is the character of the house
humidity is a DC issue... not a home issue
you can link a tube to the dehumidifier to have it drain automatically
the size of the rooms... well that was a misconception on your part
one way street sounds safer than a two way street
no old homes have closets...

from the picture it looks like a wonderful home

lets try and stress the positive
-you own a home most people will never own a home
-you can afford a home (same difference)
-it is a beautiful house
-no more house hunting
-and you are in... in two years you will be able to sell that house for a killing and buy your dream house
searching for a house with the knowledge you acquired in looking for and finding this one

congrats on a great house

Wednesday, 27 July, 2005  
Blogger gwadzilla said...

oh.. the housing market is absurd
I am just glad I am in
we thought we bought in an over inflated market
then that gave us a chance to buy a second time in the still inflating market
had we not over extended ourselves the first time
we would never get in
who can affort to buy in this market?
DINKS I guess

Wednesday, 27 July, 2005  
Anonymous Stella said...

Boo. House looks very cute! Sorry to hear about the problems. I am definitly having my new home inspected - next Tuesday. :)

Miss u,

Wednesday, 27 July, 2005  

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