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Accepted Offer!

So that beautiful Colonial I posted a picture of the other day… we came to an agreement with the builder and hopefully it will be ours!

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We had the offer in the other day, however I was afraid if I posted anything it would be bad luck. But now we have an accepted offer!  It is still not final, we still have to get the mortgage commitment, have the house inspected and appraised (please appraise) and if all that goes well we should be moving in around mid June.

I will post interior photos soon as well, the builder is going quite a bit of work to the kitchen for us before we close.  The kitchen as is has laminate counter tops that look like granite.  Fake granite is so much worse than regular laminate, OWN YOUR LAMINATE-NESS stop pretending to be something your not!  So we are having it replaced with the real granite.  Also the appliances are getting switched out.  My Fiance K likes to cook so he insisted the builder give us a gas stove since there is gas heat in the house (Duh, why would you have gas running through the house already and not use it to cook?)

Also, it comes with a side by side fridge. If you’ve ever owned a side by side fridge you know how evil they are. They look all nice and pretty and you think this is great I don’t have to bend down to go in the freezer once a day!  But you know what, you have to bend down to half of your food in the fridge. And don’t even try to put a birthday cake, pork shoulder, or pizza box in there because it simply isn’t wide enough.  So that is going too and being replaced with a bottom freezer model.

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See that side by side fridge/freezer… bye bye!  Also notice that all of the appliances in this kitchen are Stainless Steel, with the exception of the dishwasher?  Why that was done is also a head scratcher.  They must have gotten a huge deal on the lone black appliance or something, whatever the guy was thinking he’s changing that too.  Sorry I’m a nit picker but it would keep me up at night thinking about the lone mismatched appliance.

He also has to pave the driveway and grade and seed the lawn.  All before we close!  It’s a lot of work and will be even more once we move in and start trying to make it ours; but I can’t wait to begin our married lives here!


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Trying to Buy a “Dream House”

For the last few months my fiance and I have been a hunt to find a house to call home.  Currently we live in a condo he bought before we met.  The “bachelor pad”

Although he has done his best to make me feel like it is my home as well, it never quite fit me.  For one thing it was the perfect size for a single man with a ton of hobbies.  Add a woman who is overly into sewing and crafting and a little dog… instantly too small.

Such has been our living situation for the last 3 years.  With our wedding approaching in less than a month we are looking for a place that will fit the three of us (yes I count the dog, she’s our four-legged furry daughter).

We’re looking for a place like this:

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We both love the traditional Colonial look and like the openness new homes provide.

Problem: These homes are EXTREMELY expensive in our lovely state of Connecticut.  The one above is available and currently owned by the builder, making it slightly cheaper than having it custom built.

Here’s hoping he’ll accept our offer and we can move in, decorate and make it our own!