So many of you have been following along since the very beginning of our home remodel! I wish I would’ve started blogging regularly a year and a half ago (like I intended), but here we are now!
If you’ve been around, you remember the original house walkthrough stories on my Instagram! So much has changed since then, but I wanted a space to hold the story of our dream home, as well as our before & nows (still a work in progress!).
Finding the perfect home
We got married on March 31, 2019. We were antsy to buy a house, but we didn’t know exactly what we wanted. During the summer, we began going to open houses all across town just for fun.
Each weekend, I refreshed my Zillow app looking for the newest houses on the market – especially the homes that had open houses that weekend. In early December, I found a house that was out of our price range, but in one of our “dream neighborhoods”. We went to look at it on a Sunday evening. The house was on a nice lot, but there were soooo many things we disliked about the floor plan of the house.
When we left, I noticed a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the yard of a house just 3 doors down. I snapped a pic of it, and wrote it off as being out of our price range.
“How do we buy a house?!”
However – that Tuesday I came home from work and on a whim told Cody we should just text and see how much the house was listed for. To our surprise.. it was listed at $77,000 less than the house we had just looked at on Sunday!!!
We saw the house 30 minutes later. And it was a sight to see!! It was a rent house for 7 years… and you could definitely tell! It had a certain *unpleasant* smell to it, the carpet was ruined, and it needed some major updating and love put back into it…
BUT we loved it!! As soon as we stepped into the living room I asked my husband, “So how do you buy a house!?” ha!
The rest is history. God opened doors so that we were able to close on the house exactly one month from the day we first looked at it. We have lived in our dream home for an entire year now. It is still a work in progress. Any chance we get we are tackling the next project. I can’t wait to share the before & nows with you over on A labor of love: Our home remodel Part 2!