Today's post is an ode to our 1966's home purchase, to the very REAL emotions that come with purchasing your own house and a photo compilation of what it looks like when you buy a house, renovate it and get married all in the same month.
Okay so let's go back in time for a moment and set the scene. The count down to our wedding was on and we had less than 2 months to go before saying "I Do". Gray and I thought we had settled on the idea that we would pursue purchasing a condo in West Lake or South Austin, once the wedding excitement died down. However, we started discussing (okay- kind of obsessing over) other options and we were not quite ready to settle down. So one morning a little over a month and a half left until wedding time, we decided to go look at 3 different properties in our price range.
The first house we looked at was mildly updated but was on a pretty small lot and just didn't have the magic we were looking for, so we moved on to house number two. I wish I could remember more about house number 2, but I can't which is a pretty good indicator we were not very impressed or deeply moved to pursue this property. So onward we went to house number 3. In true Gray fashion, he continued to encourage me to keep an open mind about the third house (as we were driving), even though I had already ruled it out in my mind. Gray has always been great at seeing the potential, especially in real estate and would not take no for an answer. As we were pulling up, I seriously got all the feels.
HUGE lot, one story house, private street, giant trees, it was getting better and better the closer we got.
Once we were parked we (probably mostly me) jumped out of the car, Gray opened up the lock box and we walked inside. I can speak for both of us when I say it was love at first sight. The house was much more spacious then all the condos I had lived in before and while it had outdated wall paper, blue carpet in the bathrooms and a beige wall color (I STRONGLY disliked) it had a whole LOT of potential. I remember FaceTiming my Mom and walking her around the lot and telling her all the things we would do to make this home ours, and after that it was a magical, crazy fast moving blur.
That night we put in an offer on the home (accepted), we entered into our 7 day option period where we had our inspector, plumber, foundation and HVAC guys all come out and give us the low down. With the new information from the various reports, Gray negotiated like a BOSS and bam we were in the fast track lane to closing.
Now let's speed forward to closing day on our home which meant our wedding was less than two weeks away. This is where it gets good and the story is just getting started. Stay tuned for Gray & Air Tell All: When We Bought Our House Pt. 2 how we tackled blue carpet, wall paper from the 80's and much, much more!