Future Plans: A House

G and I are in contract for a house. If the inspection goes well then we will be fully moved in by August. If not then the search continues.


image via HGTV

I am worried about the inspection. The house is at the very top of our budget and therefore we have no cushion for major repairs. It should check out fine as out of the two hundred plus homes we have seen over the years, I have never seen one in such great shape. Still I am not taking any chances. Most people often use an inspector that their real estate agent suggested. Friends who have gone this way have been burned. It makes sense as the agent would want a “soft” inspection as they want the deal to close. Not saying that all agents are like that but not holding it against them because I understand where they are coming from.

Therefore I will be hiring an independent inspector who uses thermal imaging so less surprises.

At times I wonder if I am truly ready to own a house. To be that responsible for something so expensive. Truth to be told, if it wasn’t for the fact that G and I both love the house I would not be buying it considering it is at the top top of our price range.

A small part of me hopes that the inspection will fail because I think the house is too expensive. I want a more moderately priced home which will give me more breathing room and funds to travel.

But losing such a beautiful house will make me sad as well. The first time I saw it I was like this reminds me of HGTV’s 2011 dream home! Especially the living room which is why I linked the picture above. Besides the house is located in one of the safest towns in the US, on a quiet street and yet still close to everything. So we made an offer and was rejected on the spot. After much negotiations and with the listing agent agreeing to take a smaller fee, we finally came to an agreement. I highly recommend working with just the listing agent instead of having an agent of your own to represent yourself if you are an experienced buyer. The listing agent will be more amenable on the price because he does not have to split the commission with another agent.

And so now we wait. The result I don’t know. But I do know that I will be fine with whatever happens. It is good to always have a backup plan. I also have a backup plan to my backup plan. I am not a person who likes surprises of the big kind.

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