2010: Looking Back (the Home Edition)

In one respect, 2010 was a HUGE year for us because we finally became homeowners!! Even better is that we didn’t have to move for this to happen… we bought the house we’d been renting for the 2 previous years. We also bought it directly from the owner, who is holding 100% of the financing for us, so it couldn’t have been easier! I’m so relieved that we didn’t have to experience the gut-wrenching stress that you hear about that comes along with buying a house the “traditional” way. Not sad that we missed out on that AT ALL!

We officially became homeowners on January 1, 2010 (although, according to my handy dandy blog, we didn’t actually sign the papers until January 16th)… hard to believe it’s been a year already! We have slowly but surely started making the house “ours.”

One thing we’ve done is ripped out the old, icky carpet from 80% of the upstairs. We discovered that there is actually old (VERY old) laminate flooring under most of the carpet, so that’s nice! The only room that didn’t have flooring was the living room. So, when we ripped that carpet up, we also put down new floor (which I have a love/hate relationship with!).

We also repainted Avery’s bedroom and the living room. Both of these rooms still aren’t 100% done (because we seem to be great at starting projects but not at actually finishing them!). We still need to put trim up and do some decorating, and I’d really like some kind of rug in the living room. We’ll get there, eventually!!

Nick and I have never actually bought new furniture… most of what we’ve had for the last 11 years has been hand-me-downs or gifts. This year, we’ve bought a new couch and loveseat, and Damon got a new bed (seriously made me feel grown-up to buy my kid a BED! hahaha). Oh, and not exactly furniture, but Nick finally got his ginormous flat-screen TV… Hallelujah!

It also didn’t take long for us to experience the not-so-fun part of homeownership. Early in 2010, we discovered termites and had the entire house (inside and out) treated. It cost a pretty penny, but I’m sure it was money well spent. Now, as long as we keep up with annual inspections, we should never have to fork over that money again. The peace of mind alone is well worth it!

Another small improvement we’ve made was the recent acquisition of a new toilet!!! I know, I know, that doesn’t sound all that exciting… but, trust me, it was! The toilet that was here when we moved in was never quite right… it overflowed if you looked at it the wrong way (I can’t tell you how many times we’ve flooded that bathroom), and no amount of “repairs” ever did much good. The last time the bathroom flooded, Nick threw his hands up in the air and said, “Load up the car; we’re going to Busy Beaver to get a new toilet… NOW!” And we did. And it’s, by far, my favorite home improvement yet!!!! I can’t imagine how much water we’re saving with the new toilet, too. See, we’re even Goin’ Green!! 😉

We also recently purchased a dishwasher. When we first moved in here, I didn’t mind washing dishes… we’d had a dishwasher in our house in Maryland, and I thought it was just as much of a pain, always loading and unloading the thing! But after almost 3 years of washing dishes by hand, our new dishwasher is just heavenly!!! It’s a portable dishwasher, I guess, that you have to wheel out and hook up to the sink… that’s taken some getting used to. But, still, I love it. LOVE. IT.

We haven’t done much outside of the house… other than to install a new porch light. Oh, and Nick built a small fire pit in the backyard, of course. Gotta have that! He’s also been working on cutting down the huge maple tree in our front yard (that is half dead and slowly but surely taking over the world). I’m sure we’ll be calling in a professional before much longer to take care of our tree problem… but, for now, Nick is enjoying battling the tree!

Of course, we have TONS of plans for the house (inside and out). I’m thinking that’ll be a possible future blog post, because I’ve already rambled on enough as it is! It might take us years and years to make some of the changes we want, but it’s SO nice to have the option to make changes now! As renters, we never had that opportunity.

I can’t wait to share with you next year the changes we make to our little home in 2011!!

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