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|Sun, 08-10-2014 - 9:02am|
As Shirley said-we were on the hunt for a new house, in a new town. (17,000 is not a city-not even by adding 2 new people to the population!)
I won't say it is perfect-but it "Has good bones". It is an all-brick bungalow, in a high area of town-the living/dining rooms, hall & master bedroom have new maple hardwood, the kitchen, bathroom & front entrance have ceramic tile-new it looks like. BUT the other areas have carpet-which we will replace eventually. The people who own the house have lived elsewhere for awhile-which means the lawn has not been cut, angering the neighbours-but we will do that, we will add screen/storm doors, replace the garage door & convert the wood-burning fireplace to gas. Nobody I know walks away from a full fridge & unplugs it-but they did...so ALL appliances must go. (except the dishwasher which is built in). We looked at new appliances, arranged for a wood fence to keep the Pugs in the back yard-which let us meet our future neighbours.
I'm planning flower beds-& eventually a vegetable garden. I think I'll go back armed with a big box of Spring bulbs, a big bottle of Round Up to get rid of the weeds showing up in the stone patio (soon to be a deck-in a year or 2). There are some Roses to prune back & hopefully make bloom again. Both my friend Kathy & daughter Karen have promised to help scrub it clean (we tried to have "Professionally cleaned" in the contract-but their lawyer said that clean is 'subjective'). For now we will do what we can outside & mostly clean up inside. There are few curtains-& unlike here, where they don't matter because we don't have neighbours-they do matter there! But that can be easily remedied-everything can be easily done like I said, it has "Good bones". It is in a good area, with what seems to be a mixture of younger & older neighbours-which is what I wanted. Closing date is Sept 16-so we have to pack up here & get things done here ready for the moving company, the following week. Busy days ahead! But everything will be done in its time!