Saturday, February 2, 2008

Update on Houses, Old and New...

CURRENT HOUSE

Our current house officially went on the market yesterday. If you would like to take a look, here is a link to our listing.

We've been concerned as to what to do about our cat. For those that don't know, we have a cat named Kathy. Kathy was Jon Paul's cat before we got married. She is not the nicest of cats. She loves us and only us. She doesn't like anyone else, stranger or not. And she will growl, hiss, and snap at anyone. Also, she is strictly an indoor cat, she never goes outside. With agents bringing people into our home, without us here, we were really concerned about Kathy getting let out and others maybe getting bitten. So, what do we do? Well, we bought her a small dog kennel. The girls have had lots of fun playing with/in it. Today, we got to test it out on Kathy. We had two different agents show the house. That made us feel good. As for Kathy, I made a sign and put it by her kennel. It said, "My name is Kathy. I don't like strangers very well and can be very unfriendly. Thank you for not petting me." Hopefully people will get the message!

So, like I said. We had two people come and take a look. The first was this morning. Everything looked OK when we got back home. The second was tonight and we came home to a few different things. First, we noticed that not only was the back door left unlocked, but it was left OPEN! Granted it was just open a crack, but still! Isn't it the agents job to make sure all doors are closed and locked??!? We were not happy. I emailed our agent and let him know this and gave him the agents name and info that showed the house (they leave their business cards). Also, Rebekah was quick to point out the someone had been playing in her room. These people must have had kids. Three of her toys were left in the middle of the floor, definitely NOT where we had left them. That didn't make me upset, but did make me feel better about putting Kathy in the kennel, so she can't hurt any curious kids!

We'll have to see what tomorrow brings. It is supposed to rain tomorrow. Don't know if many will venture out to look at houses.

NEW HOUSE

Nothing. Nothing has been done. We're now a month behind schedule. We talked with our builder and he is just as frustrated as we are. His bank has held him up for the past month, dragging out the reality that they aren't going to give him a construction loan. So, he has gone to a different bank. He is going to get the loan, but it might take two or three more weeks for all the paperwork to go through! Aggghhhhhh! I'm trying to stay calm and know that there will be many hurdles to jump, but I'm just ready to see some dirt moved to know we're getting somewhere! Our builder said he did pad his timeline, but didn't plan to use up all that padding on the front end. But our goal of getting in before school starts next fall is still very reachable. And, if we make our brick, shingles, windows and trim decisions now, we'll be ready to order them as soon as our builder gets his money. We're about 95% sure on the brick, mortar and trim. We're not too picky about the shingles. And the windows...we're that's still up for debate!

The brick: Well, we like the brick on the house in the photo from a previous post. However, the name and brick panel shown, is NOT the brick on the house. The brick on the house is called Mosstown and is from Antique Brick. We have looked at the brick on two other houses and it looks different from the one in the photo. So, we're planning on going back to that house and taking a look again. We think maybe the reason the brick looked different, basically darker, might be because it was fresh and needed to be cleaned up. We'll see and I'll let you know what we decide.

So, this is where we are. Showing our current house and waiting on our new house. Hopefully we won't be homeless, and if so, it won't be for too long in between. Until next time...

1 comment:

Karen (Pediascribe) said...

Good call on the cat.
And so weird that a door was left open and toys were messed up. That's just not right.