We bought a house last minute!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
8389 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Congrats on the new place!

Post # 4
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It looks lovely!  Congratulations!

Post # 5
2657 posts
Sugar bee

Congrats!  Your house is really pretty!  Our home buying experience was also super easy and quick.  We were approved right away, found a house on the first day of shopping, and our offer was accepted 2 days later.  Your house looks like it’s in great shape, but you should definitely put some time into finding a good inspector.  Any issue they find with the house is something you can ask the seller to address before closing.

Post # 7
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Awesome!  It looks really nice.

My advice would be to remember that it’s not over til it’s over.  Now is the hardest part – the inspection and negotiation phase.  Remember that this is primarily one of the biggest financial transactions of your life, so don’t get too caught up in loving the house that you aren’t willing to walk away from it if something big shows up on the inspection.  On the other hand, you also don’t want to get too caught up in “winning” the negotiation that you miss out on your dream house.  A $1,000-2,000 difference in selling price is only like $25 extra a month. 

ETA: DEFINITELY be there during the inspection, and walk around with the inspector.  Any decent one is going to be happy to explain every little issue to you.  You don’t need to be present during the appraisal.

Post # 8
9037 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

TheOkieWifey:  Congrats!  Very nice house.  My husband and I just closed on ours this past Christmas and it was kind of a sudden decision similar to yours.  🙂

As far as I know you don’t have to be at the house for either the inspection or the appraisal, the realtor and lender should handle taking care of that.  Technically it is not your house until after the final closing.  Hopefully you shouldn’t have to miss much work from this point on.  When is your closing?  You will have to miss work for that, lol.

Post # 11
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

TheOkieWifey:  No problem!  And don’t worry too much when the inspection report comes back – literally every house in the world is going to have some number of problems.  Just be on the lookout for anything big (and the inspector will help clarify what is minor vs. more problematic).  Hope it all goes well!

Also just FYI – when we were buying our house, I read through a ton of “advice for first-time homeowners” type threads here.  There’s a bunch of good advice in the archives, if you search the old posts.

Post # 15
1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yup! Just…be careful even with renovations (have you ever seen Holmes on Homes? If not, I recommend watching it). You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig…and by that I just mean, you can have gorgeous cabinets and countertops, but if your electric/gas lines/plumbing was done by a hack, then…well..yeah. Then your beautiful things will be ruined by electrical fire or leaks. Your shit can be as pretty as you want it to be but it’s still shit. You know? xD  I’m sure it’s fine. 😉 I’m just paranoid. 

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