June 21, 2017

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE?!

We bought a house?! Yes, we bought a house!

For those of you who keep up with my Daily Blurbs, you already know, but for those of you who aren't up to speed, we made an offer and got a house on May 30th!

When we first came across our future home on Zillow, it was listed as "coming soon" and the first showing/open house wouldn't be till Memorial Day. Unfortunately, we had already made plans to go back to our hometown over that holiday weekend, so we moved forward and made appointments to view other listings in May. I think we saw a total of 8 houses during the month, but we always kept this house in the back of our minds.

Fast forward to a late afternoon on Memorial Day, Evan and I are driving back to Saint Louis and he has me read the house's updated listing out loud to see if we were still interested. My eyes glossed over the words 'Pinterest-worthy kitchen', and I knew we just HAD to visit this house. For as long as Evan has been with me, I've talked about how much I love kitchens, so he knew the Pinterest plug sold me.

This is the 'Pinterest-worthy kitchen'

We had planned on setting up a showing asap, but to our surprise, there was another open house the next day. I guess the lack of traffic on Memorial Day prompted another showing (probably because people were busy with their families and not trying to go to open houses?), so we figured we would go and check out the bright, subway tiled kitchen in person. Upon arrival, I felt a bit underwhelmed with the neighborhood itself, but I thought 'okay Jenn, don't be so quick to judge'.

*sidenote* We had been looking at homes in the University City area of Saint Louis and developed an unnecessary taste for old, luxury homes. Richmond Heights, our neighborhood, isn't as developed and everything is on a smaller scale, but in the end, we both agreed that it's more suited for where we're at in life. 

Needless to say, we ended up loving the house after walking through it and placed an offer for it the very next morning. Then in a matter of a few hours, our agent called to let us know that our offer was accepted! Evan and I were in the middle of eating dinner and just looked at each other like ahh did that really just happen?! What a crazy ending to a crazy month of house hunting. Thanks for stressing me out, May.

We held off on telling anyone about the house till after most of the formalities, but now that we're confident that this will be our next living situation, I'm pleased to introduce you guys to the new home, which we named Pig Palace (Pig - our dog Maddie snorts like a pig when she gets excited, hence the nickname; Palace - because she is a queen...yaaas). The house's name will probably evolve over time, but for now, I'm really feeling Pig Palace.

*sidenote* Maddie was actually born on a pig farm and now she lives in Pig Palace...so I keep singing 'started from the bottom, now were here' to her. She seems somewhat amused.  

Anyways, I can't wait to show you guys the before and after shots of our home and the DIY projects we decide to take on. Please let me know if you guys have any new homeowner advice, and make sure you follow me here on blogger to get all of our home updates!


xo - jenn

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