Monday, July 29, 2013

It has been over a week!

Whew!!!!!!!!! So I have been MIA!!! So much has happened since we closed on the 17th.  The painters managed to paint our whole house in 12 hours! We hired a moving crew to move us from storage to home.  Which took a total of 3 hours! Wow totally worth the money. Plus my in laws paid towards the move as our house warming gift so that helped immensely.  Everything was moving along perfectly until......our previous living room furniture was delivered. Mind you I based my paint colors off of our furniture.  I bought a new sectional from Ashley for upstairs and we were placing our couch love seat and recliner we just purchased last year in the basement.  News flash to us that our basement door was only 29 inches wide!!!!!!!!!! Our couch is 34 inches wide and 32 inches high.  No maneuvering what so ever! So as of now we are selling our couches to purchase something that will actually fit down the stairs.  Ughhhhh

After getting situated Saturday we started to hear a humming noise that had been going the whole time we were moving.  At first we thought it was the a/c.  After some investigation we found the culprit!!!  Our door bell had a short and was giving off serious heat.  In order to shut it off we had to shut the breaker off to the front room.  We contacted our PM and he scheduled the electrician.  Unfortunately, we couldn't use that front room at night or our powder room since the breaker was off for almost a week.  

Next order of business.  If you have a basement get a dehumidifier right away!!!!!!  Our PM had told us he was purchasing us one as a gift so we held off waiting.  Well it took about a week and they dropped it by.  Since we don't have furniture downstairs we really hadn't been down there.  Well shock of our life we go down to show our basement Find green mold/mildew on the baseboards!  I had to take a moment and breathe without freaking out on someone.  Our PM came over right away Monday morning and said it was a surface mold which is good.  It's caused by moisture and grows when there is no air flow.  Since we had the house painted and closed the door it caused the growth.  A little Clorox wipes and a dehumidifier did the trick.  I am so thankful for our PM and SR because they have really helped us with several things since closing.  We have had a few other issues not worth mentioning but they all have been resolved.  

Our neighbors are all so nice.  They always wave and say hello.  I am waiting for our pool key to arrive so we can take advantage of the clubhouse and meet more people.  I will attach some photos of that we have so far interior wise.  This week our blinds should be installed and we have invisible fence coming out to quote for our dog fence.  Since closing we have painted hung some photos.  And today the wallpaper installers came and finished our accent walls and bathrooms.   Thanks to my mom for the fabulous gift of wallpaper and the installation!! I love everything about my home so far. :)

Accent gray and main walls are green

Peppery (red/orange) accent in morning room

Fresh paint

The other accent wall

Movers :) aka my sister and her boyfriend 

My new sectional and the couch we have to sell lol

My son loving his room.  And having all his toys back!  His room is a blue :)

My first morning k-cup :)

Breakfast time :)

Some of my art selections 

Morning room

Main living area coming along...


Another view...

My daughters room and her accent wallpaper wall...I love!

So cute!

She picked her colors

My powder room wallpaper. It is a shimmer pattern.  So pretty! I love animal print

Our master bath.  The wall paper is coral! It is sooooo pretty In person. 

We are still working on other rooms so I will be sure to post =]

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Yesterday, at 3 pm we finally started signing papers for closing.  After 100000000 documents we are officially the owner of our home!! The exciting news for us is that Chase will actually be servicing our loan.  Which we bank with them so that put me at ease.  So thankful we were able to lock at 3.375 and receive the lender credit.

We basically found out the evening before what our amount to bring with us to closing would be.  It was $300 less than they estimated since we found a cheaper homeowners insurance.  Well sure enough 4 hours before closing the title company received a call from Ryan homes saying they noticed a $200 required survey fee was not included in the FEES!! So the title company searched the contract and found wayyyyy in the back a small section that says a $200 land survey is required.  Which our bank does not require that since you pass all other certifications.  So sure enough we had to bring more money to the table for closing.  It was still $100 less.  But a survey fee is kind of annoying if you ask me!

We took the kids last night for the first time since they seen the framing of the home.  They were so ecstatic running around screaming and flipping through the house.  My 3 year old and the stairs will be very interesting.  He already is acting like the HULK jumping off of the 4th step.  The basement has become his wrestling zone. 

The painters arrive this evening to start painting and hope to be done by tomorrow evening.  The interior design lady will arrive Friday to measure the rooms we are doing the accent wallpaper walls in. We have the moving crew set for Saturday.  Along with the cable company arriving on Saturday evening.  Things are starting to move along.  I will post pictures of our accomplisments after this weekend.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tomorrow is the day!

Today we had our pre-settlement walk thru!  It was absolutely amazing and almost a tease.  I can't believe how fast everything has went these last few months.  I am so thankful for our families who have really went above and beyond letting us stay with them.  Our closing is set for tomorrow at 3pm!  As most of you know we went with an outside lender and we were able to lock our rate at 3.375!  We also received a lender credit of 1.7 which almost picked up all of our closing besides our HOA fees!  We still haven't heard what our exact number was to bring to closing.  So hopefully today we will get something.

Our walk thru was  fairly simple.  Our PM had already went through and marked the walls with blue tape.  When we went through we only noticed two other places that needed a touch up.  I am in love with our appliances.  We chose the black.  Which really look nice with our kitchen cabinet selection.

I took a picture this morning...the sun was so bright you really can't see the pretty shutter color.  More pictures to come tomorrow.  We are handing the keys over to our painter in the evening tomorrow so they can start our paint!

Quick Note-  Make sure to shop around for homeowners insurance! We got a great deal with our Friend through Meridian Insurance.  Our yearly premium is $300!! Which is $25/mo.  We originally had $45.  We compared the deductibles and coverage and they all were the same if not better. It's also a great way to save on the house payment!  We did have to combine our Auto insurance to get this deal.  But we were still saving tons.  Our previous car insurance was through USAA.

Best piece of advice I have on this whole is experience is to shop rates and never settle for something because you think you got the best deal.  Sometimes investigation and a little bit of research can go a long way.  We have really enjoyed our experience and would do it again!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

5 days away!! Tomorrow is Appraisal day!

So here we are 5 days away!! Wednesday we had some strong storms that slowed our siding landscaping work. My PM told our loan officer that he would have everything completed by Thursday night for the Appraiser to come in the morning Friday.  I was really getting nervous since Wednesday we barely had siding.  Not to mention our yard/mud/rock pit had no leveling what so ever.  So my husband went by today at 2pm and sent me this...

We have our shutters and siding!!!

Around 5pm our PM called and informed me that our landscaping was in place.  Our siding and shutters were complete.  Now we were waiting for sod to arrive this evening and it would all be set tonight!! Wow!!! One day can make a huge difference.  I went by at 6.  Still no SOD but I did see our landscaping and seeding in the backyard. 

It is hard to tell but our shutters are an eggplant color and our door is called marooned.  They both have a deep purple hue.  Reminds me of wine :) I really love all the colors we picked!

Monday, July 8, 2013

9 more and counter tops!

Only 9 more days! Still waiting on the outside to be completed.  Good News we got the final approval from RD!!! Which means we are golden to close.  Just waiting till sod is placed so the appraiser can get out there!

Calidonia granite counter tops are in!! Loooove

Gourmet island

Our precious mailbox :)

Starting the trim work for the siding

Kitchen again

Entry way

Standing in front living/study


Cherry stain


View from master




Master bedroom

Vanity in master- double sink 

Powder room

Front living/study

Kitchen viewing morning room

Maverick's room

Allexah's room

So many great things happening today!!! =]