I may have mentioned this more than once, but we’ve been living here in this house for almost 20 years. We moved in the first day of November, 2000 and were renting the house at that time. About a year later the people that owned the house made us an offer well below what they had the place listed for. My wife and I at that time were still both working (she retired in 2006) and getting a mortgage from a ‘brick and mortar’ bank was proving elusive. Online banking was in its infancy, and we decided to go that route instead. We inputted our combined earnings with one of the fledgling startup mortgage companies and wonder of wonder, we got approved. They sent us the requisite paperwork, our percentage rate wasn’t too bad, and it was agreed to be a 30 year note.
Before we finished purchasing, we had a company called ‘Pillar to Post’ go over the house and property, so as to give us an idea of what exactly we were getting into. Granted we knew the house was built in the 1830s, so it was bound to have certain quirks, and we already had been living here for a little over a year, so some of those quirks were already known to us (sadly, the bats were discovered about a month after the sale was finalized. Would have been better to know about them beforehand) though the inspector gave us some other things to consider and discuss with the sellers before everything was signed and monies were paid.
One of the things we thought was a little weird was, before we were able to occupy the house, the owners decided to paint just about every room in the house white. The only rooms they left alone were ones that either had paneling, wallpaper, or a combination of the two. Consequently, as we were never able to decide what color to paint any room of the house, we’ve pretty much lived with mostly white walls. Over the course of our time too, we’ve not hung too many pictures, and what ones we have, have been a bit haphazard to say the least. In the hallway there’s a piece of signed artwork from Berkeley Breathed. It’s a print of the comic strip Bloom County, from 2015 when he decided to start drawing the comic again after a hiatus of about 25 years. He’s continuing to draw them, but he’s relegated his postings to Facebook, and not newspapers. So he doesn’t have to be required to ‘toe the line’ of publishers, in essence he’s self-publishing his work. It seems to be working out the better for him.
Getting back to the topic at hand, we really haven’t had much time or money to do anything with the interior of the house, most of our time and expense has been with the exterior. Getting a new vehicle put a dent in our money set aside of repairs and upgrades for the house, so perhaps this year we may not get the new furnace we were thinking about, perhaps just a coat of paint for the outside parts that aren’t brick. A lot of the fascias and soffetts could use a coat of paint, the garage needs some work inside and out, and the bathrooms could use a major upgrade.
Lots of work to be done here. Just have to set aside the money and time to get it all done.