We bought a house! As many of you who follow this blog have already guessed, we have been seriously looking at houses in the Portland-Lake Oswego area. We found one – in far SW Portland, right on the Portland-Lake Oswego line – that we really like, and made an offer. After going through the counter offer, counter-counter offer and so forth, it has happened. The visuals (the furniture you see is the current owners, not ours):
We really like the house. It meets our needs in just about every way. It’s newish, just about 11 years old and had a kitchen-and-floor upgrade remodel 18 months ago. It has the master on the main. nice hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms (2 on the main, 2 on the lower floor), beautiful kitchen with island, granite, stainless, lots of light. In fact the whole house has lots of light, important in a climate with rain and grey weather some of the time. It also has a home office from which Wife will be working remote, which was critical to making the move. There’s a full, finished, daylight walk-out basement, with lots of light, a fireplace and an area with a sink and kitchen-type cabinetry. There is a great view, looking south over the Lake Oswego valley.
Now we’re in the process of taking care of all the home buying paperwork, getting all the inspections, and shifting resources and setting up the move. It’s a daunting task and it’s why there’s no FFB this week. My head is spinning from all the detail stuff and reading and writing reviews has suddenly become a lower priority.
We haven’t even begun the process of finding new… well just about everything at the other end: doctors, bank, vet, insurance agent(s), utilities, stores, library, basically everything you visit every week and take for granted. You know where those things are, we don’t – yet. Still ahead of us is the actual move. Packing thousands of books, CDs and all our other household items and treasures. We will have movers do some of that, but I insist on packing the books and CDs myself, and we will pack a good deal of other stuff to save a little money on what will be an expensive 1000-mile move.
We’re pleased as punch. Now if we can just get through the maze of paperwork, details and packing and sending the movers off, then driving there ourselves, we’ll be fine. As it stands now, we should be in, surrounded by boxes, about the middle of November.
Of course at the other end there is unpacking and putting away. In our case that will mean adding a lot of bookshelves. A lot. It’s my goal to have every book we own on shelves and the spine visible. No boxes in the garage, no double shelving. I figure that we need, allowing for room for some future expansion, about 400 linear feet of bookshelf. (!) It will take time and cash to do, and will have to be done in phases. Almost all the shelves in the current house are built in, so all we’ll have at the beginning are three smallish bookcases.
You can be sure I’ll be posting more on the move. At this point, serenity wishes gratefully accepted. 🙂