So anyway, I’m now officially a homeowner. Closing was on Thursday, I signed a bunch of paper, gave them a bunch of money, and the rest, as they say, is history.
My payment is $1,225/month, including taxes and insurance. Which works out to approximately $40/day, or around $1.70/hour, every hour, for the next 30 years of my life. Puts things into a different perspective when you think about it that way.
The place needs some work. The former occupants were pretty heavy smokers, which means that all walls and ceilings need to have the wallpaper removed and/or repainted (you can tell where the cross was hanging on the wall in the master bedroom). The roof has about 2 years of life left before it will be in need of imminent replacement. The landscaping around the place leaves a bit to be desired. The deck in the back needs to be repainted. The hardwood floors on the upper level need refinishing. I could go on and on…
Thus far I’ve completely stripped the wallpaper out of the master bedroom and will be putting on a coat of primer on all of the bedrooms tomorrow. Painting will take place on Tuesday, floor prep will be Wedensday, and I’ll do put the polyurethane on the floors on Thursday. Then it’s on to the bathroom, then the kitchen, then the living room and dining room. I have to be out of my current place by June 30th, so sometime during the next 10 days I have to move all my stuff and clean the old place too. I think I’ll be plenty busy.