Well, we made the big decision and decided on a house to buy. A few days after returning from Portland, our agent sent us a few more listings. One of them seemed so perfect, so we immediately contacted our agent and told him we wanted to make an offer. We then found out that it was still under construction. In fact, the foundation had only been laid so far. We would have to wait until August to move in. We had already arranged to rent out our current house at the end of May, so we had to decide if we were willing to wait that long and live somewhere else in the meantime.
Even though Daniel has always sworn off building a house with a builder, he didn't mind the design of this house and the location was PERFECT. Some other identical houses in the same neighborhood were already completed, but we really liked the particular site of the first house. I emailed Daniel and said, "WE MUST HAVE THIS HOUSE!!!" We went back and forth with the builder about their 52-page monster contract, which turned Daniel off for a while. But after some reassurance that the builder had a good reputation in that area, and focusing on the site perfection, we decided to move forward.
Daniel went up to Portland shortly after that for work and was able to actually see the site, talk to the agent, and walk through the model. He felt really good about everything after that, so we submitted our earnest money and signed the contract. I then got to choose from several design options, so although the house won't be custom, I'm glad we found it early enough to select what we could. Of course, we have big plans to make it unique to us when we get there. This seems so strange because I have never even seen the site or house myself. I walked through a fancier model home in the neighboring city, but didn't pay close attention because we weren't anticipating building a house at the time. I will be excited to see how it all turns out.
We have to move out of our house the end of this month, so it will be busy packing up and getting ready for that. We will live in Fruit Heights with Daniel's parents for the summer until the house is completed. I'm sure we will spend lots of time in Oak City with family too before we move far away. Our current closing date is August 8.
We will be renting out our house in Taylorsville. We contracted with the son of a family in our ward, so we feel lucky to have someone we sort of know living there. Although I have always been against rental properties, I have to admit I am okay with this because I feel like the house is still mine. We've lived a lot of life in that house and put so much work into it, I am feeling very melancholy about moving. But life evolves.
Here is what our future house in Washougal, Washington, will look like: