On May 31, 2005, Tom and I purchased our first home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And today, exactly six years later on May 31, 2011, we purchased our second home in College Station, Texas. In honor of this coincidence I wore the same outfit to our closing today as I wore to our closing six years ago. The skirt still zipped, so I thought that was a good sign.
The house has been vacant for nearly a year, so it needs a little TLC both inside and out. The lease on our rental runs through the end of July though, so we have a few weeks during which we can work on the new house while still living in the rental. Starting tomorrow we’ll be, among other things, painting walls, ripping up carpet and replacing flooring, lining up folks to service the air conditioner (the most important home appliance in Texas) and fix a couple of electrical problems, replacing a leaky shower surround, and landscaping the heck out of the yard. Oh, and shopping for new throw pillows, my favorite home accessory.
The house, though it needs some work, has some great features as well - brand new kitchen counters and back splash, newer kitchen appliances, new paint in a few rooms, an extra bedroom, an extra bathroom, a laundry/mud room, a playroom, and a good-sized yard. We can't wait to make it our own!