When you find someone to spend the rest of your life with, you tend to pile up anniversaries – first meeting, first date, wedding, and…
One year ago, Casey and I moved into our home without signing the mortgage papers. It’s not something I’ve talked about on here before, so here’s what happened.
After the drama of losing a home the day of closing (in mid-June 2012), we moved into Deep Deuce for a short 8 months. Once we found this house in January 2013, we were ready to make it happen however we could. The one thing that caused us to lose the house in 2012 was that Casey and I both still own our first homes and rent them out. Without boring you about all of the details, we needed tax forms stating we had the rental properties and could use them as income. As soon as we were able to in January of 2013, we filed our taxes. Date submitted: January 13, 2013.
Then Congress got a little out of hand. Due to their delays at the end of 2012, IRS didn’t start processing all of the forms we had submitted for our taxes. Our closing date was on February 22, and our tax guy was adamant the IRS would accept and process our tax forms by then. Our tax guy lied. IRS delayed three of our forms in total, and the final form wasn’t accepted until March 20. Given our history of losing homes, this sent me into a straight panic attack.
Now, here’s the part that’s awesome. The people we were buying the house from had moved to Tulsa, so the house was vacant. They allowed us to move in and rent it from them for as long as it took to close (a tactic we used in 2012 but that wasn’t accepted by the homeowners). We unpacked our boxes and settled in. We had every single box unpacked by the time we closed on the house.
Still with me? That probably seemed like pure drivel to you, but at the time, it felt as dramatic as the Real Housewives of New York City. Now, on to the fun stuff!
In the past year, we’ve updated a few things and have some more plans for this year. We’ve also found out that our furnace is older than dirt, funneled tens of gallons of water out of our basement after a flood, replaced all of the plumbing in our upstairs bathroom due to a leak we inherited, and found out our dining room doesn’t have a light switch (after we installed a chandelier that very much requires one).
We’ve painted the informal dining room, I’ve made six sets of curtains, we’ve started our travel photo gallery wall and did this:
Lots of progress has been made in this house that we call ours, but we still have a long way to go!