It’s Mine, All Mine!

Yep, it’s a done deal folks. That sweet little cape cod is now our home sweet home. SO EXCITED!

All the fun started last Thursday, when we went to the house for our final walk through. Thursday night as I was falling off to sleep I leaned over to Jay with an epiphany of a thought that popped into my head. If buying a house was to getting married (I feel like I’m taking a standardized test here..), the final walk through on the house is like your rehearsal dinner, except without lots of food and wine. Now that I think about it, walk throughs could be greatly enhanced if said food and wine accompanied it, the real estate world should work on that…

Closing, that’s like your wedding day – exciting, expensive, emotional, binding … 😉 And the rest … it’s like your marriage – sometimes a whole lotta work, but so worth it when you see how amazing it can be with lots of nurture and dedication. Symbolism like whoaaaa – what what. Needless to say, my perfectly contrived analogy was blowing my mind at 1am in the morning… 😀

Or maybe what was blowing my mind was this image, still fresh in my noggin.

Durham North Carolina Real Estate

Yep – that sign means it’s officially ours! Well, almost.

For the walk through, I met Mr. Jay up at the house. He insisted on riding his bike so that he could scope out his new commute home. 😉 This picture just makes my heart so happy. Nothing makes this guy smile like a bike, I’m telling ya.

Bike Commute from Durham to RTP

Luckily, we didn’t find any hairy beasts left behind during the walk through, like this guy. Pretty sure he qualifies as a hairy beast, and he’s been chilling like a villian in the upstairs closet since our first visit to our future abode. Not sure if Santa got kidnapped, or what the deal is with him sporting that bag over his head and all.

Life Size Santa

They did leave a decent amount of junk behind, but really, meh. A few hangers here and there … from what we’ve unearthed so far it looks like they also left behind some interesting stuff. Like a big old collection of old magazines and a mad amount of really, really old books! When we went to investigate more Friday evening after closing, we found literally boxes full of books, some dating back to the 1920’s (antique roadshow is calling).

Value of Vintage Books

Unfortunately some of them are pretty damaged, since they’ve been up in a humid, southern attic for who knows how long, but a lot of them are in good enough condition that I think they’d look pretty nice styling a bookcase in the future. For now I’ve sorted them into a definite keep pile and I check on ebay first to make sure those goodies aren’t worth a house payment first, pile. 😀

Some of my favorites are some razzle mcdazzle old school children’s books – which (in a very PC fashion) refer to learning all about your friends in different countries – like Kimbi, the “native” of the jungle. Yeeeep.

Vintage Children Books

Some of the books are actually super pretty! Overall, I’d say I set aside 60 or so that I plan on using in some fashion in the future! I also told Jay that I’m pretty sure we need to install a built-in bookcase now. Ya know, so I can have a spot to put all my pretty books that no one will ever read. #practical

Books from First World War

Here’s a stack of keepers I set aside. Love them!

Determining Value of Old Books

So, I got super exited about the books we found in this post, and forgot to tell you about all sorts of other exciting things that happened on move-in day. Turn the key in the lock right after closing – and Jay immediately notices something chilling in a corner of the living room. He walks up to it, and says “Is that a bird”. Cue Mary – mmmm eerrrrr, I don’t know (backing away toward door). As he’s assessing the bird situation in the living room, I crane my head to the right and see ANOTHER BIRD in the downstairs bedroom. Whaaattt? So I snapped a very quick photo of the first bird, just to prove it happened and then dropped everything like it was hot and ran for the hills. Jay, assuming they were dead (all sorts of questions in my head at this point – why are there dead birds in my house? how did they get in here? is this house possessed?) and low and behold, I hear a bellowing yell from the inside of the house informing me that the birds are alive. It’s allllivvvveee!!

Now that I’m outside, I’m mildly entertained by this concept, so I get close enough to the windows to peer in and see Jay running around like a lunatic, opening the windows and trying to gently coax the birds to flee out the windows. Snicker … See that little black thing in the corner, it’s a wee little birdie that got into our abode pre-move in.

Birds Getting Into House

Another very exciting detail was the actual closing process. Our realtor is so sweet and amazing, that she brought champagne for us to toast the sale of the house! This is our third house, but definitely the first time that anyone popped bubbly for us!

Champagne Toast

Seriously, if anyone lives in the triangle area (or is looking to move to the area, like us!), than I can’t recommend Eve enough. Here we are with the entire dream team that helped this purchase happen. We only had just over 3-weeks between the offer and closing, so they were all rocks stars to get things moving as quickly as they did. Really a great group of people! (Here is her contact info, if you’re looking for a realtor!)


Overall, I’m having a hard time even enunciating how extremely excited I am. We had tons of fun making some major changes the first weekend, and I’m so excited to share them with you later this week!

This picture pretty much sums up my sentiment about our new little abode! Now, time to start working and getting this place into tip top shape!

Moving to New Home

6 thoughts on “It’s Mine, All Mine!

  1. I have seen some cool things made out of books-lamps, tables etc. Could be a fun edition to your cute new house! Congrats!

  2. Congratulations! You’re so right about the analogy…and the final walkthrough! Realtors would probably finalize more sales if they happened to have a giant plate of freshly baked cupcakes and lemonade…or margaritas. 😉
    Cheers and all the best to you in your new home!

  3. OK….FULL DISCLOSURE….I found your blog from a Nurse and a Nerd and now I’m totally blog stalking you because you live in Durham and I know I’ve seen your house! Sorry if that sounds creepy…but what I mean is….I live here too! And we have the fixer upper moving bug too! And my husband loves to bike too! So if you’re in the market for some new Durham friends let me know. 🙂

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