Can't believe we finally bought a house! It took months of searching, bidding, and fighting to stay sane. The greater Seattle area is just an insane market, and quite honestly for a while it felt like we just weren't going to have luck with anything, as we kept getting outbid with cash offers well over asking price, waiving all inspections. (?!)
We lucked out with our amazing neighborhood, and size of house/lot: .41 acres and 2230 Sq. Ft. mid-70's Split level. We've lived in much smaller apartments up until now. Not even sure how we're going to fill out this place, but given our son and hopefully bigger family in the future, I have no doubt it will happen quickly.
It needs a lot of work and the landscaping is literally 14 years of untamed jungle growth O_o, so we'll be documenting our journey here as we dive in. We'll be tackling the popcorn, kitchen and floors first before moving in, which should take about 3-4 months.
Initial outline before moving in is looking like:
- Sealing the house from inside working with an asbestos removal company Puget Sound Abatement, as they scrape all popcorn off and suck it out of the house for safe removal. During this time, we will also be gutting the old kitchen and knocking down our kitchen walls.
- Once all the asbestos is gone, the gutted kitchen will get new wiring to support what we want in kitchen, which will include wired smoke/CO2 detectors. Then the walls and ceiling will all be sealed up again, and getting entire interior of house textured and painted.
- Removing ancient insulation in attic, replacing with modern pink blow-in fluff.
- "refresh" the main upstairs bathroom with tile, toilet, lighting and vanity.
- Installing wood floors throughout upstairs, carpet downstairs in playroom, and tile in mudroom.
- Getting new kitchen designed and installed, with new appliances.