Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Preliminary Plans

2004
Tuesday, August 24

Tim and I met up with Mike at the Lancaser model home today. Mike wanted to meet with us there so that we could see the siding and brickwork on that model cause that will be roughly what we want to do to our Valley Forge. As far as the meeting, we met up with Mike to make a list of the revisions we wanted to the plans.

We got to see preliminary plans today. They had basic measurements on them and a front, back side view as well. Nothing really in too much detail though. We talking to Mike about bumping out the back wall of the kitchen and family room/bed1 walls 2ft. He roughly estimated that as 5,000, which was better than both Tim and I were dreading. We also mentioned adding some extra windows in the bed and bathrooms, putting in a deck door in the kitchen, a linen closet in the hallway, a side loading garage. and baton board vertical maintenance free siding.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Drawing up official contract

2004
Monday, August 23

Don said that he'd be drawing up the official contract today. We have to meet with him @ 8pm at home, so that I can sign them.

He also asked me to:
-Find a lawyer
-find out about a soil test

I'll have to tell Dad to contact my long lost god father Jim, who's a lawyer. I say long lost, cause I haven't seen him since I was baptised. And I have to find out about a soil test for the property as well.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Took the Bid!

2004
Sunday, August 22

Don called with good news..... the seller decided to take our offer! I'm sooooo excited!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

counter offer

2004
Saturday, August 21

Don called @ 10am this morning. The seller counter offered offered to lowered their bid by 3,000. Tim happened to be over, which was nice, cause we could just discuss it right away. We decided to counter offer back at 2,000 less than that.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Still waiting

2004
Friday, August 20

Still waiting to hear from the seller, if they accepted the bid or not. They were suppose to call Don back yesterday at 6, but I hadn't heard anything last night. I received an email from Don this morning that said he still didn't hear anything. I just called him... he said that the realtor and the seller have been playing phone tag..... and that's why there hasn't been a reply.

I figured after that I'd just sit and wait til I got word from Don. This the point where the differences b/n Tim and I are evident. I'm kinda ladeda I guess.... I'm spazy, but know that things happen and there's not a set course for anything....... what happens, happens. Tim... I guess I'd say he's a little more "need to know", than me. This caused a slight conflict today that I wasn't expecting.

mental note:
When Tim asks me why I haven't ask Don, or others something...... tell him that "I've give him a call".

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

500 for plans

2004
Wednesday, August 18

Found out we'll be meeting with Mike at Barden on Tues 24th @ 2:00p. And I'll have to have a check for the Valley Forge plans for 500.

The awesome part about it is that Barden has their own architects, so we don't have to pay extra for them. The also said we can make as many changes as we like because of it. The 500 is a deposit for them and will get subtracted out of the overall cost of the Mortgage.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Sign initial Contract

2004
Tuesday, August 17

Today we're meeting up with Don so I can sign the contract for the bid. As a nice gesture (aka... to take the bid seriously), he suggested a check for 500 bucks. Yep.... here we go, the beginning of the end of my nicely save money for the last 4 yrs.

Also, I better find a lawyer as well to go over the contracts. This is something that, if I had the brains, I would've done sooner....... oh well.... live and learn.

Monday, August 16, 2004

The bid

2004
Monday, August 16

This morning I talked to Don and put down a bid for the lot. I had some major butterflies flying around in my stomach..... excited and nervous at the same time. They are asking about 9,000 more than we had wanted to go.... so we offered a bit at 8,000 lower than theirs.

According to Don's research, the lot is no where near what they had wanted... with reference to other lots in the area, so hopefully we can get it for a better price.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Found the lot

2004
Tuesday, August 10

Today, after not being able to find the mysterious lot, we finally got to see it. It's a 120x220 wooded lot. Don said that he talked to the agent, who said that he propped the sign back up, as he was unaware that it wasn't standing upright anymore.

We met up with Don there at 6. This time we had seen the sale sign. It wasn't on the side of the intersection that I was expecting. I was expect it to be next to one of the farm lands. Instead, it was b/n two established properties, which both Tim and I liked better cause a... we knew that the utilities couldn't be far off then..... and b... it had a more neighborhood feel to it.

The lot has a pathway through it, probably atv we're thinking, that we walked down. The path led us to the back of the property in which was a small clearing next to the neighbor on the right. It was beautiful! I felt right at home. Don liked it too, as he agreed and said that it was the best we've seen and even he'd buy it. Tim liked it was well and said that it was a cute street. We all agreed that this might be the one and automatically wanted to know more about the lot and it's features.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Browse 4 lots

2004
Monday, August 9

Today we met up with Don, our broker, and had seen 4 lots for sale.

One was in a cute area. It's a lot like my parents, lots of trees, but it's way at the other end of the town, where there's nothing around and it's not really close to anything. I'd have to bike forever just to get to where I like to bike..... not that it's the deciding factor, but it's one of the small things I can see adding up.

The 2nd one was a no way in hell. It had lots of potential, 5 acres, but high traffic and high speed traffic. The second Tim and I stepped out of the car and a car passed by us, it was like forget this one.... too damn noisy.

The 3rd one... well.... it came with a small garage... and that's about all that was good about it. It was right by the expressway and waaaay too close to neighbors.

The 4th.... well.... who knows.... we couldn't find it. There was no sign, no way of knowing where it was on the road. Don had left the tax map at his office, so we couldn't even find it that way.

personally.... I'm hoping that it's nice, cause the other 3 sucked.