Taking the Plunge: Building a House
We’ve been house-hunting for a few months now. I guess a more accurate term would be house-dreaming. Our goal originally was to find a few acres of land, and buy a manufactured or modular home. Have you seen them lately?? OMG, they are SO beautiful…WAY different than the shoe boxes I remember from my youth.
Well, that dream started to fizzle when we saw how much land costs. For one thing, we couldn’t find a reasonably (ok, super cheap) priced 2-3 acres. We either found outrageously priced lots, or 100+ acre parcels. Yep… WAY out of our price range.
My husband finally started warming up to the idea of living in a community. I wanted to look at houses that were already built…he liked the idea of building a new home. We began or search with Maronda Homes. We found a community close to my work, with available lots. Of course, the models we liked were out of our price range.
Have you ever noticed that when you’re looking for a house, every option is JUST out of your price range? Yeah, it sucks.
We found our model
We found a model that we could both live with, but of course, we couldn’t afford all of the options we wanted. Builders design the model homes with all of the beautiful options that get you really excited… damn, slackers.
We aren’t necessarily in a rush, so I talked my husband into looking at other builders.
After visiting a few, we found a community that, again, was close to my work. We actually liked this community a little more. There were more open lots, and most of them backed up to the state parks (which means no houses would be built behind them).
Finding our community
On Sunday, we made an appointment to talk to the salesman, Robert, with Adams Homes. He was super nice, and SUPER patient. Have you ever tried to keep 6- and 9-year old boys entertained while you are looking at different models and talking about financing? I have to say both Robert AND the boys were troopers.
Robert walked us through a few homes that were almost completed, and we fell in love. It had every feature we’d been looking for! We drove around the community and found a lot that backed up to the woods.
We’d finally found out new home site… and were preapproved for the loan.
Signing on the dotted line
We picked our colors, cabinets, and carpet… and signed on the dotted line. In 6-8 months, we will officially be homeowners. No more having four people in one room with a half-working a/c. OMG!!
Until the house is built and we complete the mortgage process, we will be in super frugal mode. Stay tuned for our journey. It’s going to be filled with creativity and sacrifice…. LOTS AND LOTS of sacrifice.
As a working mom, and a student, this is going to be a challenge!