Just a matter of weeks ago my husband and I were sitting on the couch watching something mindless on tv. Myself heavily pregnant and him searching real estate listing on his iPad. We had looked and renting and rent was hideously expensive, like $700-$800 a week expensive and he turned to me and said “Screw paying somebody else’s mortgage, I’m going to buy a house”. I didn’t move from my position on the couch and just said “Yeah right, just make sure it has air conditioning and a pool”.
Over the next few days he would point the ipad in my direction and say what about this one, or this one or this one and I would look and tell him what I thought and then he would move onto the next. Sometimes showing me the houses two or three times just to see if I changed my opinion on the matter a few minutes later.
One day he showed me this doozy of a property on the north side of town. Brick house, big back yard, a hideous black kitchen, a teeny little bathroom and black just everywhere..the windows, the floor, the railings about the windows. It was seriously scary. The price wasn’t bad and the area was where we wanted to be but we could have afforded to spend more and buy something that didn’t require any work at all but it would have meant more money out of our pockets at the end of the week.
I could see the clogs ticking in his little head and the next few days he worked like a busy bee behind the scenes to get everything lined up in a row. He spoke to our bank manager and our solicitor and then then real estate company and a then one night he came home and said “I put an offer in on that house and it was accepted”. I made a smart remark and went back to my tv show. I totally didn’t believe him until the paper work showed up in the mail a few days later.
I saw the house for the first time when I arrived in Darwin and Luigi saw it a week after me. I still thought it was ugly but it wasn’t ask scary as I imagined and it had good bones and definitely has a lot of potential. All of the changes are simple cosmetic changes, some that can be done straight away like painting walls and adding heavy curtains to allow for sleep ins on the weekend and some that will happen over time once we’ve had the time to settle in and really get a feel for the place.
We officially moved in on Friday and I now sit here surrounded by boxes. This is the last time I ever intend to be unpacking boxes ever again. It’s going to take a while for us to pull this place together and make it into what we want it to be as it’s seriously lacking storage and the first thing on the list is a massive man shed in the back yard. It does however look a lot less ugly with all of our stuff inside, boxes and all..my husband may have brought this house but together we are going to make it a home.