01:12 pm - And what a long, strange trip it's been Guess what? As of today about 4:20 PM Friday, (yes, really) I'm a HOMEOWNER! For the first time, which frankly I am a little embarassed about at age 35. But nevertheless, no more rent! I feel like I graduated. (Am I a grown-up now?)
(More pics available if you click this one.)
I am so freaking excited. I can't wait to be moved out of my dingy man-cave of an apartment and into MY HOUSE. =)
Unsolicited advice: Get the home owner's warranty for at least the first year in case something major worked during inspection but quits after you use it once or twice (appliances, air conditioning, heating, etc...)
Our air went out soon after we moved in. With the warranty, it was just $70 deductible and the money for a new concrete pad to meet code.
Actually, the last homeowner's warranty is still good until September (and transferred to me). Haven't really decided for sure about extending it any further. I tend to kinda be a pay-as-you-go sorta guy.
Not to mention the hideous financial waste that rent is. If I'd bought a house - however mean and unimpressive - 10 years ago, I'd be worth $80K-100K more today without having actually had to spend a penny more of my income.
Congratulations! And you don't have to be a grown up just because you have a house. I have a kid, and I'm not a grown up. Although, I guess if you wanted to be a grown up, you could always blame it on the house!