Welcome to my “New Home”…when I say new, I only mean NEW to me.
My home was built in 2004, as a new build. I am the second owner of what I will lovingly refer to as “the family homestead”.
You see it was my only siblings, home. My Brother purchased a nice flat piece of property in the suburbs of Washington, PA and then found a local builder, 84 Lumber Builders.
He chose a custom built Traditional Ranch home, 1,582 Sqft. The design is called, The Wellsburg. We are very close to a town in West Virginia called Wellsburg. The builders Designs names are locally related. A little bit of history, LOL. Come on in and view my floor plan. It is rich with vaulted ceilings and an open floor plan concept. I have to admit it has taken me some time to embrace the openness of the heart of the home…foyer, living room, dining room and the awesome kitchen.
If any of you are fortunate enough to have a home built you know what an overwhelming job that is. Not just the building part but there are so many decisions to be made; picking out cabinets, flooring, fixtures, lighting, heating, mill works just to name a few.
My brother was no exception to this, I have to say he did an outstanding job and I’m not a bit surprised. His background was as an Owner of a 47yr. Real Estate and Appraisal Business. For himself, he chose only the best and now for me all that was needed to make this house a home was to take his ideas and make it my own.
This home has good solid bones and all it really was going to need was TLC. I have plenty of that to go around. I am what I would consider an EXPERT @ dispersing TLC to homes. Having just moved from my 1973 (1100 sq.ft.) Mobile Home, in Arizona.
So I packed up 7 rooms of Farmhouse and Shabby Chic decor and moved in….. I then made arrangements for two very important contractors to view my home; Home Inspector and Property Surveyor.
Because it was a family home and estate, all transactions were different than using a Realtor, I already knew what the home looked like and basically was buying the home “As Is”.
The bank does do an appraisal, which is necessary, but does not require a home inspection. This is strictly up to the buyer.
Land Engineering & Surveying–
I chose a company that had been in business for 40 years, the Owner had grown up in this area and knew everything there was to know about surveying. This was the most painless task I had undertaken. A sidenote; I think it is important to talk to your neighbors on either side and behind your property (if appliacable). I think it is just a common courtesy and gives you an opportunity to get to know your neighbors. After all, you’ll be seeing a lot of each other in the future. Right?
The home inspector I chose was very thorough and concise. As I held my breath, we sat down to talk. He pulled out his report….. I was told it had only a few minor inexpensive fixes. What a relief. I can now move on.
Well I guess you’re wondering why all of this conversation about this home structure, land and my family. Well if you’re going to get to know me and where I live you have to know where I started from.
At this point, I will close with..as the infamous “Porky Pig” would say.
I have to go inside now and ready the home for the next visit “His Not Mine…Taste and Style”.
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