When we were under contract for our new home. Sorry let me correct that. When we were under contract for our fixer-upper. We really had no idea how much work it would really be. The carpet in our house was atrocious! We did not know how bad it really was. The appraiser could not tell either. The guy said that the carpet needed to be cleaned or replaced. Well guess what the seller wanted to do? He wanted to go the cheaper route and pay to clean the carpet. There were crazy stains in all different places! It was hard to know where to start. we knew that the carpets were really bad. So we let the seller clean the carpet at their expense and My brother in-law and with my wife snuck in and cleaned the carpets again. So the carpets were cleaned twice! They looked so much better.
We were so excited that we were going to finally get a home of our own. The problem was that we were living with the wife parents and the house needed loads of work to be done on it. I was also working full time with a 1 hour commute. The wife was has two kids under the age of 4. What does that mean? It means that we have to do as much as we can when we can.
One of the hardest thing about buying your first home is the wait. It seems like the whole process takes years to accomplish. When in fact it is only taking a month or two.
Sorry back on topic.
Well we knew the carpets were bad and needed to be replaced with little kids and all we did not like the idea of keeping the carpet. So we had to make a decision on carpet or wood floor. The wife wanted to re carpet the bedrooms, and put wood in the rest of the upstairs. I didn’t agree with her and wanted wood everywhere upstairs. She thought that wood would be nice but expensive. She was also worried about spills in the kitchen that wouldn’t get cleaned up and the floor wouldn’t last.
Trying to decide what the best option for us was difficult, we decided to compare prices. The wife went to many different flooring stores around town to compare prices. Carpet was so expensive! I knew wood flooring was expensive but I had no idea carpet was so crazy expensive! (They told me it was because oil was so high, but now it’s not so high and it’s still expensive!).
We ended up finding a wood floor that we really liked and if we installed it ourselves it would be about the same or less than carpet! So that is what we decided to do! The only problem was that when you buy wood flooring it has to “cure”. What does that mean? It means that all the wood has to be in the same environment of where you are going to install it or it will shrink or grow and cause problems in the future. They say it needs to be in the home 5 days before you start to install. 5 days!!! That is so long. I needed out! The in-laws are nice and all but I need some me space and I needed it now.
So 5 days before our close date we decided to take a big risk and buy the wood and put it all in one of the closets of the home. This is a big no no because you do not own the home and if something happens to it you are up a creek without a paddle. However, we decided it was worth the risk.
I have got to go and will finish tomorrow.