I first realized this when our home offer was accepted by the owner and the contract was sent to a real estate attorney, not a title company. We were told by our Realtor that this was the norm for Georgia. I trusted him, because he was highly recommended by family members.
Everything went smoothly; the process from opening escrow to closing only took 21 days. At the time we were living on the Redwood Coast in northern California, so everything was handled electronically, except for the final documents that were sent via overnight mail. I love modern technology, don’t you?
I knew in order for me to live comfortably in the house, certain changes needed to take place as far as remodeling the kitchen and dining area. I had to tell my husband that I couldn’t live there forever, that it would be a temporary home, since the house could only be remodeled so much. For instance, the ceilings were too low. I was used to homes with high open ceilings and rooms. This one severely lacked in that department.
The house was built in 1985 and the county did not require permits to build a structure then. Our remodeling efforts for the kitchen and dining room took approximately three months time to almost completion. My husband finishing the very last stages himself.
During this time, we had to change all the additions by the previous owner in what was once the sun room. A non-vented propane heater, which was used for heat for safety issues, was removed. Sliding glass doors that were used as windows turned on its side were taken out, another leading out to nowhere, a small hill down below. We couldn’t get insurance coverage until this was changed.
Our kitchen was completely overhauled, with new appliances and a custom-built center island measuring the dimension of the old space in the middle of it all. It is large, 6 by 8 feet with bar stools around two sides of it and a double sink. It is comfortable; several people can be helping the cook at once without getting in each other’s way.
We have lived in our house longer than I promised myself I would. I am happy and at peace here. One thing we know for sure is if there will be a next move the house will be move-in ready.