Catching up

We’re officially residents of Lakeway! Last time I left off, we were just about to move. Well… we moved, and we’re getting all settled in. We’ve been in our new house for just over 3 weeks now. Time is seriously flying by. Since we didn’t take any time off from work, most of our free time has been spent getting the house together and organizing rooms. Yes, we’re still doing that! I don’t know how people move in one weekend and are completely settled by the next. Not us!

So, a couple of updates to catch you up on…

Einstein moving: I wanted to mention our movers, Einstein moving. We chose Einstein after asking Facebook for recommendations, and a couple of people mentioning them. They had great reviews and quoted us lower than some other big name movers so it was the right choice. Hiring movers is not cheap, but it’s so worth it! And if you find a company that does an amazing job, and is more affordable than the others, than it is worth all the money! Our guys were super friendly and had a great attitude, which can be tough when you’re moving in 100 degrees temps in Texas. Poor guys! Not only were they nice, but all of our things were wrapped with blankets, then shrink wrapped and everything arrive in perfect condition! I was really pleased with the quality of service and how they handle their clients.

We closed on our new house on 7/30/15!! Of course I had to get our picture. Monumental day for us, folks!
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We’ve done two little projects so far. Painted the garage floor with special stain resistant paint and painted a shelf to go on top of the washer and dryer. Very minor projects, but very helpful and necessary. Hopefully the garage will stay clean and shelf will keep things from falling behind the washer/dryer.
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laundry room
I have been on a crazy shopping spree… (oops!) but really only buying things that are necessary… Besides my trip to Hobby Lobby. Those things were not necessary, but all so adorable! They have really turned their store into much more than just a craft store! Also, I’ve gone to Ikea more in my life than I care to admit. You know, I really don’t like that store. You can’t really beat their price when it comes to curtain hanging hardware though.
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Lots of hanging going on in the house. I feel like when you start to hang stuff, it starts feeling more homey and official. We’ve hung some blinds, curtain rods, pictures, hooks, etc. We are buying blinds little by little and installing them as we go. The office and downstairs guest bathroom are complete! Next up, dining area bay window treatments.
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hanging stuff
laundry room/loft area(curtains coming soon!)/entry

It seems as if we’ve come up with a little tradition around our house… Sundays are spent at the lake. Or at least while the temperatures are still in the 90’s. Although we didn’t get to participate last weekend, it has become such a joy and much needed break from everything. It’s nice that it’s free, it’s chill and it’s 2 miles from the house.
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lake day
There are so many more things I could catch you up on, but I think this is a good stopping point. I’ll be sharing more on my instagram account if you want to stay up to date on the #hamihome. We finally have internet now, so hopefully posts won’t be so sparse! Thanks for stopping by!

Goodbye Jordan Lane

Today we say goodbye to our house on Jordan Lane.
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We closed on Jordan about two weeks ago, and since our buyer was flexible on her move-in date, we were able to lease back until we closed on the new house. It’s been a wild ride, this whole selling/buying process and I’m so happy that it’s coming to a close. I have no doubts that the new buyer will love Jordan as much as we do.
Sidenote: I actually know the lady buying our house! She and I played kickball against each other a few times and we go to the same gym. Austin is such a small world, I swear!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit sad leaving this home. Jordan Lane holds a lot of memories for us. It was Scott’s very first home. It’s gone from bachelor pad and roommates, to newlywed/married life. It’s the only home that #macandmelvin know. So much love and effort and work has gone into ol’ Jordan Lane. A specials thanks goes to Jonathan and his amazing woodworking skillz for all the custom cabinetry throughout the house, my mom for helping me paint the entire house the brightest blue and green because it needed “more light”…haha and of course, thanks to Scott for sharing his first home with me, and for helping make it “ours” when we got engaged.

We have had some great memories with friends and family over at Jordan Lane and hope to continue the good times in the new casa. You may have to drive a little bit further to get to us, but I can promise you that you’ll appreciate the bigger space for Super Bowl parties! ;) (cough cough super bowl 2014)

As much as I’ll miss Jordan Lane, I can’t help but be so excited about our new house, new neighborhood and the new memories we’ll be making. I think it’s going to be a completely different lifestyle out by the lake, and I can’t wait to experience it!…Now who wants to help us move!?!  ;)

House Update!

A lot has happened since my last house update so I thought it would be fun to play catch up!

The old house

In my last update, I left off with our completed todo list, and shared on instagram that our house was officially on the market!
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The house went live on 6/12 around 5:00 pm. We showed the house while we were out of town in Costa Rica, which worked out really well! It’s very hard to keep a house show ready when you have two dogs.

Before we knew it, it was Tuesday 6/16 and we had 4 offers on the house. Our realtor worked with us while we were out of the country by giving us advice over the phone, issuing docusign contracts so we could legally sign documents online and worked with our buyer, which was such a blessing. With a little bit of negotiating, and a few back and forths, we were under contract within 4 days! It was amazing! There was definitely some celebratory cocktails had while we were in Costa Rica!

Once we got back in town, the house hunt was officially on! We knew that we’d need to find a house quick, but didn’t want to feel like we were settling or making an impulse decision. We have been searching MLS like hawks for weeks and finally put a little list together to go check out some of our favorite houses.

The new house

Some things you should know about the requirements that we both wanted for our new house:

  • Good school district
  • Updated house
  • A big yard with lots of trees
  • No master planned community
  • Still be in Austin
  • 2000-2500 sqft
  • Smoker friendly* (…as in Scott would be able to store the smoker in the backyard. He says this wasn’t a requirement, but I’m not buying it!)

We saw 5 houses that day, 1 of which I adored, 1 of which Scott adored, and the other three were meh…But out of all 5, only one of the houses fit our requirements.

Scott’s favorite. I only realized this after a few tears and a little bit of anxiety. Buying a house is scary!

After a week to think about our decision, I was on board as well. It just made the most sense for both of us.

We made an offer and after some negotiating, it was accepted! As of now, we’re in the inspection phase(happened yesterday). The inspection came back decent with a few concerns but not something we’re running away from, so that’s a good thing. Next step, we’re hopeful that the builder will fix some of the issues and then we’ll be on to closing!
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Closing should be July 30th and the move will happen between July 31st-Aug 3rd. That is IF everything goes according to plan! Prayers are accepted and appreciated. :)

A few reasons why this house won us over:

  • It’s still in Austin…At first Scott wanted to buy in an area like Spicewood or Dripping Springs. I wasn’t quite ready to make such a drastic move. This house is just far enough for Scott, and just close enough for me…The perfect compromise!
  • A large lot with well developed trees.
  • There’s a perfect spot for the smoker.
  • ~2300 sqft
  • Updated house…I typically like older homes, but the brand new feeling of the house is a great feeling! I love that no one has lived in it.
  • An island in the kitchen, good storage space, a mudroom, an outdoor deck on the back of our room and we get to pick our appliances.
  • The house is located on a road less traveled and backs to a bird sanctuary which makes it incredibly peaceful. Also, the bird sanctuary is owned by the Travis Audubon Society which means no other houses will ever be developed behind us.
  • Access to Lake Austin…I guess this means we’ll have to get a boat ;)
  • No HOA

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And because I was there yesterday, I had to get another pic! Can you tell I’m pretty excited!? Come on July 30th!!!