I'll try to keep this a "nutshell" version - can explain more in person, if you'd like! This is what memories are made of...or something like that:
The plan was to close the purchase of our new home the Thursday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend. That all went as planned, but it had been raining most of the day and was expected to continue the rest of the afternoon, which wasn't ideal...nor was it the dry weather we'd been praying for.
We'd planned to put the entertainment center, couch, and most of the extra boxes in the basement, but on Bryant's first trip down to do so, he stepped on the carpet and heard a "squish." It was wet halfway into the basement - a lot of wet carpet. We'd also gotten about 8 inches of rain in 36 hours, the front yard was completely saturated, and water was coming over/under/through the front wall of the house. Luckily, my handy husband had already redirected some of the drainage on the sides of the house, so the two side rooms in the basement were not affected. We had fans, wet shop vacs, etc. going in an effort to salvage the carpet in the main room, but alas, it was not in any shape to keep. So, we (mostly my dad and some helpers - thank you!!) tore it up - pad, tack strips, and all - and found this underneath:
|"Wow!" huh? I'd say we'd keep it, since it's back in style after its debut in the '50's, but it's not really salvageable, either, after having carpet pad glued to it, then scraped off.|
...we can ask the seller to pay for some of the necessary remedies, since these issues weren't disclosed to us (this is the short version of that...more details, upon request).
...our realtor is awesome and is still on board with us to keep taking care of the issues at hand - even post-sale.
...we had lots of help right away, so didn't feel totally on our own with this particular "joy" of homeownership.
In the days following, we continued to have several helpers show up in big ways. From cleaning and unpacking to pulling up carpet and installing ceiling fans to building shelves and a sliding barn door! All the projects were things we'd planned to do, at some point, and could've done on our own, but we were so very blessed to have lots of helpers to get so many of them knocked out right away. What a blessing to feel so supported and what an encouragement after the discouragement of a wet basement! We were nearly in tears most of the day as we realized in such a tangible way the time and effort people were willing to give us. It was a beautiful day, and they got a TON done! Huge thanks to those who were involved (or home watching kiddos!)!
Another big thank you for all the well-wishes, offers to help, and to those who have been so gracious to give us housewarming gifts! From gutter guards to power tools and so many thoughtful things in between - we sure do appreciate it all! Here are a few:
It's feeling more and more like home every day, and we're still very excited for the potential this new home holds for us. Thanks for sharing the journey with us. ☺