Buying Our Charlottesville Home: Part 5 (The End)

By the middle of June, the broken septic tank at the house we wanted was replaced by a new tank, but the crew working on the installation had disappeared for a week. The tank wasn't completely hooked up and it was exposed. The septic company's equipment was in the backyard at the house surrounded by piles of dirt.

Our second projected closing date was around the corner. Gorgeous sunny days, perfect for outdoor work, were wasted. Just as rain crept back into the forecast, the septic company reappeared. Everyone was telling me that we were closing as planned, but I was certain that there was no way for it to happen. Honestly, I had flashbacks to the day before our wedding, when everyone kept telling me it wasn't going to rain and I knew that it was.

I felt like I was being dragged towards closing.

The second closing date came and went. The work wasn't done. A third closing date was proposed, but there was no way I could make it.

Weeks prior, I had scheduled surgery to have all of my wisdom teeth removed. At the time, I couldn't fathom that we wouldn't be in the house by that time. I thought I'd recover surrounded by our familiar things, unpacked and in our new home. I wound up recovering in the sublet. It wasn't ideal, but it was fine.

Maybe it was a good thing that we weren't in the house yet. I might have been frustrated that my rough recovery was preventing me from doing projects. The medication I was on made me extremely tired. When I had to venture out to go to the post office a few days after the surgery, I wound up gripping the counter to get through the conversation with the postal worker.

The nitrous was nice, though. So was losing five pounds because I had to drink my meals.

A fourth closing date was proposed and that morning, our seller's attorney let our attorney know that they didn't have anyone available to do the closing. Wait. What?

This isn't rocket science. It's a closing. On the seller's side, these things go really quickly. When I sold the condo, I think I was done with the paperwork in 20 minutes. The buyers spend a little bit more time signing documents.

I told our attorney's paralegal that we just can't drag this out anymore. We had to close. No more delays. She called the seller's attorney and they worked things out. That afternoon, we found ourselves here:

I sat in that room holding my swollen, black-and-blue face while we went through the documents. At one point, the paralegal come in with something and, as she told me several days later when we wound up at the same party, she thought I was crying over the closing. In reality, I was almost delirious between the pain and what the medications were doing to me.


We walked out with keys. Shiny, silver keys.

Don't worry...we re-keyed the house. This key is now useless.

Four days later, I came off the medications and felt so much better! I guess I shouldn't have followed the directions so carefully.  I should have weened myself off them sooner. I went from lethargic and in pain to up and packing within 12 hours.

The seller's agent had picked up the "For Sale" sign by the time we went to the house with the first load of boxes and our realtor Jim Duncan came by with a sweet sign that announced us to the neighborhood. We thought it was such a nice touch and we even saw cars slow down to read the sign during those first few days.

Oh, that first closing date was right before our first anniversary. We thought we'd be celebrating in the new house, but we wound up going out to our wedding venue for lunch and then out for dinner.

Once we were in the new house, our wedding cake baker, Anita Gupta of Maliha Creations, made us our anniversary cake and put a glittery, gold key on top. So sweet!

So there you have it. Our frustrating home buying process is over. We've been in the house for a few weeks now and I can FINALLY write about what is happening around here.

There were honestly points when I thought we'd walk away from this house. There were points when I wanted to go back to our condo community and start all over again with another unit. Did you think we would end up in the house or did you think we'd walk away?

Next time I'll either share a floor plan or talk about our move and first few projects. If you have a preference, let me know.


  1. That cake is well deserved! Thanks so much for posting about your home selling/buying situation. As someone still contemplating future home ownership, I've really appreciated getting to see what the experience can be like. Can't wait to see your new home projects!

  2. I saw the photos on FB from the signing, and the cake, but I was practically still on pins & needles waiting to hear how it all worked out. I'm so glad things finally came through for you, frustrating as they were!

    Just from reading it seems like there is so much to do in that house! I'm dying to see your projects, but I'm torn...part of me says just get down to telling us what you're going to do, but I'd also love to see the floor plan to be able to envision how it all fits together as you go.

    So I guess what I'm trying to say is, I'm really excited to see more either way and I can't wait!

  3. Oh, I was lobbying for walking away pretty often.

  4. The wisdom teeth part was hell. BUT I'm really glad to finally be rid of them.

  5. Whoo hoo for another closing! I'm not sure our realtor considers us patient...we were texting, tweeting, and emailing constantly during all of those. It was crazy!

  6. I'm so glad to see your name again!! I don't have your skill with woodworking, but I'm going to do my best to get this place back into shape!

  7. I've been following the whole process with baited breath--honestly, up until this post I was about 60% sure you were going to give up and walk away!! I hope having the house is worth it, and I can't wait to hear all about your move and projects! Also, that cake is beautiful!

  8. What a frustrating experience! And with the wisdom teeth thrown into the mix, it sounds like a nightmare.

  9. carrie @ brick city loveAugust 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    GUHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. What a process!!

    But - YAY! You're IN!!! That's exciting!

  10. This was an epic story. Now I want to see that house!!!!!

  11. FINALLY! I saw that Anita posted a photo of your cake and I just KNEW it was for y'all!

    And having your wisdom teeth taken out in the midst of it all? Wow. You have had quite a rough few months! Congratulations! Can't wait to see what projects you all tackle!

  12. wow those sellers def didn't deserve such patient buyers. but so glad its over for you. excellent post. cat pic nice touch:) can't wait to hear about move and first projects as that's in my 60 day future too:)

  13. Wow Jeannine you really had a time going through your buying process :( but so happy you found a new home that is terrific! I can't wait to see what you do with the place I bet it will be stunning!!

  14. Congrats!! Really have enjoyed reading about the process! Can't wait to see the floor plan and paint colors, decor, etc!! Would love to know your favorite part about the house :)


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