Our search for a family home had begun some months before my departure from the UK. We were both searching the internet frantically looking at properties within a 25 mile radius of the airport and offices in Cumberland Boulevard (my husband’s work base). We were hoping to stay in the Cobb County area.
From my apartment in the UK and my husband in his apartment in Smyrna, we searched
independently for suitable properties, still looking at foreclosure homes. Websites that we searched who specialise in foreclosure properties included amongst others: www.hud.pemco.com. and www.ziprealty.com.
After compiling a list of must haves, would like’s and absolute no’s. We then swapped and shared information about potential property candidates that met most of our criteria and price range.
My husband had to do the ‘leg work’ for obvious reasons!
At last, a property that could be ‘the one’, a 4 bedroomed, 3 bathroom, split level foreclosure property in desperate need of lots of T..L.C with some renovation.
The house inspection had been completed, the exceptions report identified some issues
that needed to be addressed, but thankfully there weren’t any major problems.
Welcome to ‘Chez Looker’
Prior to my permanent move, I travelled over to the US to look at the property, to search for a car and to try and have a few days holiday with my husband.
I loved the house with its quirky shaped kitchen and split level design. Go to posts kitchen renovation project 1,2 and 3.
Our search for a car took slightly longer, but I shopped around on the internet and found the one! A Pontiac G6 coupe in silver 1 year old, perfect!
Somewhere to Sleep, something to sit on!
The next search involved furnishings. As we were literally starting from scratch, essential furnishings were desperately needed. I am talking about the very basics as a minimum; a
bed, a couch and dining room table. We chose Haverty’s, www.havertys.com.
Wedding gift monies from our family and friends, were used to purchase other bare necessities of life such as; a kettle, cutlery, crockery, bedding, towels, and so on.
My husband divided his time in the last few weeks between his apartment, work and the
‘new residence’, before my arrival. He worked hard trying to make it habitable, just to freshen the interior up with a little elbow grease and paint.
Ah yes! the paint! He had an idea of having a feature wall in the living area/dining area (open space 1 long wall), he painted it Gypsy Red!!!
He was so pleased with himself. Fortunately, he told me over the telephone (he was going to surprise me). My response was ……(thoughts were to stay calm, he thought he was getting into the spirit of the project). Do you think that bright red and cinnamon (sofa colour) will go together?
The priorities were to connect the gas and electricity, water supply as well as the heating and the air con sytem.
First project: The upstairs bathrooms were outdated, demolition and disposal required!
Here we go!!
From the airport straight to the front door of our home; this is it folks, all the planning, all those weeks, months and 3 years of waiting. I was here at last, embarking on an opportunity of a lifetime.
Oh the wall, on reflection, partly due to the fact that when the sofa was delivered the colors bright red and cinnamon didn’t quite look right, my husband repainted the wall, he chose Raw Cinnabar, to my relief. The paint was still wet!
Some people may say that we took on a huge risk at our time of life, selling up, leaving behind a good job, family and friends. But sometimes, you have to ‘walk a little on the wild-side’.
Do you seize the opportunity of a lifetime? Well folks so far, so good.
I was a Risk Manager in a former life!
Coming next: The Early Days
Come with me and enjoy the ride ! Its bumps, its twists and its turns.
Share with me my journey, discovering what it was like to live without: (all-be-it briefly)
TV, telephone, internet access. My inability and unwillingness to drive – it is the wrong side of the road for goodness sake! My list of priorities and challenges! Did I laugh or cry? Tune in for the next adventure.