We’ve been quiet for a while because we’re in limbo. The offer we mentioned at the end of the Sydney story was accepted the next day. There were two contingencies on the offer that we required be satisfied before the sale could complete. One was confirmation on the availability of city water. The other was satisfaction with the result of a land survey.
Water is available – check! The land survey was done last Friday and we were very excited to discover what is included in OUR property. (The pic at the top is of one of the corner survey markers.) I should stop before I get carried away and spill beans I’m not supposed to be sharing. Until the closing lady sings, the property is not ours. But it’s really cool and we’re excited to describe it for everybody. Check back for that later.
To put our property discovery into perspective, we made the offer –
- 33 days after leaving CT
- 21 days after arriving in Silver City
- 8 days after the property was listed on the mls
We were supposed to close on it before Christmas but it looks like the date will get pushed back a little due to nebulous paperwork nonsense.
Last week was a week of waiting…waiting for the survey…waiting to hear back from the town officials regarding water…waiting for the title company to complete the title search…
While twiddling our thumbs, we decided to get some estimates regarding the septic system, foundation installation and driveway excavation. It’s important to meet with multiple people and listen to your gut when you feel good chemistry. We felt that way when we met Bob Smith (not real name), who owns a septic company and does all his own excavation.
Bob was knowledgeable and confident. He knew all the answers to our questions but wasn’t just saying yes to everything we wanted. He appears to have experience with ledge and is fairly confident in which areas of our property we’ll have the best luck installing the septic system and digging the driveway. He’s not worried about the slope or trees or neighbors. All good there.
He’s going to be fun to work with…He’s a real cowboy too – he was wearing a cowboy hat and a large belt buckle (with his name on it) and was unabashedly spitting chewing tobacco. He told us he can prioritize our work for the beginning of January. If all goes to plan, it looks like we’ll have the septic system in and foundation cured by the end of January and we’ll be framing by February.
In Other News
While we wait for the closing, we have been keeping busy with plenty of adventures. Such as…
Discovering Montezuma Quail…we thought there were 4. There turned out to be ~20 hiding in the grass.
Napping, watching movies and relaxing
Making slow carb/paleo ice cream…it’s AMAZING and oh so satisfying
Feeding the dogs in new and challenging places…Trooper usually eats on a ground-level, flat rock 🙂
Discovering fun chew toys in the woods
Capturing amazing cloud photos
Going on great hikes
Seeing funny and strange things
And of course, eating amazing food
Merry Christmas Everybody!
We’ll be celebrating the holiday with my Aunt and family in Scottsdale, AZ. My birthday is this Wednesday (the big 27!) so maybe we’ll do something fun mid-week as well. Since things are likely to change little between now and Christmas, we’ll just say… Merry Christmas everybody!!