We're still not out of hot water, though. In order to have a chance at selling where we need to sell to come out clean (walking away from closing without any money changing hands), we've got a long list of things to do before mid-March, our target time to list. And by long, I mean 20+ not minor things to do to the house. Deep breath.
Most of the things that need to be done are very inexpensive, or even free since we already have materials(read: paint) on hand. Only two of the items cost $50 or more. Unfortunately, one of those items will be at least $2000. Any guesses what that might be? You got it...the roof.
If I could talk to the nineteen year old me right now, I'd have some pretty strong words. First of all, I'd tell myself to get a decent realtor. Like, not my completely inexperienced self. I'd also tell myself to find a house that's actually a good deal, not just one we can afford. When it comes down to it, I'd tell myself that it would be better to rent until I grow a brain. One that's not solely ruled by emotion. Heck, I'd probably even tell myself to quit watching Property Ladder, Flip That House, Flip This House, and every other investment real estate show out there. Those things are hazardous to your (financial) health.
Oh well, in five years, I'm sure I'll have another set of decisions to bemoan. In the meantime, I guess I had better just do the best I can with what I've given myself.
Another silver lining about this list from h*** is that I'll have plenty to share with you guys! For now, though, I'm off to start my "homework". ha ha.