Yes. But our plan somewhat changed after spending three days looking at homes throughout Chicago.
Let me start by saying we never had any intentions of buying a home that needs a major rehaul. Sure, we thought we could update a kitchen, possibly a bathroom or two. But a rehab? Absolutely not. That was until we saw that our spending cap still required updating. So, after spotting a house in the historic district of Lakewood Balmoral
(the perfect neighborhood with amazing houses up and down the block, unbeatable resale values, and a short walk to restaurants, boutiques and even the lake), we decided to take the plunge.
We'll be closing the first week of September quickly followed by Greene and Proppe
starting on the house a few weeks later. Being experts in historical rennovation, and a firm that can handle everything from soup to nuts, both Chris and I are excited about them managing the project (especially after meeting Thom on Friday before making an offer). Sure, we'll pay a bit more. But from what we can tell, it will all be worth it. Not only will we have the perfect house for us, it's a house we'll be proud of eight to ten months down the road.
All of which means we'll be searching for a small apartment to rent once we return in November or December. But knowing what's in store for us at the end of Spring, our pain and suffering will be tolerable. And as far as our relationship goes, if we've survived moving to Paris, then Munich, I have a feeling we can withstand anything.