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Walk-through

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Before moving in we did a walk-through of the condo to make sure things were in order and to see if there's anything that needed to be fixed. Not everything can be fixed and not everything will be perfect so I didn't want to expect too much. You know when you buy a shirt and you make sure there's no stray thread? No problem cause you just grab another shirt until you find no flaws! Not the case here.

Before we started the walk-through I bought this pretty tape. It makes taping things a lot more fun. Aaron and I walked around the condo and taped anything and everything we saw - dents, missing paint, floor molding mishaps, missing grout, smoothness of door...anythinggggg. We were picky and we knew not everything will be fixed by the builders but at least we can remember to fix it ourselves.

We also checked every electrical plug to make sure they were working.

And we opened all drawers to make sure it was working properly.

Tips for Packing

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We are very slow to pack. I thought we were going at a good pace but the night before we had to move, I didn't think we could finish on time. My parents helped us pack and we just stuffed boxes and threw away a lot of things. Yay to buying new things though! Here are some tips I've gathered. Half of these I didn't do and wish I did.

  1. Buy boxes - don't be frugal. Home Depot sells mediums boxes for under $2. I collected Amazon boxes for 4 months thinking that it would be enough. But it wasn't enough and the boxes just cluttered our apartment.
  2. Label boxes - top and all sides. When you move, you stack the boxes so it's hard to tell what it's in each box. We labeled our boxes with who it belonged to, what's in the box, and what room it should go in.
  3. Bag of cleaning supplies - we set aside these things so that we can clean our home before we unpack our belongings.
  4. Bag of food supplies and utensils - essential for those long hours of moving.
  5. Week's worth of clothes - after packing all our clothes, it just becomes a hassle to have to sort through boxes to find your clothes.
  6. Hire movers - the best tip I can give. We still moved a bit but this took a lot of stress away. We didn't strain our backs and we just directed the movers to move the boxes where they should go. All of our stuff were moved safely too. It took about 7 hours total.

After moving all our things I wanted to call it quits and never move again. From packing to finally moving things, it becomes a hassle. I'm just excited that we're done with that part. Now to unpacking!

Reasons for buying THIS condo

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Buying a condo was never a choice for Aaron and I. We wanted to just buy a home where we can live until we die. Condo's aren't ideal because we want to have a huge humongous family. Kidding, kidding...kidding. Just as many as we can afford. And knowing that we'll be "sharing" a space with other people was not attractive at all. But behold, we are going to be living in a condo for at least 8 years or until we can afford to buy a house. Here are a couple of reasons why we bought THIS condo.

  1. Location - it's on Main St. in Alhambra where there are lots of restaurants and shopping, a movie theater and some bars. It's a block or two away from KBBQ, shaved snow, karaoke, and best of all...boba! When I was in high school I thought it would be so cool to live in New York and live in a loft above restaurants...this is so not NYC but I can pretend. This is as urban as I can get without getting frustrated at limited parking and crowds.
  2. Style - we don't know what words describe our style yet but we know for sure we like wood and white. Our place has white kitchen cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The flooring is wood or what looks like it...I don't care if we're deceived. It looks like it so that's all that matters. But I'm whatever about the granite on the kitchen and bathroom counters. Maybe one day we'll change it to wood.
  3. Investment - our hope is to eventually move out of this condo and rent it out. Aaron and I don't know much about investment and we don't like to take risks but after talking to my parents, we thought this would be a good place to start. We can live in the ham life a bit longer and enjoy the proximity of entertainment and good asian food and then we can jet out and live the old suburban life, which I'm looking forward to.
  4. Proximity - this reason is more of a plus. My grandma moved to Alhambra first, then my brother and his wife, then my parents...and now us. It's nice to know our family is less than 5 minutes away from each other. And that'll be helpful if we ever need babysitting help...or if we need (and want) to babysit my nephew :)

So there you go. Some updates to leave with you: we are currently packing up our things and hoping to move soon. So you're getting a live update!

A dream house?

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We recently made an announcement that we bought a condo in Alhambra and we are so anxious! It was undoubtedly God's work. We've been dreaming of owning a house since we got married so our mind was always buy a HOUSE (not a condo) and nothing less than that. Here is a list of our MUST HAVES and what really happened:

Our list of MUST HAVES were all we can think about. Every home we looked at, I was visually check marking this list in my mind...5 bedrooms? Good. But $600k? No thank you. Our wants v. what we got was not close at all. So it was such a surprise and blessing to us when God led us to this condo and when we thought YES this is it. He leads us to unexpected things.

On Friday I'll be sharing WHY we decided to buy our condo.

Our Big Announcement!

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Yes!! We are sooo very excited that we found a place to live and own! After 6 months, we found a place we love and are about to close escrow. It's a blessing that it's ONLY been 6 months. We've heard and now know that house hunting can be exhausting...and though the first home we placed a bid on did not go thru escrow, we're glad on the outcome.

I'll be sharing the process of buying a home and starting anew! Expect to read about Aaron and our struggles, what we looked for in purchasing a home, and most importantly...you'll get to see our home and how we decide on stylizing it! We're both very excited to make our home inviting, us, and prettttyy. Yes, it's going to be good! And we're excited to have more parties and fun.