Category Archives: Buying a Home

Kitchen Upgrades

Well, the latest development in our Upgrades saga is over our Kitchen. K and I had decided that we wanted under valance lighting, as well as a fridge build out/Gable. I had been emailing back and forth with our Interior Decorator at Terra View to get pricing for things (I have a crazy spreadsheet that tabulates all of our costs, tells us the 5% deposit cost, mortgage cost and even the CMHC fees we’d need to pay), and casually mentioned that we wanted these two items.

We were almost too late to get the valance lighting because our electrical rough ins start on Monday. I quickly got a change order signed for that and then asked about the gable. Apparently we were already too late for that because framing had been done on the bulk heads.

This was now almost the third time we’ve been told that we were too late to get things/didn’t know what was standard vs. optional (Shower, Hardwood Stairs, Pot Lights) so I was starting to get angry. I sent a “strongly worded” email that basically said I wasn’t impressed with how things were going because we had been finding out about things by luck. The interior decorator was awesome, and spoke to the site supervisor for us so that we could have our useful cupboards above the fridge. Needless to say, i was very excited for the rest of the day.

If you’re in the market to buy a new build home, make sure you ask for someone to walk you through the model homes and tell you what is standard, what is optional and WHEN you need to decide on these things. It’s probably much easier with a house that isn’t under construction yet! Don’t be afraid to ask questions either! For the longest time K would make me email the Sales Agent every day and I was getting upset because I didn’t want to annoy her. We’re giving these people a crap ton of money, so they should be able to put up with a few months of me being a pain in the ass.

On Saturday I’m going to head over to the model home and try and pick out all the things I want come colour selection time!

Let there be light!


The night we handed over our cheque, we also spent some time looking at the model homes because I wanted to plan out lighting fixtures.

If you’re ever buying a house, make sure you ask about lighting fixtures. I was so surprised to learn that half of the light locations in the model homes were not standard. I’m not even talking about the fixtures themselves, but the wiring.

The great room didn’t have any lights in it, so we opted to add in 6 pot lights.

The kitchen also didn’t come with anything, so we’re putting in 4 pot lights there, as well as a fixture over our breakfast bar (I’m saving my pennies for this mason jar pendant from Pottery Barn).

The dining area comes standard with a decent looking chandelier, but I’ll swap that out eventually for something that goes with the jars.

All the other rooms have some sort of fixture in them, which is nice. We added in 2 more pot lights to the window seat in the master bedroom, and 1 pot light in our master shower, and 1 in the upper bathtub.

We really liked the look of the pot lights compared to having a million fixtures in such a confined area.

In the next month we’ll be meeting with the interior decorator to make all of our colour selections, and we also get to do a pre-drywall inspection of the house!

6 more months!!

Longest week ever!

Tomorrow is the day we finally meet with the Sales Agent and hand over our very large cheque. This last week has gone by SOOOOOOOO slowly! Hopefully the next 7 months don’t follow the same pattern.

K and I decided on our appliance upgrades, so now we just have to wait for our appointment with the interior decorator to get everything solidified. I’ve been Pinteresting like a mad woman trying to get some inspiration for our home. I want to make sure we’re 100% confident on the choices we make with the decorator.

Lately I’ve been focusing on the office because I think I’m going to turn it into a hybrid office/craft space/makeup room. It’s one of the first things I want to try and get set up once we move in.

We’ve also officially decided on a move in date of September 19th! I’m going to take about 10 days off work to get unpacked and settled. This also gives me some extra time to spend cleaning up at the Condo. I’m always seriously worried that I’m going to get in trouble for putting holes in the wall for shelving (that ended up just falling right out anyway).

I’m going to try and take some photos of the house progress tomorrow! Hopefully the weather cooperates with my plans :)


Real Estate Lawyers

Arkell Springs Kitchen & Dining Room

I’m going to start this post of by telling you that if you’re buying a home and you don’t have a lawyer, you need to find one. Like yesterday.

I don’t know what we would have done without ours. Thankfully he was easy to find because he’s a friend of K’s dad, and he graciously made the call for us.

He sat with us for almost 2 hours going through every single line of our agreement to make sure we understood all the closing costs and all the things we’d need to do when we finally got our home. I had done a ton of googling and there was just sooooo much information I was incredibly overwhelmed. He answered all of our questions, told us what to try and get for free, and made us a nice little chart of all the fees we should expect come closing.

Since our place is a townhome condominium we also have an 80 page condo doc to read. He skimmed through that for us to make sure there wasn’t any crazy restrictions, and I have to admit I have yet to get through page 1. I think I might start a new business writing Coles Notes Condo Docs. I’d make a killing!

We have until February 14th to close the deal – so we’re waiting on an appointment time with he Sales Agent to drop off our cheque and book our appointments with the Interior Decorator!