I never actually saw any of the houses we bid on before submitting our offers; there simply wasn't enough time. We relied on S's parents and digital photos. I originally spotted Our Little Beehive on RedFin, but S didn't want to view it because it sits on a corner lot and technically doesn't have a "back" yard. Thankfully for us, it was for sale by owner, and for some reason that meant it sat on the market for nearly seven days; just long enough for us to give it a second look online. When S found the listing a second time he immediately called our agent Larry Laroche (who was infinitely patient with our year-long search and always willing to preview homes for us; we highly recommend Larry to anyone buying or selling in NoVA) and went to view the house with his mom. I was in Maine and again, relying on digital images.
After a little back and forth negotiation we were under contract on Our Little Beehive. The first time I saw the house was during our home inspection. Everyone held their breath as I gave the Hive two thumbs up.
We closed on the house on December 1, 2009 and moved in on December 15. We've done a lot of work since then.
Exterior - November 2009
Exterior - May 2010
New sun room windows, landscape work, X's removed from porch, new porch light, new lawn, new black shutters.
Shed &Dilapidated Fences - November 2009
Old shed & fences removed, new fences, new shed, new grass, jack-hammered driveway and replaced with lawn.
Living Room - November 2009
Living Room - July 2010
Dining Room - November 2009
Dining Room - November 2010
Lower and upper wall paint, ceiling paint, new light fixture, and another new light fixture(!), drapes sewn by F.
Kitchen - November 2009
Kitchen - February 2010
Pantry - November 2009
Pantry - February 2010
Sun Room - November 2009
Sun Room (Office) - July 2010
Upstairs Hallway - November 2009
Upstairs Hallway - May 2010
Guest Room - November 2009
Guest Room - July 2010
Paint, more paint, closet organizing system, faux wood blinds.
Master Bedroom - November 2009
Master Bedroom - January 2011
Little Room - November 2009
Little Room (Feeney's Room) - January 2011
Bathroom - November 2009
Bathroom - January 2011
Basement - November 2009
Basement - December 2009
Basement January 2011 - Work in progress!
__________________________________________________Basement Den - January 2011
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