Showing posts from April, 2018

My First Open House, or The Basement From Hell

I went to an open house.
I'm in no way ready to put an offer in on a house, but it was a cute one I saw on the MLS, and I thought, why not? I'll get to see a neighborhood I could live in, get experience looking at homes, see features I like, blah blah.

Within five minutes of the scheduled start time (I was there ten early, because of who I am as a person), there were no less than two couples, one with a child, and four other people meandering through this house.
The Salt Lake market is absolutely insane. (This house listed at $229,000.)
I really liked it though. Most of the issues I had were easily fixable with paint (that red door...), although I definitely don't like the weird yellow siding on the front (idk what that's called).

Black trim? I. Am. A. Fan. Paired with the white walls, it was super clean looking and was kind of a statement. I probably would do the top trim white, and then the bottom black, but I wouldn't be rushing to change it as soon as I moved i…

Craigslist Finds

Hoooooo boy.

Around these parts we have something called KSL. It's about as good. I guess. People here tend to think of craigslist as "sketchy" and "un-mormonly" and tbh... they're probably right.
Unfortunately, the people around here tend to know what's what, and price things accordingly. I have yet to get a super-fantastic deal, but I've had a few nice grabs here and there (notably, a lamp for $8 that appears in one of my favorite documentaries).
I tend to search for "Eames", "mid century", "mid century modern" (believe it or not, there's a pretty big difference between the two, and it's usually not pretty). Occasionally, an "IKEA" search will happen, but most of the time, those things are about the same cost, or cheaper, to just get from IKEA.

It's definitely good to check both places, but more often than not, Craigslist is a barren wasteland.

Not today.
Solid wood, no major dings, beautiful des…