We have accepted the counter-offer from the sellers and are meeting with the inspector on Tuesday morning to find out the laundry-list of everything wrong (and maybe a couple of things right) with the house. Hopefully there won't be any big show-stoppers along the way. So now instead of simply dreaming (as I was before and still am), I'm also trying to think of things we will need. Marni's already got a list (imagine that; it's like she's organized or something!).
There are a couple of things that we'll need before winter sets in (should everything come through okay). The first is hoses, because there's enough heat left in the afternoons to kill the lawn if we don't water it. And as much as I hate yard work, it's something that I can do relatively easily with no real problem. Except that we don't have any hoses or anything since we live in an apartment (and we donated all of the working hoses back in the day when we were packing stuff in the Fremont house so we didn't have to store it in our already over-crowded storage unit). So, hoses and basic sprinkler equipment. They also have a hose reel in the front and back yards.
I like these sprinklers because they seem to cover more ground somewhat evenly than other sprinklers. They also work well regardless of the water pressure (within reason, of course).
I don't know if it works, but I hate fighting with hoses...and it has a five year guarantee on not kinking.
And since we have to water the lawn, I'm going to have to mow it at some point before the season ends (and then once spring heats up the green). So I've been looking at a couple of different mowers, but really like the Toro SuperRecycler Mower.
One of the things that I like about it is that it has a mulch mode which spreads cut grass evenly under the mower (and not making me pick it up as often unless it gets really long) as well as multiple bagging options.
Of course, we're also going to have to get a washer and dryer since that's the only appliance that is not included in the house. We are looking at paying through the nose for a good, energy and water-efficient washer and dryer. I'm leaning towards the LG Electronics 4.2 Cu. Ft. Ultra Capacity Front Load SteamWasher and the LG Electronics 7.3 Cu. Ft. Ultra Capacity Electric Dryer with TrueSteam Technology. While I would like a gas washer, I would have to pay to have a gas line rerouted and I don't know if we can afford that cost on top of those two expensive pieces of equipment.
Then there are all of the other costs like cleaning supplies that we don't have but will need a ton of, paint, stain and sealant for the hardwood floors, time to rip up carpet in the old part of the house and chemical strip the glue from the floors, buying light bulbs, light switches, outlets, nails and screws, and all of the other associated things that you never think of until you have to buy them.