I noticed on several of my rides, a guy and his white truck at the house and started to think that a contractor may have purchased the house to flip and resell. Since it sold in a day, it was likely paid for with cash and the work seemed to have already started. Going back to my Nancy Drew loving roots (don't ask), I decided to do some digging. I considered stopping to chat with this fellow, but didn't want to look desperate. Instead I asked our realtor (she's an angel) to call the seller's agent and get the scoop on the buyer.
Our agent, Becky McGrath, didn't bat an eye! She called and found out that the house was indeed purchased by a company that was planning on restoring the house to its former glory and reselling. She somehow got in touch with the buyer and set up a meeting at the house.
That's when we met Doug of Halley Douglas Homes. He and his realtor showed us around the house and outlined the plans for renovation. They were so kind and down to earth! We were able to see some of Doug's other work on new builds and renovations around town, which we LOVED! Hubs and I expressed our interest in submitting an early offer in order to be involved in the process of renovating the (almost) dreamy colonial. After some deliberation, we all came to an agreement! In successive meetings we were able to give our input on layout and down the line, made design choices that made the house feel like us. I should mention that this situation was even more exciting because Halley Douglas does not typically work with homeowners on renovations. They almost strictly renovate or build houses to sell on the open market. Throughout the process Doug, his partner Brandon, and head guy, Dean were all amazing. They thoroughly exceeded all of our expectations and I can't say enough about their workmanship. From getting a structural engineer to check out the foundation work to getting us a deal on all new windows, they were fantastic in every way. I think it's rare to go through a renovation and think, "Oh yeah, let's do that again!" but we so would with Halley Douglas Homes.