Well, indeed, we did close on the house on Friday and I have brought home pictures. I am excited to get in the house and make it our home. Here are the pics...
Some ideas for the house:
Ripping out the carpet downstairs (in living room and dining room) and putting in Pergo wood floors. BTW, if you have a Habitat for Humanity thrift store in your area, I would definitely check them out for new Pergo floors. I bought our floors yesterday and saved over $900 buying them from there ($50 dollars a box at Home Depot vs. $22 dollars at the Habitat for Humanity store).
Painting the fireplace.
Painting the chair rail and panelling a darker color for contrast and a more modern, finished look.
Painting the kitchen a sunny yellow.
Repainting all the bathrooms.
This is all we can do right now. The upstairs paint looks good (even if it is white, white, white) so that will stay as-is for now.
To answer some questions: we bought the house as-is (it's a foreclosure), there was no appraisal or inspection (it would not have changed the price of the house because it was as-is), and, yeah, we are crossing our fingers a bit as we move in. Quinn is very handy.