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My name is Jose Perez. My professional background is in banking audit and compliance.

I am not intrinsically interested in Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, but I am determined to manage our new home.

In July 2019, my wife and I moved from Pasadena, CA, to the state of Delaware, in search of a similar lifestyle at a lower price.

After we firmly decided to make Delaware our new adventure land, we rented a house with a 1-year lease and took our time to search for our new dream location.

After we decided our forever location would be Lewes, we searched for a home. It soon became apparent that many people in Delaware don’t buy an existing home; they build a new one.

That sounded great! We felt a little bit like pioneers building our house from scratch in the first town in the first state. We didn’t do it with our own hands like pioneers did, but still, we felt the same excitement.

As happy as we were to have someone qualify to build our house, it turned out to be hard to find the right builder. Many builders claim to be the best, some had beautiful designs but low-quality materials, others offered functional designs and excellent materials, but at a high price.

We finally chose one builder that suited us and started building our forever home. We moved to Delaware in August 2019 and plan to move to our new home in July 2020. I have a lot of homework to do to maintain this house.

As I mentioned at the beginning, I know about banking compliance and audit, but nothing about what it takes to keep a house in shape.

I will soon find out and will record my progress in this blog. I hope my successes and tribulations also help you with your own home and maybe make you smile every now and then.

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