Y’all remember how we decided to try to sell our house almost 3 years ago? First we went through a wave of Getting Rid Of Shit to prep the house for real estate agents to look at it and give us their thoughts. Then we painted, contacted Mold Inspection Houston to make sure the house was structurally sound, repaired and decorated accordingly. Then the house sat on the market for 6 months and we had 3 showings.
During that time I started working doing photography and marketing and web work for a real estate company and learned a LOT. So we changed the floor plan a bit, put in new carpet then paint and put it back on the market again. Since then we’ve had about 20 showings. Most people liked the house and all agents gave feedback that it was priced right, it was just never EXACTLY what people were looking for. A lot of people positively commented on the new changes we made so it goes to show it’s worth making the small investments like that. If you’re looking to sell a property, spending a little money on getting Carpet Now – Austin Carpet Installation to put in a new carpet will be worth it when the house sells for a good price. It’s just a matter of waiting for the right person, which we’ve never had much luck with.
Until today. We finally have a contract.
Now, I know a lot can happen between contract and closing. I work for a real estate company, I’ve seen it all…LITERALLY. BUT! I’m still celebrating because DAMMIT, WE HAVE EARNED IT.
We decided a long time ago that unless we just stumbled upon the perfect house, we’d do 6 months in an apartment first. We don’t want to rush the house buying part of Operation Downsize because we want to get the smallest house we can manage and that requires the right floorplan or weighing the wrong floorplan v/s cost. Also? Selling a house is really stressful and we really like the idea of being WITHOUT the responsibility of homeownership for a little while. Like…can we live in filth for a bit without worrying about if someone wants to see the house? PLEASE! Can we just not stress about anything home related for…like 6 months? That would be HEAVENLY.
PLUS – it would give us an idea how how small we could really handle. Some days we want a tiny house just so we can have more money for adventures. But then other days we want to be as far away from each other as possible and would pay a million dollars for that ability. If a small house is something you’d prefer, especially if the kids have left home, downsizing may be a solution for you. And the moving process won’t be as tough as you think, considering you could use Moving Van Hire From Compare The Man & Van (if you live in the London area of the UK) to transport your items safely, although you will have a lot less which should make it easier.
So! 6 months. We’ll sign a 6-month lease on an apartment and get a small storage facility for furniture as we don’t want to get rid of stuff E may want after graduation. (Which will fall before that 6-month window closes.) We will look for houses of course, but we are scheduled to close in 30 days and there’s no way (unless we found the perfect house today) we could make that work so we don’t want to feel forced to be obsessing over the real estate when we need to be PACKING UP THIS HOUSE.
I’m so glad we’ve gone through TWO batches of deep purging before this moment. We still have a lot to go through, but we have about HALF of what we did when we first started this 3 years ago.
We needed this desperately. I fear we were/are at maximum capacity in terms of emotional stress and this was the news we needed.
Thanks for thinking good thoughts for us. Now…anyone want to come help my husband with a few things around the house? We pay in pizza and beer.