Remember Operation Downsize?

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.

21 thoughts on “Remember Operation Downsize?”

  1. Hooray!! That is such exciting news. I’m happy you have a contract and am hoping the closing goes through with no issues! Six months in an apartment sounds like a pretty good way to handle the transition and relieve some of the associated stress. I’m in the military and used to moving, and sometimes I’ve signed a lease on a place just to have a place in the timeline I needed, and that was less than ideal. I’m glad you’ll have some breathing room in your timeline. Again because it’s worth repeating, Hooray!!!!!

  2. Congratulations! I like your plan of apartmenting it for 6 months! Wishing you all the best for a SMOOTH and drama free closing!

  3. Yeah- This has been a long time getting here.It will be interesting to see what you find out about size. Our big house isn 1850 sq ft, the starter was 950 and the one we raised our kid in 1350. I would get lost in anything bigger, and there is always a place to hide if I want to.

  4. Yay!!!! I’m so excited you guys are finally about to have this monkey off your back. I think renting before buying is a great idea.

    Awesome, awesome news, and a great way to close out the year.

  5. I am so excited for you. And JEALOUS! I have been wanting to move to a smaller house for a while now. But I do not have the energy or $$ to do what needs to be done in order to make this place sellable. So I’m stuck for now.

    As far as a home that is small enough, but also has a way for you to get away from each other, maybe something that has a finished basement would work.

  6. Yay! I’m so happy for you! Renting for a while sounds like a good idea so you have time to look and find what you really want in your next home. Hope everything goes smoothly in the steps to closing!

  7. Santa is real!! You and your family are defs on the ‘nice’ list!

    yay. just- well, yay! This is such a good way to end what has been a stinker of year for the Zoots. Here’s to finding a great apartment to rent while you re-evaluate, then find a new perfect forever for now home

  8. Congratulations!! Also, can you write a post about the things you learned regarding how to fix up a house so it will sell? We are terrible at staging or decorating and desperately need a few tips.

  9. Congrats!!!! I’m so happy for you! Have you thought about a townhouse so you have a garage and small yard?

  10. YAY! That is such excellent news! I have a love/hate relationship with home ownership. Sometimes I miss the days that something broke and I got to call and complain till somebody fixed it for free.

  11. Congratulations! So happy for all of you. We are renting a house right now after our move from Indiana to Oregon. It is the best decision we have made. It has been a great experience.

  12. Hurrah! I know that the house has been a long-term source of anxiety.
    (I’ve been reading your blog for a while but have never commented before today. But your good news seemed like a good reason to chime in.)

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