Busy does not begin to describe how I’ve been the past couple of weeks. It’s not like I haven’t been busy before of course, but now I’m busy and stressed. Not a good combo. It all boils down to our house hunt. We had started looking at houses again with the idea that we’d put our place on the market once Spring had come. What we didn’t count on was falling in love with this:Beautiful. Six bedrooms, five baths, two offices, a screened in porch, and a mudroom. Oh – and a gorgeous kitchen. It wasn’t perfect, of course, the backyard was rather small even though it did overlook a golf course. The master bedroom was on the main floor and the other bedrooms were upstairs (and a guest room in the basement), which I wasn’t a huge fan of as I want to be close to the baby. But we still loved it. We submitted a contract and then held our breath for two days until we heard back from the seller.
In the meantime, we scrambled to get our house ready to put in the market. After meeting with a couple of realtors, we realized we would have to redo the bathroom and the kitchen before trying to sell our house. Once the contract was ratified (accepted) we would have to get these changes done within seven days. Seven days people. Needless to say, the contract was ratified and we had a construction team start the renovation.
(This is the bathroom stripped down to its bones. Not a pretty sight is it?)
I did my part and spent every day painting, cleaning, and/or shopping for pieces to help us stage the house. It took a couple of weeks, but the work was finally complete. And what happened during that time with the house that we loved? We had a home inspection and found out that the stucco covering the outside wasn’t done correctly. While it’s possible it could have been fixed, we didn’t want to mess with it so we walked away.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that the work on the house is finally done. And it looks fantastic!
We had done a lot of the cosmetic work at the end of the year. Our realtor had told us to tone down the colors and make everything more neutral. For example, our living room used to look like this:Now it looks like this:
And the kitchen was redone too:
Then there’s the bathroom:
After all of that hard work, we put the house on the market where it’s sat for the past 13 days. There’s been some interest but no contracts yet. We’re hopeful though. Which is why we continue to house hunt every chance we get. Each weekend the CPA, Henry and I fill up the gas tank and head out to the area where we’re looking – half an hour away. It’s not far but it feels like a different world. The houses are three – four times the size of our house and cost two hundred thousand dollars less. Crazy, right? We go from neighborhood to neighborhood weighing the pros and cons of each. It takes a lot of time, but we’re learning a ton and we’ve started to narrow down our search.
In the meantime, daily routines continue but they’re a little skewed in between play dates, keeping the house spotless for the occasional possible buyer, and making trips to look at newly listed houses. It’s an exhausting time but good too. I’ll be glad when we find our new house, sell this one, and move. I crave normalcy and the feeling of being settled.
Until then, thanks to those of you who have stopped by to check in. With our long days and time spent away from home, I’ve hardly been online at all. I miss it and I fully plan on returning to my regular blogging schedule as soon as possible. :)