Takin’ it easy

We’ve decided to take it easy and not rush into anything with *the* house. We’ve been talking a lot about it – our likes (the layout, the neighborhood, the yard, the unfinished basement for a possible future photography studio for me), our dislikes (it needs new windows and other updates), and what we’d need to do before we could even move in (put in a dog run or fence).

Since finding out it was on the market last summer and didn’t sell, I don’t feel like we have to rush this. If this is the house for us, it will work out. However, the more I think about it, I’m not sure it is *the* house.

In the meantime, we’ve met with a Realtor who walked through our house and told us some things we need to have fixed or start working on ourselves to prepare it for going on the market. Also, he told us we probably won’t get as much for our house as we would like, since it’s a buyer’s market right now and there are something like 16 other houses in our neighborhood already for sale. Blah. I am excited to get the ball rolling though and to know exactly what we need to fix up so that we can put it up for sale.

June is going to be a super busy, crazy month. Not only are we going to be doing home repairs, boxing up all of our clutter and moving it to a storage unit, we’re also having Ava’s 3rd birthday party and my parents will be staying with us for a week. Thankfully, I know they will be a big help in all of this. It’s just going to be a matter of finding the time to get everything done. Staying up ’til midnight painting, patching nail holes in the walls, putting Liquid Gold on our wood work, and packing up boxes is not my idea of a good time, but it all has to be done.

We’re going to revisit “*the* house” this weekend with our Realtor to look at it with a more critical eye. We’ve also found a couple other homes we want to take a look at, and he’s suggested looking at a few homes in our neighborhood that are already on the market, so we know what the “competition” looks like.

And so we are moving onward and upward. :)

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9 thoughts on “Takin’ it easy

  1. I think that is a very good plan. We rushed into buying our house because after we sold our other house, we ended up in a 2 bedroom apt (with 3 kids…yeh that smelled like mold and smoke). I was at my wits end. And while the house is beautiful and in great condition, we didnt’ take into consideration the SIZE just in case our family were to grow, etc. HAH…what a whammy for us eh? LOL. I wish you luck with home selling, the market is the reason we can’t sell ours. We wouldn’t make enough to cover the selling costs. The market just isn’t promising for us right now. With whatever you do, I wish you the best!!

  2. That’s great that you have a plan! With that whole unfinished basement thing…ours is too. BUT (this is a big one) it has water issues. Make sure to ask if there is a reason for that unfinished basement.

    Love your new site design, too! Must be the week for it, huh?

  3. Glad you have a “plan” and I believe your attitude that if it is meant to be it will work out.

    I try to tell myself that even though I would LOVE to move into someting bigger right now, it isn’t worth it to rush it, and make a financial mistake that we could be paying for, for years- or worse, moving in the the “dream house,” and then realizing a few months into it, that we are over our heads, and have to sell- now that would be depressing!

    Following your lead, I decided to work on a few things around our place too, so it isn’t so overwhelming to try to fix up and rent when we move. I guess June will be the month to get this stuff done. :-)

  4. Hey, Im coming out of the closet of lurkdom (well, I found your site from Christine) and I was wondering where you got that woman on your header.

    shelia

  5. Thank you all. :) It was interesting to go look at more houses today, including seeing what our “competition” (other homes for sale in our neighborhood) look like. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I feel OK with taking our time in finding something. It will all work out.

    Shelia – It’s from meez.com You can design your own little person there.

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