Time to Sell the House
If you are a follower of this blog then you may have noticed a glaring absence of posts for the entire month of July 2017.
It’s true, up until now, I haven’t cracked open my laptop, read any emails pertaining to my blog or even gone into social media. I know, I can hear the collective gasp in my mind, believe me.
The conspiracy theorists may have you believe that aliens had abducted me or that I had been placed into witness protection. And no, Tom Hiddleston didn’t come whisk me away to live a life of glamour and fantasy.
To put your minds at ease, I decided that it was time to explain my absence and myself.
As of July 29, 2017, my husband and I put our house that we have lived in for 14 years on the market. Getting to this point was no easy task. In fact, it was probably one of the hardest things that we have ever had to tackle.
My husband had been planting the seed of “moving” in my mind for a while. I pretty much ignored him regarding the matter. I mean, moving? Selling our house? Those aren’t things that just happen. Not to mention the fact that he is currently the sole breadwinner. The way I saw it, this just wasn’t a feasible idea.
As summer was beginning to approach, he brought up the idea of moving again. This time I asked him to show me on paper that it was financially possible. Turns out, it was.
Now what my husband always seems to forget is that when I get hold of an idea, I typically become obsessed and do everything that I can to attain my goal. I become so obsessed that most things kind of are put on the back burner. Way back on the back burner. And that is what happened to my blog for the month July 2017.
So, if the ultimate goal was moving, there were going to be many steps in actually getting there. Moving from an apartment from when we were single is nothing compared to moving from our starter home.
Living in an apartment gave me a sense of being in a temporary situation. Paying rent and living in a place for a year, maybe two, knowing that it would be just for the time being is completely different from living in a home of 14 years and paying a mortgage.
This process has been eye-opening for me. I have done things that I never thought that I was capable of in preparation of selling our home. Here are some of the things that I have done to prep the house to put it on the market.
o Power-washed the house and deck
o Painted everything – rooms, front door, porch posts, shutters, the deck
o Decluttered and moved furniture/boxes into a 10 x 20 storage space
o Replaced lag bolts with carriage bolts for the deck railing
o Reupholstered dining room chair cushions
I have to say that I believe the house is showing beautifully. Thanks to my mom for coming to Pennsylvania and helping in just about everything.
Now that we have the house in “sell” mode, all we have to do is maintain. This is easier said than done with two girls running around. Anyone else ready for school to start? Fingers crossed that we can get this done within the next few weeks. To say that this has been a stressful process is an understatement. But with all the hard work we have done, I am also so proud of what we have accomplished. And it gives me hope that in our next home, I will apply what I have learned to keep another beautiful home.
As far as my blog, I’ll be getting back into the swing of things. I may even have a couple of things to share regarding our house preparation. Until next time, my Lovelies!