Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time to Move!

We put our house on the market for sale by owner over spring break.  We wanted to sell it ourselves since I have the time and stay home and we want to use the extra money we save on realtors to fix up our new house.  Plus, my mom is a realtor and agreed to help out if needed.  So we spent 2 solid weeks cleaning and making the house sell ready.  Then, it went online Friday, put the sign out Saturday, and had our first showing 2 hours after the sign went out.  We had an open house Sunday with a bunch of people, including a few that scheduled follow ups.  Then, Monday we had a showing with a couple that we just knew immediately would be our buyers.  They are young, engaged to be married this summer, go to The Village with us, and had been looking for quite awhile to get into our neighborhood specifically.  He is a firefighter and 2 of his Fire Chiefs live in our neighborhood and love it.  So when they saw our house, not too big, recently updated, for a decent price, they were in love.  They put an offer down Tuesday, we countered Wednesday, and signed the contract Thursday.  Such a blessing!  We only had to have our house "show ready" for 1 week and we also got a great price on our house.  It only took a few days before we became friends with our buyers.  They are fabulous people and we are so glad that they are going to love our house as much as we did.  

Cody power washing our exterior over spring break about 3 minutes before it started to rain.

Harper was a good sport while I spent hours and hours packing our house.

We closed 4 weeks later on April 19th.  Since our house isn't ready for us to move into yet, we are moving all of our stuff into storage into an empty store Buddy owns in Denison down on Main Street.  It took 5 car loads, 5 trailer loads, 1 loaded boat and 1 cow trailer that was 35 feet long, 10 feet wide and 12 feet tall.  And it was FULL to the tip top with things pushed in every nook and cranny.  It took 7 trips of stuff, 4 of those trips happened 4 days in a row the weekend before.  It sucked!  We somehow have doubled in possessions in 5 years and have way too much.  Plus, I am a horrible packer!  I hate packing.  Most of my life my sister, Kristen, has packed our house.  She even came home from college her freshman year and sophomore year to pack up our house twice when we moved to and from Austin.  So it was a lot of work, extremely exhausting, and seriously not fun.  But it's over for now and that is the best part.  

Harper LOVED the trailer.  She could play on that thing for an hour while we loaded it up.

After we moved, this is what our carpet looked like under our bed.  All Maggie's hair - SICK!

The last few days we had no furniture.  Cody saved himself one chair and Harper got her carseat.  She actually thought it was serious fun.

I swear this man has more clothes than me.  And of course while he was packing, he found tons of thing that should have gotten thrown away but ended up new toys.  

I feel like this is our life now.  We are constantly in the car, driving to and from Argyle, to and from Denison.  We feel a little homeless right now, but we are grateful for all our families' help and our future home!  

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