Monday, June 23, 2014

Moving (a MUCH Better Posting that the Last One)

Well, despite the craziness about the appraisal on our new home coming in $19,000 less than the contract price and a ton of tears, things worked out for our new home!  For 36 hours, I was faced with the possibility of being homeless.  I was frantically looking for a good, nice, safe apartment to rent while realizing that I was "choosing" to leave a wonderful home for a shitty, small apartment!  I felt like I was going backwards in my life.  I realized that there was not enough room for all of my stuff in an apartment, so in addition to paying more money to rent a place, I realized I'd need a storage unit for all of the stuff that wouldn't fit.  In the end, the buyer came down a lot, and I came up a little to help fill the $19,000 gap between the contracted price and the appraisal price.  I realized that I would be financially ahead of the game by coming up with a little more money to get the home compared to renting an apartment, storing stuff, breaking a lease to move to a new place, paying for two moves, etc... not to mention the headaches and sadness that I would endure as a result of all of this. Life sucked for 36 hours until all of this was figured out. 

So... as of last Friday, I am now a new homeowner!  Woo hoo!  I spent most of the weekend moving the kitchen over and unpacking it, moving all of the closets over, and moving Sidekick's toys over. Meanwhile, the painter has been moving along nicely and has painted the bathrooms, three bedrooms, laundry room, upstairs hall, and going down the stairs.  The movers come on Wednesday, and that should be easy since most of the stuff is already there.  I close on my condo this Friday.  It sure was nice to close on the new place one week before closing on the current place so that I could get us pretty well settled for our first night in our new home.
Sidekick loves the new home!  He walked in the first time like he owned the place!  He ran back and forth between my bedroom and his, yelled whose room it was, and then did a somersault.  He was so funny.  He often talks about our new home when we are not there.  In fact, this morning when I got him up, the first thing out of his mouth was, "New home, Momma."  He loves the basement and I don't care that there are toys all over the place right now. (I couldn't stand when he toys were out in our cramped condo.)

I have worked very hard to buy this new home.  Our new home is very much a move in ready place with amazing upgrades.  I need to finish the basement, since the living area isn't that big, but other than that, it is perfect.  I will very much miss my neighbors who love us so much. The neighbor across from me is one of my best friends, and we spend so much time together.  She loves Sidekick so much, and he adores her.  It's sad to not be literally five feet away from her.  We hung out all of the time, so there will be times when I feel very lonely. But... there is no looking back now.  I've got one more night to rock Sidekick to sleep in the home where almost two years of his life were spent.  I know he'll never remember it.  I really hope the buyer loves my place and the great neighbors as much as I did, and I hope that I am lucky enough to find great friends and neighbors in our new home.  I'm scared but a little excited for our new adventure together!


  1. Congratulations! The stress is behind you and now you can enjoy making the new place perfect. Glad that it all worked out!

  2. Congratulations! The stress of buying and selling keeps me firmly rooted in a place that is not ideal for us. Your experience had my stomach in knots. So glad it has a happy ending!