Six Months on the Market

We put our house on the market in December. A steady stream of people popped in for a look the first month or so, but then the interest slowly meandered away. We actually had a couple of last minute calls for a same day showing in the last few weeks, but, being pregnant, having a toddler, and two dogs, it’s incredibly difficult to get the house picked up and ready to show in such a short amount of time. Not to mention we just had a yard sale.

However, I’m slowly but surely getting the house to a point where people can come back again. We had a new roof put on in May, had the flooring in the apartment replaced, exterior walls have been pressure washed, and we intend to get the landscaping around the front of the house in better shape this coming weekend. Okay, I say “we” but really it will likely be Cory and his mom while I watch Colette and help where I can. I’ll be honest, bending and squatting is getting harder by the day. And also breathing.

Oh and hopefully we’ll have a painter out this weekend to clean up the front porch! Exciting.

In addition to all the work that’s been put into the house, we also just lowered the price of the house quite a bit. We’re just ready to let it go.

It’s bittersweet to think about the day we actually sell. Bitter, because 30 years of memories have been built into these walls. I can’t claim all of them since I’ve only been around for about 10, but that’s still a solid 200GB SD card full of memories. Bitter, because the options for where were live in the interim of selling and building will be tight. But super sweet knowing that the house we finally build will be simply our own. It will be built to suit our needs as a growing, busy family and reflect our personal styles.

Also, for anyone wondering, looking for good land to build on in a specific area is also terrible. Everyday (okay, weekly) I get on Realtor.com and browse the plots that have been listed. It’s mostly the same listing every time with a new one every now and then. There are a few listings that I’ve breezed by every time they come up for being a little out of our price range. I finally decided to click on them a couple days ago. After dinner that night we made the trek out to see them. Of course, they’re beautiful. Up on the mountain. There’s a 2.5 mile private nature/horse trail. And it’s roughly the same distance from downtown (read: civilization) as our house is now. I think the biggest deterrent is the price, but it’s not an incredibly overpriced 5.4 acre lot and it’s been on the market for 270 days which could potentially work in our favor.

I guess all this was to say, someone out there needs to come buy our house now. I’ve got things to build up on a mountain.

 

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