The market around here it ass-hat crazy right now, which we will exploit when selling, but hinders us some when buying. There just aren't a lot of properties on the market which drives up demand and thus price (College Economics paying off). Having a mortgage pre-approval with a contingency of having to sell our current house presented with any offer we make, scares a lot of sellers away, especially when they have other offers. We are also dealing with time since we don't want to move when HK is 9 months preggo. A house came on last week that we liked so we jumped on it and eventually had an offer accepted, with a little negotiating. This meant we had to move quickly to get our house on the market to sell ASAP. That was this past weekend.
Having a two year old makes doing anything more challenging. Nothing against him, he was actually really good all weekend, but you can imagine how this went. There was little sleep but we manged to get everything we wanted done. Mainly it was de-cluttering and deep cleaning, though there were a lot of pictures taken down as well which meant hole patching, sanding and painting. There were a few other smaller projects as well that I've been putting off but needed to be done before selling, like some basement ceiling tiles that needed to be replaced and painting the molding around the windows in the kitchen, etc. It did jump start the packing though since as we de-cluttered and cleaned we packed stuff up and put everything in the garage. The goal was to be done by Tuesday since they were taking pictures for the listing. We have a few more things to do before the open houses planned for this weekend but most of the hard work is done.
Our house is now officially listed for sale though, as of this morning. I'm sure you don't have to be an expert sleuth to find it by researching through my blog. It's a weird feeling. We don't want to leave our house, even though the new house is actually similar, but we can't afford to stay. The last 5 years have brought lots of changes and memories (marriage, baby, etc.) not to mention all the sweat and money we have put into the house. We made it pretty much our perfect home and did almost everything we ever thought about doing to it. There were just a couple things we never got to.
We've crossed a couple hurdles already but there are still a lot of ducks that have to fall into a row in order for these two home transactions to following through. Here's hoping for the best! If all goes well we'll be saying hello to our new home in May: