I'm going to say straight away that while we are absolutely delighted with our new home and it's wonderful coastal location, we never. ever. ever. want to move again!
I cannot emphasize enough just how stressful the process of simultaneously selling and buying turned out to be. There were so many points where things could have gone south. - Would our home appraise at a price point sufficient for our buyers to obtain their financing? Would they successfully close the sale of their current home in order to obtain the financing to purchase our home? Would they change their minds at some point, possibly during the inspection process. And speaking of inspections, would the home we were hoping to buy reveal things during the inspection that would cause us to question our decision? Would we fit into our new neighborhood? Would we like it here???
As the wise Buddha once said, relax cricket, all things will reveal themselves in time. Meaning that step by step my husband and I worked through each step of the process, although I must admit that wine helped on a few particularly stressful days!
We closed on both the sale of our current home, and the purchase of our new home at the beginning of last week, and underwent the actual move this past Wednesday and Thursday. It was a rough couple of days I have to say. Not only the total, temporary disruption of our lives, but the challenge of finding a new place for our belongings. Our many, many, many belongings. Holy moly, as much as I regularly purged, we still had a whole bunch of stuff.
We are now evoking the rule as we unpack that if we don't love it and have a place for it, the item is going straight to our growing Goodwill pile!
But now that we are over the grueling task of facing a mountain of boxes, we've been able to create zones of tranquility already in the new home, and that has been wonderful.
Starting with my spacious new kitchen!
|Curtains will come down once new windows and new shutters are installed in a few weeks.|
I also am loving that the ground floor master bedroom opens directly onto the backyard and its spacious views. It is lovely to see our beautiful coastal canyon each morning when I wake up.
And we've already entertained in our backyard, having our oldest daughter over yesterday for a BBQ. The backyard instantly draws people in we are discovering, ourselves and our daughter included. And it was sooo comfortable at about 72 degrees with a wonderful coastal breeze. And also why we ultimately decided on this particular house - we can make the house whatever we wish in time, but these views and cool coastal temps are forever.
The list of To-do's on the house is long, starting with re-piping, but I can visualize how it's all going to look in a few months, and we are really excited to get started. Which is good, because our re-piping kicks off today, and it's going to be a bit of a bumpy week as a result!
Plans And Goals For Today
- Stay out of plumbers way!
- Sixty minutes of cardio, plus arms strength training at the gym.
- Unpack upstairs linen closet
- Start unpacking my office, and if possible, try and ascertain how I visualize it being set up so that I can order new office furniture.
- Return to the furniture store we visited yesterday in order to place an order for new family room furniture.
- Visit Home Goods and Cost Plus to try and locate a small buffet for dining room.
- Stop by property management company to drop off form to paint house pearl gray and white.
- Contact Goodwill to pick up a few pieces of furniture that don't work in this house.
- Take a load of smaller items to our locale Goodwill drop off center.