Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Since earlier this fall, Dan and I have been getting our house ready to sell. When we bought this house in the summer of 1999, we were relative newlyweds and had no children. The location was great... less than 5 minutes to my school and walking distance to the Metra station for Dan. With three bedrooms, two full baths and a decent kitchen, it had everything we wanted.
Now with a teenager, an almost teenager and WAY MORE STUFF, we're on top of each other in our little ranch. I'm yearning for a slightly larger home... not too much larger, because more space is an invitation for us to have MORE STUFF. I want bedrooms on the second floor, away from the main living area. I want a neighborhood where people interact and talk to each other. But I don't want to move my girls away from their schools.
To get our house ready, we needed to redo the drywall in the basement and paint it, carpet the basement, update the two bathrooms, paint the upstairs, and replace the kitchen appliances. We've been working on this since right after Halloween.
With just a few minor things to do like hanging temporary window treatments, painting the trim in the master bath, and organizing the remaining items in the basement, we're finally READY to get this place listed, and hopefully sold.
It's scary to think about selling our home and buying a new one. This was our first house; so much of the purchase process seemed to happen by happy accident. Sometimes I still think the last owners are going to come knocking on the door and say, "Get out of our house!"
But I'm ready. It's time. This house is ready for a new family, and we're ready for a new home.