When we bought this house almost 17 years ago it was going to be a “5-7 yr house”.
Ha. Double Ha.
I gave birth to medically needy triplets. And another baby 1.5 yrs later. Jim quit his job (for a very good reason) and was self-employed. We added a garage and a mud/laundry room (best decision ever) and stayed a lot longer than we ever thought we would.
But circumstances change. Sometimes a lot.
- Jim’s current job, which could and hopefully will take him through to retirement, is an hour away because of traffic.
- Ethan’s school, which will be for 5.5 more years, is 1.5 hours away.
- The cyber kids who attend brick and mortar special schools (gifted/art) travel 45 minutes each day they go.
- Our gas budget is $550 per month. Seriously.
- My parents are in their mid-80’s and will need some more help as time goes on.
- Jim’s mom is in her early 70’s and lives alone.
- We need access to reliable public transportation because two of our kids will not be driving (unless the self-driving car industry really takes off and then who knows)
All these and a few more things (aka we really would like to have a fireplace!) have added up to yes, we’re going to try and sell our house this year. How that’s going to happen with three cyber schooled kids, two dogs and a cat I really have no idea. We’re in the Coatesville school district, which is sort of meh. We live on a HILL. The best hill in the neighborhood when it comes to sledding, but other than us who wants to buy on a hill?
We’ve mitigated the negatives as much as we can. 7 years ago we added that garage. We’ve replaced all the siding and windows and there’s a new roof. We even repaved the driveway. And hey, there’s the new kitchen (I know, I know, I still haven’t done a reveal yet. We still haven’t finished painting the trim!)
Even though it’s been 17 years, I still remember the difficult nature of house hunting. And we were first time home buyers, so there wasn’t the added bonus/stress of selling.
I want to BE MOVED. I don’t want to get the house ready, pack everything, have the house on the market and house hunt. But to BE MOVED all those steps are unfortunately necessary.