So I have been talking off and on about moving and this weekend Lou and I decided we needed to put our house up for sale. It’s time. Our interest only loan just ended last month and my hubby is killing himself working to make the crazy outrageous payment. The increase in payment and the overwhelming debt we have accrued over the past 5 years trying to stay afloat during the recession has left us exhausted and broke.
The great news is that by some miracle during the past 2 months real estate in our area is on fire and there is a shortage of homes. We can for the first time in years sell our home, and make a profit so we are jumping at the chance to simplify our lives and reduce our house payment and debt.
We made this decision on Saturday morning and from that point on I never stopped working. We broke the news to our family and they all pitched in watching Tiara so I could get the house ready. Now that we have made the decision to sell we want the process to go quickly.
So in preparation for selling the house I accomplished the following tasks from Friday until Monday night.
1. Painted the front door inside and out.
2. Painted every kitchen cabinet.
3. Painted every interior door
4. painted all the baseboards
5. Touched up or magic sponged all the walls
6. Painted and repaired all the drywall issues
7. Planted new plants in the front and back
8. Cleaned out the hideous garage. This took me all day Saturday!
9. Power washed the driveway and tried to get off all the crayons. This was the worst job and took me more than 6 hours total and there are still some crayons that won’t come off.
10. Power washed the whole house and washed the windows inside and out.
11. Added new orchids and inside.
12. Put up a new wreath on the front door and added some splashes of color to the front and back with pillows.
So after all this I hit the wall on Monday night. Tabitha brought home dinner, Trinity took all the door knobs off the doors so I could paint and they both helped with Tiara. I painted until 9:00 p.m. and then Lou finally got home from work. I let him take over, I poured myself a glass of wine and sat down on the kitchen floor.
Next thing I knew I was asleep on the floor and I couldn’t get up. I heard everyone around me but I just couldn’t move. Once Lou finally got me to sit up I started crying, hyperventilating and shaking. I thought I was going to throw up and he realized I was dehydrated. He made me drink 4 glasses of water and then I was back to normal. Normal being stiff, sore, in pain with a blister on my foot, unpainted hideous nails and bruised knees.
I finally went to bed at 11pm and was up by 6am finishing everything before I met with 2 prospective agents.
The first agent team thought our dream asking price was too LOW! OMG, God is so watching out for us. I am just about to meet with the second agent as I write this so I will give you his assessment in a bit.
Isn’t it funny that after all this time we finally found a great caretaker for Tiara just when I needed the help more than anything? Isn’t it also weird the real estate market just rebounded as our interest only loan expired?
I know it is sad that we have to move, but this is right decision for our family and our future. As I told the girls, Daddy hated this house when we bought it because it was so old and ugly. Now we all love it so much we never want to leave. I can turn any dump into a beautiful home for us and I am pretty excited to do it again.
So we won’t live in Newport Beach, but we will live close. We are planning to move within a 5 mile distance. As I keep telling my Mom and the girls “it will all be OK, it’s just a house.”
Ok, just finished meeting the other agent and he believes we can get our dream price too! We have decided to go with him as we have known him for years through my sister, he is super trustworthy, hardworking and I adore his wife. Remember my post about my first spray tan? His beautiful wife is the one who did that for me. Plus he offers a reduced commission which was super important to Lou and I both. The sign is up and it will hit the MLS on Monday!
Anyways, everything feels like this is how it is supposed to be and I have faith it will all work out for the best! Looks like the life lessons never stop at the Goff house!
Have a wonderful day!