So. The house passed inspection and we’re on target to close by the beginning of March. Crazy how fast this process is going. I’m holding my breath, aware that delays could still come. But, wow it is looking good. What a huge blessing.
After the inspect, we do have a second round of workers plowing through the house fixing things, but it’s minor stuff like broken window handles, and a wrong-sized breaker, and a singing toilet. Hooray! We feel really blessed.
Today we went to the house and grabbed a few of our last things out, including Em’s new bed that we’d used for staging– she was so excited to finally bring it home! Next week our awesome staging company Graceful Designs is picking up the furnishings they added, and then it will be all up to the new owners.
I’m completely convinced that redoing the kitchen and then staging the house were a huge key to getting TWO full price offers within 36 hours of listing. It just made it all that much more obvious that this house is a good place to live, a place to really be welcomed and comfortable.
We’re thankful also to our real estate agent brother in law Scott Dykstra, who helped us price it right– AND talked us into shelling out a couple thousand bucks to upgrade the sliding glass door and repair the foggy old windows in the house the day before listing. We dragged our heels for a while– because $2200– yikes!! But I’m sure that the sun shining in those lovely windows just sealed the deal for the folks whose (full price!) offer we accepted.
Speaking of the new owners, I hear that they are planning to raise goats and chickens, which makes me really happy. The place needed some new energy. We want it to be used and enjoyed and loved, and we’re thrilled to hear that they’re excited to get going with their life there.
As for this new house of ours, I could not be more in love. It took mere days for it to feel comfortably ours. It fits our furniture and it fits our people, and it’s just good. Right down to our dining room table– the one I was hot to replace while prepping to move. Turns out it matches the new kitchen’s cabinets perfectly, and it was just perfectly made for the space. I think we’ll be keeping it around for awhile yet. I sigh in contentment each time I walk down the stairs in the morning. It all just feels right.
There’s a bit of chaos going on in the garage right now, with John still working on getting his shop set up. But glory hallelujah– it all fit in!! And even the current mess feels completely doable. John is planning on building a small additional storage shed in the back yard to handle the garage overflow, which I think will really help to make this last bit of moving in go smoothly.
And my kitchen. I didn’t really realize how few cabinets I had at the old house. This new kitchen has probably twice as many, along with having at least double the pantry space. It is really nice to not have half my small appliances out in the garage– especially with John still working to get his tools stashed away neatly there.
So much to be thankful for.
I’ve been thinking about this past year, with getting adjusted to working again, and I am planning to write in a few days more about the ups and the downs involved in going back to work after 17 years at home. But I think I’ll leave it at this for now– happy that another family is going to get a homestead adventure like we’ve enjoyed during the past couple decades, and grateful that we have exactly three tiny flowerbeds to weed this spring.
Life is good.
I’ll leave you with a photo of tulips from the old place, and a promise to keep you up to date on the adventures we have planned in this new place. John has been teasing me because I already have a hummingbird feeder set up and ready to go at this new place, in hopes of luring the hummingbirds back unseasonably early. But I, like the groundhog, am convinced we are in for an early end to winter this year.