Ughhhh, I've been caught in a constant loop of cleaning/straightening the house, all day, every day, getting it ready for our market debut and open house last weekend (note to self: NEVER do that much cleaning and repairing in one weekend ever again, especially not if your husband is working and you have no child care). That was while trying to fend off a sinus infection, which was almost certainly partially caused by exhaustion and stress. Then after the open house, I had to constantly maintain that ready-to-show state. FUN. I have taken almost no photos in a week or more, and haven't taken what few photos there are off the camera for the last two weeks, I think.
So, I was going to post a pic of the house with the FOR SALE sign and link to the listing...but...as of this evening, it's under contract! REALLY! WUWU!! Home values are in the crapper at present - every comp we looked at was selling below asking (and the asking prices were LOW), and taking 50-90 days to get there. Deciding on a price was excruciating, but apparently we did a decent job, because we got what we asked, and it only took 5 days! I'm just crossing my fingers that it assesses at the right price...but you know, we always seem to come out on top, Dan and I are just charmed that way.
When Dan read the brochure and saw the virtual tour, he said, "this house sounds great, let's buy it!" We've certainly enjoyed it in many ways. I'll miss the morning room and kitchen, and the boys taking overflowing bubble baths in the master bathtub, and I'll also be a little sad on Xander's birthday that he and I can't have an anniversary dip in the tub where he was born. But oh my goodness, in a month we'll be 100% Richmonders! Dan and I are excited, and Griff has been so far, too. I hope he maintains the excitement and doesn't feel sad about the move later. Reese, on the other hand, keeps asking to go "home to our old house" and says he doesn't want to sell the old house, wants to sell the new house, and that he's "feeling disappointed about selling the old house." Poor guy. He doesn't like change at all, and this is a big one, moving out of the only home he's ever known, and at a tough age for it. I hope we can soften the blow for him and that by Christmas, everybody is feeling settled into our new digs.
And now for all the minutiae of moving - I have some utilities to call and estimates for movers to obtain, etc. See you next time I come up for air!