Change of Plans…

You know what the say about the best laid plans? We were busy finishing up our kitchen remodel in January and looking forward to enjoying all of our hard work, when we get a phone call that changed everything. It wasn’t a bad call, no one was hurt or sick, it was…an interesting phone call. A change of plans…

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Sure, we discussed it from time to time, especially when we had a particularly rough day, and it’s something we had done several times in our 30 years of marriage, but we were still caught off guard and were totally unprepared for what was about to happen.

The phone call that we got? Actually the hubs is the one who got it and it was a job offer in North Carolina. So totally off of our radar. We had discussed moving to Califorrnia one day to be near our girls but North Carolina was never in the picture.

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After the offer came, we casual discussed it and went through a few what ifs, but after a few days the talk became more serious. We both knew that we couldn’t make a fair decision without visiting the area and learning more about the job and company, so the decision was made to fly down for a weekend to check it all out. We told each other that we would keep an open mind and take everything in but we were both thinking that it would never happen, it just wasn’t something we were looking for.

Needless to say our trip went well, we loved the area and the hubs was thrilled with the job, so we came home and, after a week of intense discussions, decided that we would go for it. Eeek…so much to think about…so much to do.

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We accepted the job in the middle of February, about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and the start date of the new job will be March 28. If you’re counting, that’s only 3 weeks from today and there is so much that we have to do. At the top of the list was to sell the house, which was not an easy thing for me to think about. Even though I am the adventurer of the family and up for anything, I’ve really grown attached to this house. I’ve put so much of myself into it and we only finished our kitchen remodel a week ago, but, if we were going to do this it had to be done. So we made sure the house was in order, called the realtor and it went on the market last Thursday.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.comJust 10 minutes after it was listed I got my first appointment for a showing that evening and an appointment for the next day, Friday. By Friday evening, after only 1 day on the market, we had an offer and we accepted. Of course it’s not a done deal and we still have a long way to go, but, if all goes well we will be closing on April 29.

While we wait for some of the real estate stuff to go through, like the inspection, we had to get packing. This is what we did all this past weekend.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.comSince our house is small, and lacking in storage, a lot of our stuff is still in the basement and in boxes from our move almost 3 years ago. It wasn’t neat or organized, so each box had to be checked, repacked and labeled. We were able to get the garage and 1/2 of the basement done but we have a ton left to do. Not fun under any circumstance but we only have 2 weekends left before hubs leaves to start his job so we are really under the gun.

That’s where we stand as of today.

I’m sure you’re wondering what this means for Chatfield Court. Things may change a bit but I don’t plan on going anywhere…well, except for North Carolina. The plan for now is to rent an apartment while we look for a (small) house to buy, so I’ll be sharing all of those adventures as well as posts with tips on getting your house ready to sell and moving.

We are really excited, and very a little nervous, about this next chapter and I can’t wait to share it all with you. I hope you’ll come along.


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  1. Jessica [Havok]
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 7:06 am

    Ohhh man! That’s exciting and daunting all in one go!
    Good to hear that you guys were able to get the house for sale so quickly and got an offer so fast! I hope everything goes well for you in that department, and that you are able to get a place to rent with no fuss! And that your kitchen renovation helps your sale price 😉

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 2:16 am

      Thanks Jessica, everything seems to be falling into place. Not something we’re used to but we’re going to go with it for as long as it lasts. You are right though, exciting and daunting. Eeek…

  2. Catt in Kentucky
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 6:08 am

    I love it! Adventures and changes can be lots of fun and they make us,grow and learn and open our horizons. Seven and a half years ago we retired from So. California to Prospect, KY. We soldour house super fast and bought a nicer, bigger home within one day of our arrival.

    We love North Carolina by the way!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:27 am

      Wow Catt, that was a big move. I love adventure it too but it’s a little nerve-wracking right now. Once things get straightened out a little more, the excitement will kick in. It sounds like you made the right move when you went to Kentucky, congrats! 🙂

  3. Phyllis
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 6:08 am

    That is awesome news. Good luck in house hunting and much success in your overall venture. It will be so fun to here about it. Phyllis

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Thanks so much for your well wishes Phyllis. I still hope we’ll be able to visit your beautiful B&B again.

  4. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 6:48 am

    Wow, Kristi! I’m originally from North Carolina and it is a beautiful state. Shirley from Housepitality Designs blog lives in NC and I visit her occasionally. That was a very quick sale!! April 29 sure is a long way off for the closing. Things move much faster here. Not fun to pack up and the thought of ever packing up this house makes me cringe even though we really need to downsize before we are too old to handle it. Good luck with your new adventure.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 2:23 am

      Thanks Kim! I didn’t know you were from North Carolina or that Shirley lives there. We’re excited to adopt it as our new home state. Illinois is not fast on many things, especially closings. When we lived in Georgia, we closed on a house in 7 days. It was absolutely nuts but it was nice to get it over so quickly. I’m glad that it won’t be happening that quickly this time. We have moved a lot but I’ll tell you that as we get older, it’s much harder to do.

  5. Tara
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 7:14 am

    Kristi, It seems that everything is falling into place. Timing was just right for putting your house on the market. All of the work that you and Hubs did got it sold in minutes, it really sold itself. I am thrilled to be able to help you get to the closing table, I know we will close and you will be on your way. I am so happy for you , I know you never loved the mid-west and North Carolina is so beautiful. I will miss you, but thank goodness for Chatfield Court.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:30 am

      Thanks so much Tara! We would never have made it this far without you and I’m so glad that I have a friend in my corner.

  6. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Kristi, I am so happy for you. The sale went so quickly, a testimonial to all the wonderful work that you and Hubs did in the house. It sold itself, thank you again for choosing me to help with the process. I’ll get you to the closing, faster than you can imagine. You truly are adventurous and you are headed to a beautiful thriving community. Though I will miss you, I know we’ll stay connected through Chatfield Court.

  7. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 7:32 am

    They’re awesome news! I’m not surprise you home sold that quickly with that pretty kitchen and all the work you had put throughout. Wishing you the smoothest transition!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:31 am

      Thanks so much Cristina, I appreciate your kind words and good thoughts. 🙂

  8. Brenda, Florida
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 7:40 am

    What an exciting time for you and hubs and how lucky you are for such a fast sale. North Carolina is a beautiful state. I lived in Charlotte for 25 years before moving to Florida. Good luck with your packing, but remember, most homes there have no basements so if in doubt, throw it out!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:37 am

      It is exciting Brenda. We looked to moving to NC 20 years ago and it didn’t work out so it seems like we are going full circle. When we visited we noticed that there were no basements, we lived in Florida and Georgia too so we knew to expect that, there also wasn’t a lot of garages on the older homes, which is what I want. I’m sure we’ll find something great though. 🙂

  9. Lou
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Welcome to North Carolina! I live in the middle of the state of NC and the best part you can travel to the mountains in 2 hours or the Beach in 3 1/2 hours so there is alot of places you can travel and be back home before evening. It looks like you have alot of packing done but, I cann’t imagine trying to pack up all my treasures and moving. We have lived in the same house since 1980. You have moved many times so, I know you have a good plan on how to pack. What an exciting time for you and your husband with a new job and new adventures.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:42 am

      I’m really excited to be back on the East Coast and near the ocean and mountains. It’s been way too long and I’m so excited to explore our new state. Wow, 36 years in your home Lou, I bet you have so many memories there. We have moved a lot so it seems we whittle everything down each time. You learn what’s important enough to keep when you have to move it all the time, that’s for sure. 😉

  10. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I knew it!!!! How exciting for you. North Carolina is a beautiful state. Your home selling so quickly is no surprise, such a lovely home you created. I am thinking of selling my condo and moving into a house. Condo living is not my cup of tea. My son thinks I am a crazy person because I have moved so much but mine was also job related until this last time. So I will be excited to follow your adventures and glean some tips for moving as well. Blessings, Debbie

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:49 am

      Ha, I knew that you would be the one to guess my secret. It was hard to keep it so I’m glad it’s out. I think it’s great that you want a house. I know you haven’t liked condo living so maybe moving is just what you need. After all, you should be happy. Thanks for sharing in our exciting news Debbie.

  11. Bobbie Gambarini
    Monday,March 7, 2016 / 10:12 am

    I have really enjoyed all your posts on the renovation of your home. Moving is really hard, but this is full of new beginnings. I really need to downsize all my possessions. If I haven’t used it or needed it in a year, I need to get rid of it. Live in No. California all my life, near SF, so would like to live in a different area.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:53 am

      Thanks so much Bobbie, I’m so glad you enjoyed my posts. Moving is hard but we’ve become pros. Hopefully everything will go smoothly. My daughter lives in SF and absolutely loves it, so I can see why you’ve always lived there. Change is good though too, keeps things exciting. Thanks for your visit.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:53 am

      Thanks so much Bobbie, I’m so glad you enjoyed my posts. Moving is hard but we’ve become pros. Hopefully everything will go smoothly. My daughter lives in SF and absolutely loves it, so I can see why you’ve always lived there. Change is good though too, keeps things exciting. Thanks for your visit.

  12. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Your home is fabulous, it’s easy to see why it sold right away. All of your hard work paid off and while you may not enjoy the new kitchen for all that long, I am sure it’s the reason the house sold so quickly!! I am excited for you! No more super snowy winters, no more subzero temps and the chance to explore a whole new part of the country! I can’t wait to follow along on your new adventure!! Best of luck to you both, my friend! xoxo

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:56 am

      Awww so sweet of you, thanks Kim. I think I’m looking forward to the climate change the most, and living on the East coast. They still have cold weather, but nothing like Chicago. Thanks so much for coming along and sharing in our exciting news.

  13. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 10:31 am

    My, what a change! Congrats and good luck to you both! I am sure no matter where you settle, your heart will be in that new home!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 1:57 am

      Many thanks Vel for your sweet comment. We are really looking forward to the next chapter.

  14. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    I’m very excited for you, Kristi. I know this is a lot of work, but the adventurer in you is going to wear it all very well and with the grace you always display. I’m praying you find a really fabulous new home and that in a very short time you’ll feel for it all the things you feel for this home, and more. Hugs and squeals of glee ~ Nancy

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 2:05 am

      Awww, thanks Nancy, your comments are always so thoughtful. Even though we’ve done all of this before, it helps to hear everyone’s excitement. I was a bit nervous to share the news but now I’m excited and thankful for all of the good wishes. 🙂

  15. Monday,March 7, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Called me shocked! This is twice now that I had a blog friend surprise me with moving. I can only imagine how difficult this decision was and more power to you. I’ve been there a few times myself.

    That said, the house really looks great and I hope you made a mint.

    hugs to you,

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,March 8, 2016 / 2:13 am

      Thanks Rue. We’re still a little shocked ourselves. All of our other moves were planned and thought out. This just came out of the blue so we’re still adjusting. I’m sure all will be good though. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 9, 2016 / 1:54 am

      I hope so Deb. It does seem to be working out that way. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Thursday,March 10, 2016 / 2:31 am

      Yes Brenda, so much to do and a lot to process but it’s all good. 🙂

  16. JaneEllen
    Monday,March 14, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Just had to go down the row to read all comments about your moving. Was wondering how family that lived in So Ca liked KY. We lived in San Diego areas for 21 yrs. then moved to MT on big lake on 20 acres for 7 yrs., then moved to Bowling Green ,KY area for 5 yrs. wow, what a culture shock in KY. Think maybe was too old to adjust when we got to KY, had lived in west for most of life. Sure miss our place there tho and what a difference in real estate prices from KY to western states. We live west of Grand Junction, CO now out in country on 1/2 acre, been here since middle of 2004.
    I am gypsy in our family, I’d move back to MT if we could have what we did before but hubs says too old to move anymore, I’m 75 he’s 74.
    We just moved cause I got itch, not for job or any other reason.
    Will be looking forward to hearing how your move goes, am so excited for you. Going to go back to older posts to see house you’re selling, from what I read of your comments think will be pleasantly impressed. Wish could be there to help you pack. Happy week.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 16, 2016 / 5:19 am

      Hi, JaneEllen. Actually, the person that made the comment is not family, so I know nothing about her experience. It sounds like you’ve been all over, though. I’ve lived in the South before so I understand how the move to KY would be quite the culture shock. My oldest daughter lives in Colorado, so I know that you are in a beautiful part of the country.

      We have moved many times for my husbands work, but I’m like you and I get the bug to move every 3 or 4 years, to my husband’s dismay. 😉

      Thanks so much for stopping in and taking a look around. I hope that you are able to find posts that are of interest to you. Oh…and I wish you could be here to help us pack too, we could certainly use it. 🙂

  17. Madelyn
    Tuesday,March 15, 2016 / 6:00 am

    First, welcome to North Carolina. I have lived here all my life—in the same county, too. We have had our house on the market for almost a year. But, we moved back to my house (we have been married just nine years and I just couldn’t sell my house–a real emotional attachment. Luckily, I had not sold it. My husband decided he wanted to move back to the country. Yipee!!!! We are still moving. Four more closets, 3 kitchen cabinets and the crawl space– We do have basements or crawl spaces-but new construction seems to be on pads. Good luck. It is a wonderful place to live and visit. From The Biltmore House in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh and the coast, I wouldn’t want to live any where else.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 16, 2016 / 5:04 am

      Awww, thanks so much Madelyn for that awesome comment! One of the things that we love about North Carolina is the friendly people that we’ve met. We are so excited to start our move so that we can call NC our home. I’m so glad that you were able to keep your home so you could move back in. There’s nothing like living in the place where your heart truly lies. Best of luck to you.

  18. Shirlee
    Tuesday,March 15, 2016 / 11:43 am

    I saw that you mentioned moving on your Instagram and had to pop over and get the scoop! Congratulations on selling your home so fast although not surprising with all your (and the hubs) hard work. From what I’ve read in the comments, it sounds like North Carolina is a wonderful place to live in. Having both the mountains and the beach near by sounds perfect to me!

    Good luck with the packing and the move. Hope the sale of your home goes smoothly.


    • Kristi
      Wednesday,March 16, 2016 / 5:07 am

      Hi Shirlee, it’s so nice to hear from you again. This whole move has been so sudden and we are so overwhelmed with everything going on, but excited to start a new chapter. If everything works out, we will be on our way next Saturday. Thanks so much for stopping in and for the good wishes.

  19. Kristy
    Thursday,March 17, 2016 / 10:52 am

    You picked a good state! We recently relocated to NC (renting in Raleigh) and absolutely adore it. Can’t wait to see what you do with your next space!

    • Kristi
      Friday,March 18, 2016 / 11:07 am

      Thanks, Kristy. We are so excited about our move and have heard nothing but great things about NC. I’m so glad that you are liking Raleigh. 🙂

  20. Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House
    Friday,March 18, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    I’m totally jealous! I’m from North Carolina and I would love to move back. I’m stuck in PA until I don’t know when. Good luck with your move.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,March 19, 2016 / 1:30 am

      So funny Bonnie. I’m actually from PA, well technically NJ but right on the border. I’m excited to call NC home, though. 😉

  21. wilma
    Thursday,April 14, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    we had something similar happen to us–move across the country, lots of stuff still packed up from the last move. the best suggestion i have? CULL, SORT, AND GET RID OF IT ALL (well, or at least some of it, haha). i would’ve gotten rid of everything, but i have a spouse and children, and their needs needed to be met, too 🙂 but seriously, i thought i had gotten rid of everything, but then i kept finding more and more stuff to weed out. it feels GREAT. good luck!!! can’t wait to hear about this next adventure.

    • Kristi
      Friday,April 15, 2016 / 1:07 am

      I hear you, Wilma, moving junk that’s never used is just a waste of time. It feels freeing to get rid of it all, don’t you think? Thanks for stopping in and sharing your experience, and this very important tip.

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