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…
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.
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.
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.
Just 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.
Since 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.