Hey there! Well, I’m back. I know…long time, no see. I didn’t plan on being away for so long, but we got busy with this house buying stuff and getting settled in our new city, so I decided that, instead of posting just to post, I’d wait until I had something worthwhile to share after we closed on the house.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a little, stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.com

It’s a done deal and she’s all ours! We finally closed last week but our lease on the apartment doesn’t end until July 1, so we’ve been spending our time cleaning, packing up the apartment and doing a few small projects before we move at the end of June. Oh, and there was the little spill I took down the deck stairs last weekend. Instead of packing and working on the house, we spent half the night in the emergency room. I hurt my foot and I’m pretty bruised and battered, but I’ll be ok. It could have been so much worse. It’s not an ideal time to be sidelined with an injured foot but what are you going to do…right?

Anyway, since we don’t have any projects to share just yet, it’s the perfect time to bring you in and give you a tour of our new digs.

Our little stone cottage was built in 1946 and has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in almost 1400 square feet, just a bit bigger than our house in Illinois. There’s a basement with a garage (the hubs is giddy with excitement) and a beautiful lot with tons of room for Finn to run around. Oh, and did I mention that I have a covered front porch? The biggest front porch I’ve ever had, and I can’t wait to decorate it.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comI’ll show you the rest of the outside another time. Let’s go in and have a look around.

Coming in through the front door you see the living room. It’s not a huge room, and it’ll be a challenge placing our furniture, but it does have a fireplace.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comA tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comFrom the living room, you walk into one of the guest bedrooms. It has tons of light and an original casement window with a built-in seat. Bed placement will be a challenge in here but it’s such a great room.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comOn the other side of the house we have the master bedroom, bathroom, and another guest bedroom. The blue guest bedroom has the biggest closet in the whole house (there are only 3) and it has a bookcase. The bookcase isn’t made very well and takes up valuable real estate so it will have to go.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comA tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comAfter living with 1 bedroom in our Illinois house, we swore we would never do it again but here we are…1 small bathroom. It was recently redone but I have big plans to redo it again to fit the era of the house. The first thing that we’ll do is install a new vanity so that we have a little extra storage.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comA tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comThe master bedroom is in the back of the house, overlooking the backyard. It’s small but I think we can fit the necessities. This room is the first on the to-do list. Very soon it will have new paint, window treatments and ceiling fixture.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comA tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comBack out to the living room and we’ll head into the kitchen and dining room, aka our favorite space in the house.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comWe have plans to redo this space, too. The cabinets are old and not the best quality so they will go, along with the countertops. It’s ok for now but eventually, we’ll redo it all. For now, though, we’re going to replace the stove and dishwasher. We’ll be having gas hooked up to the house so the electric stove will be replaced with a new gas stove (again, the hubs is giddy with excitement). It’s the little things with him.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comI love the two original casement windows in this room. The one over the sink looks out onto a wooded lot next door and the one in the dining area looks out over the backyard. We are in the city but can’t see any of our neighbors. Love that!

In our Illinois house, our dining area was in the living room. It’ll be nice to eat and not look at the tv.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comThe last room, which is off of the kitchen, is the sunroom. It was added on several years ago and, although it’s pretty, it doesn’t really fit with the style of the rest of the house.

We have big plans for this room but I’m running long, so I’ll share all the details another time.

A tour of our new house in North Carolina, a stone cottage that was built in 1946. chatfieldcourt.comThere you have it…our little stone cottage. We have so much to do and our heads are spinning, but we’re excited about this next chapter. Stay tuned for all of our projects, which will resume the minute my foot heals.

You can read the strange but true story about how we found our new house, here.

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To say I miss DIY and doing projects in my own home is an understatement. We’ve been in North Carolina for three weeks now, in our apartment for two, but it seems like it’s been much longer. I’ve decorated our temporary digs a bit but I’ve been so busy house hunting and doing the basics to get settled that I still have a few boxes with decor sitting in the kitchen waiting for me to get to them. I love to decorate but getting our own house is all I’m worried about right now.

I expected to come to North Carolina and there’d be a ton of homes to look at but there’s really not a lot on the market right now, especially ones that fit our criteria and are in our price range. We’ve still been out there looking at whatever we can, though, just so we can check out different areas.

Finding the perfect house in the best neighborhood and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

This was the first house we looked at and we both loved it. It needed a ton of work but it was in a great neighborhood, the price was right and it had good bones. We hesitated to put an offer on it right away because I hadn’t looked at any other houses but when we did, a day later, there was another offer on the table and we ended up losing it. The moral of this particular house story? Don’t wait if you love it.

I was totally bummed but with our realtor’s encouragement, we kept at it. This gorgeous craftsman was the second house we looked at. Those stone pillars…that awesome porch… Sadly, it wasn’t the right house for us.

Finding the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

The next 2 houses were in our preferred neighborhood and, although they were beautiful, they weren’t what we were looking for.

How to find the perfect house in the best neighborhood and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

It was good that we kept looking though because we were zeroing in on neighborhoods, price range and wants versus needs. Besides, who doesn’t like to look at houses?

How to find the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

Looking for a new house, even if you’ve done it many times before, is fun but can be stressful. It’s the biggest purchase you’ll ever make so you want to be smart. We’ve done this 9 times before and we always go for location first. Houses can be fixed up if the price is right, but the location is something that can never be changed.

How to find your perfect house in the best neighborhood and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

Nothing beats living in “your” perfect neighborhood. Add a beautiful stone house and a rocking chair front porch and you have your dream house. Well…my dream house.

Finding the perfect house in the best neighborhood and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

Yup, this is the one…and the story of how we found it is amazing, if not a little weird.

We had been in town only two days when our house hunt started. Our realtor texted me about a house that had just gone on the market in a beautiful old neighborhood. After looking it up online, I talked the hubs into going for a drive after work to take a look at the area. We drove down the road that the new listing was on and I oohed and aahed at every house we passed. It was a charming street with beautiful brick bungalows and it was just the kind of area I was looking for. As we got closer to the new listing I spotted this beautiful stone house on a beautiful wooded lot. I gasped and pointed it out to the hubs. He joked with me and told me that he would drop me off so I could go and ask if they wanted to sell. We laughed and continued on to look at the new listing.

Finding the perfect house and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

A few days later, the realtor happened to take me down the very same street. I pointed out the pretty stone house to her, told her how much I loved it and about my conversation with the hubs. Again, it was quickly forgotten.

Ten days later, we would talk about “that stone house” again. The realtor and I had been out all morning looking at houses. I had only been home for about an hour when I got a text from my realtor telling me that a house was going on the market the next day and that I should look at it. The address she gave me was the same road that the stone house was on but I never gave it a thought when she told me. I mean…what are the chances it would be the one I picked out?

Finding our perfect house and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

I drove down the road looking at addresses and drove by the pretty stone house knowing that it couldn’t be the one she was talking about. I turned around, having gone past the address, drove back down the road and there stood my realtor, in the front yard of that beautiful stone house, waving me in. I couldn’t believe it was the house. The one I had picked out the first time we drove down the street, the one I had gasped at the first and the second time I saw it.

I’m happy to say that we put an offer in and it was accepted. We know that it’s not a done deal until we close and anything could happen, but we are so excited that we found the perfect house, with tons of projects to do, in the perfect neighborhood.

How we found the perfect house and lessons learned while house hunting. | chatfieldcourt.com

So the final lesson we learned? Be patient because the right house will always come along and when you find it, you’ll know that it’s the one.

I can hardly wait to get through this process and get settled in our new home so that the real fun can begin…lots of projects and DIY. I’m so ready.

What do you think about house hunting? Do you love the process or loathe it?

Check out why we moved from Illinois to North Carolina…

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…and tips I shared on getting your home ready to sell.

Get your home ready to sell quickly and for the most money. | chatfieldcourt.com

How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

 

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You could say we’ve turned into professional movers. We’ve moved around a lot over the years, 11 times with at least 1 more to go, and I’ve picked up several useful moving tips and tricks along the way that have helped to make the process easier. Now granted moving is never easy, but I’ve found that if I do these 7 things, it helps take a little of the stress out of a very stressful situation.

7 useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

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Purge

This is a biggie when you’re packing for your move. You don’t want to move things that you never use, it’s a waste of time, energy and space, so take the time and do a good purge. If it’s been sitting in a box for years, you can probably let it go. You’ll be glad that you took this step when you get to your new place.

Save on Packing Supplies

Packing supplies can get really expensive real quick, so you want to make sure you shop around. I did a lot of comparison shopping this time around and you’d be surprised at the price difference for boxes from one store to the next. You could also scout stores for free boxes. Our local Trader Joe’s had a ton of empty beverage boxes, free for the taking, but they were just too small for our needs this time around.

Getting ready to move? Here's 7 useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

Easy Box Labeling System

This is something that I used for this move. I’ve always labeled our boxes very clearly so I would know exactly what I had in each but, because we were going to put some boxes in storage and take some out for our apartment, I labeled each box with a red or green circle. Red meant that we didn’t need it and it stayed in the storage unit, green meant that it needed to go to the apartment. It also helped when we unpacked the moving truck into the storage unit. Boxes with a red circle went to the back of the unit while the boxes with a green circle went to the front. Simple but effective.

Moving? Here's 7 useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

Packing Glasses and Dishes

In the early days, we would use newspaper to wrap our glasses and dishes but they always needed to be washed after they were unpacked. Once packing paper came out, we used that but it’s expensive and was thrown away after the move, which is a huge waste. The last few moves we ditched the packing paper and started using paper towels. After our glasses and dishes are unwrapped, the towels are reused for cleaning the new place or to wipe the dog. No more wasted packing paper.

Here's 7 useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

Mattress Bags

If you’ve ever moved before then you know what a pain it is to move a mattress, and keep it clean. We found these awesome heavy duty *mattress bags at a local home improvement store for $8 each. Well worth the money and it saved us from the tedious task of wrapping our mattresses and box springs.

Ready to move? Here's 7 useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

Shrink Wrap

This is, hands down, the best thing ever when you are packing up to move. We use it on everything from our rugs to our dressers, to keep the drawers from sliding open, to our couch and dining chairs. All of our furniture ends up getting wrapped in *shrink wrap. Best stuff ever!

Ready to move? Here's my 7 most useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.comVisit the Doctor

The one bad thing about moving is leaving the doctor, dentist and hairdresser that took months to find. Just the thought of finding new everything is overwhelming, so I make sure that we visit all of our doctors right before we leave (I try to do this with the dog too). We get our eye exams, physicals, dental checkups, and haircuts right before we move so that I don’t have to stress about finding us someone new as soon as we get to our new place. You still have to research and find that perfect place again but you don’t have the pressure to do it right away when you are trying to get settled.

Clean Linens

There’s nothing worse than getting to your new place and not having clean sheets or the shower curtain is nowhere to be found. It’s happened to me before and, trust me, it’s no fun when you’re exhausted from moving and ready for a hot shower and a clean bed. I’ve learned my lesson and now I pack a set of clean bed linens, clean bath towels, and a freshly washed shower curtain, with the rod and curtain rings, in a clearly labeled box and put it in the car with our suitcases and other necessities so it can easily be found. I usually end up washing sheets or a mattress pad the morning of the move but I’m so thankful I took the time to do it when we’re getting ready for bed that first night.

Moving? Here's my 7 most useful moving tips and tricks to make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

There you have it, 7 of my most helpful moving tips and tricks. There’s more, a lot more, but these were the big ones for this move. Hmmm…The Moving Pro’s. Maybe a new career path for hubs and me? Nah, I’ll stick to my day job. ūüėČ

What about you? Any useful moving tips that have worked great for you?

Looking for more moving tips?

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How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

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Hey, ya’ll. We are in North Carolina and I’m so excited to be back. It’s been a crazy few weeks but we are finally in our temporary digs, a one bedroom apartment, so I thought it was time to give you an update on what’s been going on and where we’re headed.

Selling our house in Illinois and moving to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.comNorth Carolina, Here We Come!

In case you’re new to Chatfield Court, I’ll give a quick rundown on the big move. In February, the hubs was offered a job in North Carolina and, after a whirlwind trip and some soul searching, we decided to take the plunge and move. I shared more about it here.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the movng truck to go North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We had 6 weeks to get everything done before his job start date, and by everything I mean we had to get the house ready to sell, put it on the market and sell it, pack all of our belongings, find a temporary place to live in North Carolina and plan our 2-day trip down, which included moving trucks and hotels for the 10 days prior to moving into an apartment. Sounds reasonable, right? ūüėČ Luckily, the house sold in less than a day and, although it was difficult, we got all the packing and plans made before our move out date.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the living room to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We looked into having a moving company come and do everything for us, packing, loading the truck and driving our stuff down, but after working the numbers decided to do it all ourselves. Paying a moving company to move out of state is expensive…very, very expensive, so there was no question that we would have to do it all ourselves. Well, not all by ourselves, we had a few awesome friends come to help us load the big yellow truck.

The kitchen…my newly remodeled kitchen. Sigh…It was hard to leave it after all of the work we put into it.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the kitchen to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

Unfortunately, we ran out of room in the moving truck, so the hubs will be going back to Illinois next weekend to load up another truck to drive back down. I know…what a pain, but we saved thousands by doing it all ourselves (that’s what we keep telling ourselves anyway).

Selling our house in Illinois and filling up the truck to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We’re Here!

It took two long days to drive down and, once we were here, we headed straight to our storage unit to unload the truck. Because we couldn’t move into our apartment before April 1st, which I rented sight unseen, we had to stay in a hotel for a week. We had no time to rest though because hubs started his new job the day after we arrived in town and I hit the ground running with our awesome realtor.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing the truck to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

On April 1 we were ready to give up living out of boxes and suitcases and move into our apartment, so it was back to rent another moving truck, load up the necessary belongings from the storage unit, and head to our temporary digs. Are you dizzy yet? We weren’t dizzy but definitely sore, bruised and thoroughly exhausted.

Selling our house in Illinois to move to North Carolina for a new job. | chatfieldcourt.com

It took a few days, and lots of trips back and forth to the storage unit, but we are settling in. We haven’t lived in an apartment in 30 years and it’s taking me some time to adjust. It’s not ideal, but I know that it’s only temporary.

Where We’re Headed

I’ve looked at a few homes since we arrived but the inventory is pretty low. We’re working on it every day and I know that the right house will come along, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Our big move to North Carolina for a new job. | chatfieldcourt.com

So that’s where we stand as of today. In case you’re keeping score, we’ve rented 2 moving trucks (with 2 more in our immediate future), stayed in 2 hotels and drove 600+ miles over two days (with one more 600+ mile trip to go). The good news, though, is that the hubs’ job is going well, it’s springtime in North Carolina and we’re excited about finding the perfect home. I think we are going to like it here.

Springtime and wisteria in North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.comI’ll be sharing a post or two on what you need to do when you’re getting ready to move, and our house hunt journey, so stay tuned. Happy weekend!

I shared some tips on getting your home ready to sell if you want to check it out.

How to get your home ready to sell, quickly and for the most money. | chatfieldcourt.com

How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

 

 

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In my last post, I shared the news that we were moving to North Carolina for a new job. Once we made the decision to go we had to take the next big step, which was to put the house on the market.

Ready to put your house on the market? What every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.com

We’ve sold 6 homes during our 30 year marriage, and they’ve all sold pretty quickly, so I’ve done this enough times to know what you should do to¬†get your home ready to sell. This isn’t about picking a great realtor or setting the right price, which are important steps to consider when selling, this is all about getting your home ready to put on the market.

front of house pic 4Before we even sign the papers for the realtor to list our house, we always go through a checklist¬†of things to focus on to get the house ready. If you need to sell a house quickly like we did, and even if you don’t, you have to make a list of the most important things that should be done. This isn’t the time to build a deck or start a big remodel, you are just doing essentials to get on the market.

How to get your home ready to sell

Declutter

  • This is probably the single most important thing you can do before you put your house on the market. It’s a¬†great time to get rid of things that have been sitting in the basement collecting dust (hello old Christmas tree) or cluttering up the closet. Do a quick sort, you don’t want to think too much about it, and anything that hasn’t been used in a year or two, and you know you won’t use again, goes in a donation or trash pile. You need to do this in every room. Prospective¬†buyers will come into your house and look in every closet, and even the kitchen cabinets, so you want them to look as uncluttered and neat as possible.

Cleaning up clutter is one thing that every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.com

Make Repairs

  • Do you have a railing that needs to be painted, kitchen cabinets that need a quick touchup or a temporary shade in a bedroom window? Now’s the time to get all of the little cosmetic jobs done that never seemed important enough to finish. Your house will be put under the microscope when buyers come through, so you want them to see your house in the best light possible.

Clean Up the Yard

  • Whatever the time of year, you should try to do what you can to make your yard look it’s best. Put away the shovel or broom that is leaning against the house and pick up the sticks scattered around your yard. This go-round, we set up the deck with our patio set and outdoor rug, even though it’s winter. You want the outside to look as good as the inside.

Cleaning up the yard is one thing that every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.com

Give Your House A Good Cleaning

  • Once you’ve decluttered and made necessary repairs, it’s time to give your house a thorough cleaning. That means dusting, vacuuming, cleaning all of the¬†bathroom fixtures, cleaning dirty rugs, washing windows and dusting light fixtures (I’ve even cleaned the bulbs). Your kitchen should be spotless too. Spend the extra time to clean the oven, replace drip pans and make sure the fridge is presentable and smelling good. Remember, buyers look at (and in) everything when they come into your home, and stoves and refrigerators are not exempt from scrutiny. A bit much? Maybe. But I think that showing a clean house, even if it has some flaws, is more likely to sell than showing a dirty house.

Staging Your Home

  • One very last thing you should do before the “For Sale” sign goes up in the yard is to stage your home. Take down personal pictures, don’t forget to repair the holes, declutter countertops and tabletops and keep decoration to a minimum. I approach this step completely differently than I would if I was photographing a room for the blog. For instance, if¬†I’m shooting the kitchen for a post, I’ll put bottles of San Pelligrino out along with a cutting board and maybe some fruit or a loaf of Italian bread.

Simplifying is one thing that every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.com

But, if I’m getting ready for a buyer to come through, I’ll make sure all the countertops are completely clear. You want them to see all of the awesome space they’ll have when they are cooking a meal in their new kitchen. I may add some fresh flowers or a throw on a¬†bed, but that’s as far as I’ll go.

Keeping kitchen counters clear is one thing that every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.com

See the difference? Yeah, it may be a little boring but you want buyers to come into your home and see themselves in there, not you. You need to go through and do this in every room. Make them look pretty but not personal. Simple is best.

Showing Your Home in its Best Light

  • Your home is ready and it’s on the market¬†when you get that first exciting call that someone wants to see it. There are a few things you need to do before you walk out the door to let the prospective buyer in.
    • make all the beds, clean up the bathroom and clear your kitchen counters
    • turn every light on in the house, even in the closets and basement
    • make sure your house smells it’s best, if I have fair warning I’ll light a couple of candles (just make sure you extinguish them before you leave)
    • remove pet toys and bedding (mine goes in the basement or a locked armoire, I’ve even put them in my car)
    • take your pet with you (it’s not always convenient, but not everyone likes pets)
    • lock up or take valuables with you (I pack a bag with my expensive jewelry, computer and any personal papers that are laying around)

One last look around and you’re ready to show your home knowing that it looks it’s very best.

Keeping your decor simple is one thing that every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.comWhat every homeowner should do to get your home ready to sell. | chatfieldcourt.comPutting  your home on the market is definitely stressful and a lot of work, but if you follow these simple steps to getting it ready, you may get an offer quicker than you thought. Ours went under contract less than 24 hours after it went on the market, so it is possible.

Have you ever sold your home? Do you have any tips on how to get your home ready to sell?

In case you missed it, I shared the reason why we’re moving here…

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Change of Plans…

…and 7 helpful tips and tricks for moving.

7 useful moving tips and tricks that will make your move easier. | chatfieldcourt.com

7 Helpful Moving Tips and Tricks 

 

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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.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.com

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.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.com

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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