An Update on Our Move to North Carolina

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. |

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

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. |

How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell



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  1. Friday,April 8, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Oh, my I’m tired just reading what you have been doing. Glad you made it and now the fun part of finding a new home.

    • Kristi
      Friday,April 8, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks Kim, I’m really looking forward to the house hunt, as soon as more houses go on the market. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Friday,April 8, 2016 / 9:53 am

    You must be exhausted!! I think your new kitchen looks sweet (nothing like your old one…but sweet and livable until you find something new!). That house looks super charming! If that is what the neighborhood looks like, you’re in good shape!! Now go take a nap!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You deserve it!!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,April 9, 2016 / 1:41 am

      We are pretty tired. The new kitchen isn’t bad, definitely not my remodeled kitchen, but it will do for now. So many charming homes around here. I hope that we’re able to get something that we both really love. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now excuse me while I go take a nap. ;P

  3. Friday,April 8, 2016 / 10:09 am

    I do not know where you found the energy to write a post after all that work. Do you have a month to month lease on the apartment? I have looked in my area for a month to month lease, in case my condo sells before I find a new home, but to no avail. I did find one but it was outrageous in price. You are right, not much inventory in houses right now. I have decided to wait a little before listing in hopes of better inventory when school lets out.

    Your new apartment looks great for a sight unseen choice. Good luck in finding a new home and in your new adventure.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,April 9, 2016 / 1:49 am

      I’m not sure where I got the energy from, to tell you the truth. We are running on empty right about now and we’re not done moving. You do what you have to do, right? We were lucky enough to find an apartment with a 3-month lease. We have to pay a little more but it’s worth it so we don’t get stuck in a year long lease. Now we just have to find the house. You are so smart to wait to list Debbie. You don’t want to sell and not have a place to live.

      The apartment is ok, definitely livable. I’m just not cut out for living with limitations on decorating. I’m sure that soon enough, I’ll have too much to do when we find that perfect fixer. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you have a great weekend Debbie!

  4. Friday,April 8, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    I’ve been where you are so many different times, Kristi, as I’ve kind of shared with you before. It is exhausting, and all you want to do is settle into your own home with your belongings around you. I know you’re going to find the perfect home. That shake shingle bungalow is a charmer. Wow! Did you get to see the interior? Get some rest, my friend. As Kim said, you deserve it! Hugs, Nancy

    • Kristi
      Sunday,April 10, 2016 / 11:28 pm

      I know you understand what I’ve been going through Nancy. It’s so exciting but, at the same time, thoroughly exhausting. I don’t think I’ll truly feel settled until we are in our own home. Wasn’t that house a beauty? We did go in it but it just wasn’t for us. No room for a second bath and it needed a lot of exterior work to the structure. Not the kind of fixer upper we were hoping for. Ours is out there, we just have to discover it. Thanks Nancy for your support. It means so much when someone understands what you’re going through. Hope you have a great week!

  5. Jessica [Havok]
    Friday,April 8, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Glad to hear everything went smoothly for you guys (except the having to make a second trip part, but if that’s the only major hiccup, that’s a success in my eyes!). I’m amazed, though, that you were able to find an apartment so quickly – no such luck doing that in my area, ha (though I would not doubt that a house as beautiful as the one you put up for sale would go in a day here, immediately). Moving is crazy expensive, though, especially hiring out any part of it. I’m glad to see y’all went with something other than U-Haul. A few years back we moved from the north part of the state to the southern part of the state, and before we got all the way to the new house, found out the brakes were going out on the U-Haul. My parents called and complained and told them they’re gonna come pick it up, because they aren’t driving it (uh, because no brakes!) and it was not pleasant ๐Ÿ˜› I hope you both get time to relax and settle in and just *breathe* for a bit and enjoy NC! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Kristi
      Sunday,April 10, 2016 / 11:36 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. I was surprised we were able to find an apartment too, especially one that didn’t require a year long lease. I wouldn’t want to live here permanently, but it’s better than a hotel, which is what we did for 3 months the last time we moved. Wow, what a terrible experience with U-Haul. We almost booked them and I kept hearing really bad things about them so we switched. It’s the first time we moved long distance ourselves and I’m glad that we went with, what seems like, a better company. One more trip but so far so good. We are looking forward to relaxing a bit and getting to know our new state. First, though, we need to catch up on our sleep. It’s been a long 6 weeks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Monday,April 11, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Hey! I live in NC. about an hour east of Raleigh. Welcome!!! I just signed up for emails. I look forward to hanging out here.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 12, 2016 / 1:20 am

      Hi Sherry! Thanks for the welcome and for signing up for emails. So glad you found us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Monday,April 11, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    WHEW I think that I forgot to breathe while reading all of what you two managed to do in such a short space of time. I still think it is a miracle about your house selling so quickly. What an adventure you guys are having ; after the soreness and exhaustion goes away a bit I think you should think it’s rather romantic in a way…like when you first started out together ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s hoping you find the perfect house there and I MEAN the perfect one…it needs to have a kitchen very similar to what you created in the old house. And if you can have one miracle, you might as well have TWO, right??? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,April 13, 2016 / 1:25 am

      Oh Deb, it’s been an exhausting whirlwind, that’s for sure, but we are really enjoying our great adventure. Neither one of us expected it to be this hard but I think it will all be good in the end.

      The big issue now is finding the perfect house. Leaving our Illinois home, and new kitchen, was really tough and I’m nervous that we won’t be able to find a great fixer upper that can be turned into our dream home, with a dream kitchen. One can only hope. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Richard (in Charlotte, NC)
    Tuesday,April 12, 2016 / 1:35 am

    Did your Hub’s new employer not even offer to help pay moving expenses?! I surely hope that they have killer benefits otherwise. Welcome to North Carolina! I do hope everything works out well for you two.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,April 13, 2016 / 1:27 am

      Thanks for the welcome, we are really excited to be here.

  9. Jane
    Tuesday,April 12, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    Welcome to NC! Lived here all my life and LOVE IT! Kids live in different parts of the state so we enjoy traveling around and experiencing new things. Wonderful climate from the mountains to the sea and great people. Subscribe to “Our State” magazine (or pick up freebies at local library) and learn about all the interesting sights, restaurants and culture. I could go on and on, but the fun part will be discovering our treasures for yourself!

    Good Luck and thanks for sharing!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,April 13, 2016 / 1:09 am

      Hi Jane and thanks for the warm welcome. I have talked to so many others who have lived and love NC just like you and it’s makes me excited to be here. The hubs and I both feel so comfortable here already and look forward to exploring this great state. Thanks for the tip about the magazine, I’ll definitely look into it. I’m so glad you stopped in and commented today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sue
    Wednesday,April 13, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Adding another “Welcome to NC!” This is a particularly pretty spring- you picked a good time to move here! I second the “Our State” magazine idea, Southern Living and Coastal Living are good ones too ๐Ÿ™‚
    If you are into antiques or vintage- check out the Liberty antiques festival April 29th and 30th- it’s a great one! I came to NC to go to college and never went back-hope you enjoy living here as much as we do!

    • Kristi
      Friday,April 15, 2016 / 1:01 am

      Thanks Sue, I love to hear from the awesome people that live in NC. Thank you too for the added info on magazines and the antique festival. I’ve already looked it up and put it on my calendar. So excited to check it out. ๐Ÿ™‚

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