Saturday, March 13, 2010

Moving on Up...

I write this post with mixed feelings as I have a Realtor coming to the condo this afternoon to list it for sale.  I know, it has barely been two short years in my cute condo but we have already out grown it.  And this move is not because I have updated every room of the condo and am looking for a new one to reno. haha. Definitely, not, although that will be fun.  This move is because of this one...
Craig and I adopted Abbey a year ago to this day and while she was 10 lbs when we brought her home, she is now a manly 65 lbs.  She loves to run and dig and really does need a fenced in backyard to do those things.  We also feel like such bad puppy parents when confining her to a crate for 8+ hours a day during the work week.  Although she is the main reason we would like to move to a single family home, there are others, like the joy of a garage and not having to carry 10 bags of groceries up a flight of stairs while it may be raining.  It will also be nice to have a third bedroom and not sharing walls with certain neighbors (you all know what I mean).  So that is the why, now on to the when, how, where, what...?

So after talking with the Realtor, it looks like the house will be listed as of Monday.  We are hoping that by pricing it aggressively and by all the updates I have done over the last two years, that we can get a quickish (word?) sale.  At the same time we hope to buy a single family home in the Cary/Apex area in the next two months.  It's going to be a whirlwind, that's for sure.

In getting the house market-ready, I have done a few more updates to the condo that I will be sharing over the week.  Those include painting all the kitchen cabinetry, doing quick easy updates to the second bathroom, and a built in closet unit in the second bedroom closet.  I also don't think I have ever posted about painting the second bedroom, so I will include before and afters for that room as well.  Excited yet?

As I said, there are mixed emotions because I have spent so much of my free time, money, and effort working on this condo that I hate to see it go to a buyer who might ask for more or not appreciate what it use to look like and that they are getting it for practically the same price I did two years ago.  (Sorry, long run on there - typing from the heart.)  But such is the market and a quick sale in this market is like cold hard cash in better times.  Can I post before pictures in all the rooms??

Then at the same time, I am beyond excited about the prospect of moving to a bigger home with a great backyard.  My first thought was, I want NEW! haha, I am tired of spending all my free time doing reno.  However, I just can't resist the temptation to get a great deal on an older home and use the extra cash to make it perfectly me! Plus with older houses you get sooo much more land... goes back to that girly in the picture above.  She would love it!!  Craig and I are trying not to jump the gun but are already addicted to searching and zillow.

Therefore, I am inviting you on our journey to find a new home to love.  Expect posts of prospective homes and please give us your feedback.  As current homeowners, everyone has their own perspectives that offer ah ha moments for those of us virgins to the single family home lifestyle.  Thanks again for reading! <3.


julie said...

I'm glad to see this post. I hope to learn a thing or two about the whole moving up process and I'm sure other people will too. Can't wait to see all the other little updates too!

Jen said...

let me know if you need help, you know i'm always here!