Last spring, after months of viewing properties in real life and online, Honey and I decided to stop looking, stay put, and remodel our existing home. We knew this route would mean giving up on some of the things on our wish list, but spending so much time looking for somewhere else to live had left us both feeling anxious and unsettled. I deleted real estate apps from my phone, started drawing up a plan for adding on a third bedroom and master bath, got a few estimates, and paid a carpenter $10,000 down to start construction of a detached garage.
A day or two later, while at work, I happened to walk behind a coworker who had Zillow open on their computer. There, on the side of the screen, was a thumbnail of a beautiful Craftsman-style home that was FSBO and just happened to be in the exact, desirable location that we had been dreaming of. I asked him to click on it, oohed and aahed at the photos, and said, “If we hadn’t already agreed to stay where we are, I would show that house to Hubie.”
The next morning, I wound up in the emergency room due to blood pressure problems. While lying there waiting for more tests, I casually mentioned the house. After showing him the listing, he said, “If you are seriously interested in it, you had better call and schedule a showing.” I told him to go drive by it and let me know if he liked it before I scheduled anything.
He returned an hour or so later, and had taken pictures from the driveway. I could tell he was just as interested as I was, so I texted our realtor to see if she could set something up. She made an appointment for the next afternoon.
Friday, after work, Hubie and I took Amanda with us to see the house. From the moment we arrived, Hubie and I were in awe. Everything from the extensive crown molding to the landscaping was breathtakingly beautiful. I was extremely happy to see the wooded lot next door would be included in the sale, since I had become accustomed to having a larger amount of acreage at our current home.
They say you know when you find the right home, but I have always been a skeptical person. After walking through the house, we all sat down in the living room and I just kind of knew.
We slept on it, then made an offer early the next morning. The sellers had until 6pm on Sunday to respond. Obviously, we were on pins and needles, and the sellers took their time. Sunday, around one o’clock, we were out driving by the house when my phone rang. Alberta said they had a counter-offer, and we accepted immediately. They asked for 60 days to move, and although we thought it was excessive, we were so happy to have it under contract that we agreed.
Sixty days took much longer to pass than I anticipated. I spent so much time looking at the photos and imaging living there. It seemed impossible that it was happening! I started ordering home decor and donating things that we didn’t want to move. We basically had our entire home boxed up by the end of June. Then they asked for more time.
While all of this was happening, we sold our existing home to one of my employees. He and his wife were delighted to get it, and also called it a “dream come true.” They were scheduled to close on their loan the same week we closed on our new home, and I knew they would be wanting to move in immediately. After talking with them and the sellers, we all agreed on one more week.
We were told we would get our keys on July 4th, so we had everything ready before going out to watch fireworks with friends. We had a Uhaul reserved for early the next morning, but we rushed home and loaded the back of the truck up with boxes while we waited for a text saying the sellers were out. Instead, they didn’t get done until 2am the next morning.
We got up early and rushed over to our new home. It was the greatest feeling in the world to experience the sense of wonder and the total disbelief that this house was ours!
We moved all that day and the next. It was two of the hottest days of the year with heat indices over 100 degrees, but we somehow managed to do it alone.
So, here we are almost 7 months later, and I have the same mixture of disbelief and happiness that I had that very first morning. I lay in bed at night with the greatest cat in the world curled up at my side, I look up at the amazing vaulted ceiling and crown molding, hear the soft sounds of my favorite person watching television in the living room, and wonder how in the world I got so lucky.