The Real Estate Issue
Selling or buying a house along with moving is stressful enough as it is, but our experience was unusually complicated. As I said in our “Going “Off the Grid”“post, we had a septic issue the week of our sale…don’t we have all the luck. More than one expert said our system was not failed, but our buyers and their realtor weren’t going to be happy until they could find their own expert that disagreed.
Long story short, they wanted more money from us. We had already given a lot, and the truth is if we weren’t down to the last minute, with our dream home and land just within our grasp, we would have sent them packing. We had been giving, giving, giving, and they had been taking and taking all along, egged on by their realtor. It was never enough, and we thought the deal was over until our realtors stepped in to save it all. So many people other than just us stood to lose if the deal fell through at the last minute, including the sellers of the home we wanted who had just flown in from Florida for the closing.
Luckily for us, we have a lot of good people in our lives who are unselfish and willing to give. We had cancelled our U-Haul truck and movers, and the buyers of our house refused to give us any more time to get all of our stuff out. It was a workday so much of my family was unavailable but we found some good friends who were available and came at the last minute to help us get all of our stuff out in one afternoon. We had already packed and moved a lot of belongings to a storage unit, so it was the big furniture and last minute items that needed to go.
One of my best friends and her son came to help, along with a contractor friend, his brother, and one of our original helpers. Sheryl and I did the packing, and the men did all the moving. We got everything on the truck and got the house cleaned by late that evening. It was beyond stressful.
We closed on our sale in a tension filled room in the morning, and then we could finally breathe again. The dogs and Sam were at my sister’s and we went up there to be with them before doing a walk through and the closing on the house we bought in the late afternoon. The sellers of our new house were very gracious, good people, and they appreciated the fact that we were going to love their home, which they had lived in for over 40 years, so much. That closing was filled with laughter.
Things were a bit more complicated because we bought their house “with contents”, meaning we had to clean out their stuff before we could move ours in. Since they lived mostly in Florida, and are older, we thought it would sweeten our offer to do that, and we feel we got a very good deal on the house and land making it worth it. It also meant we had furniture for our first night in the new house, and we had people coming over the next day to help with the cleaning, moving their stuff out, and then moving our stuff in (they had let us move some items in the week before which also helped).
The Dogs and Samantha
The hardest part for the crew was that they had to be separated from us so much in order to keep them safe from all the commotion and open doors. Sam had to spend time in a crate, and the dogs were either in their new pen or inside in a room once we had it set up and could close it off.
My sisters, two girlfriends, and the same crew from Thursday were there to help again. When one of my sisters showed up, I asked her immediately if she would play with the dogs which she was happy to do. The dogs at least got their play time every day, and even the DirecTV installer was happy to throw the ball for the girls! Luke had started to get a little snarky with his sisters, but who could blame him? We had all been under so much stress and I knew he was just overtired and over stressed from all of the people around. Heck, even my hubby and I were snarling at each other from time to time! So we separated them and let Luke chill out.
I was all over the place, playing musical chairs with the dogs and making sure they and Sam were doing OK. We had people cleaning, moving, just coming to see the house, and people coming to look at furniture that we were giving away.
By the time everyone cleared out we finally had our new home to ourselves and we could all relax for a bit, even though we were in the middle of a huge mess! Since then we’ve just been unpacking, arranging, and cleaning some more. The dogs have plenty of spaces to relax in, and they’ve spent time out in their pen as well. We make sure they get their daily play time no matter what else is going on.
Just yesterday Luke finally picked up a toy and started playing with it in the house. He hadn’t done that yet and I knew that was a good sign that he was feeling more relaxed and at home. They’ve each found their spots to sleep and just hang out.
We’ve kept Samantha separated, because Luke can be “weird” (snarly) with her at times, such as when she’d escaped outside or been to the vet. But she has her own little “suite” of rooms to hang out in. We’re transitioning her the same way you would if you brought a new cat into the household. Since she’s a bit of a loner anyway, we feel like she’s OK with it. When we have the dogs outside, we let her have the run of the house, and she usually ends up back in “her room” anyway! We also have to find a place to put her kitty litter where the dogs can’t get at it. We have a plan but still need to clean out that area.
I wanted to tell you just a little bit about the house, even though I know this is a pet blog, not a real estate blog! One part of this old farmhouse was originally built in 1815, and then in 1990 a large addition was put on for the open concept kitchen/dining/living room area. A laundry room and second bath were added at that time as well. I’ve always loved old houses but they usually need so much work! This one is a good balance of old and new and it gives it so much character. The basics are good and it shouldn’t need too much major work.
I look forward to updating fixtures, painting and decorating. We do have a lot of work ahead of us but it is work that we will enjoy. Plus there is no rush, so we can take our time getting it to be just the way we want it. Of course, that will include making it into the perfect space for the crew as well, and a fenced in yard is on the top of the list of improvements!
Thank you so much to everyone for your well wishes and supporting us through this process, along with still visiting the blog even though we haven’t been able to get around to visit others much! The support and love from good family and friends is what got us through the insanity; along with seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a new home that we absolutely love.