Hi, I'm back! I have to apologize for my long absence. I'm hoping to put a lot more time in to drawing in the next little while, and I've got a few ideas and changes coming up for my little blog. But first, I thought I'd catch my few loyal followers up on what we've been doing while I was gone.
For those that don't know, we recently moved. Not just houses, but towns. And we're so happy with our decision! But, it was sort of spur of the moment, chaotic, time-consuming, and stressful, so my hobbies took the backseat for a while.
Here's the longer story (with pictures!)
We'd toyed with the idea of moving to this area for ages. I wanted to be closer to my family, and we had the general sense that we could afford more if we moved a little further out of the Greater Toronto Area. We talked about it fairly often and I regularly stalked houses here on MLS, but we knew we shouldn't uproot unless the benefits of moving really outweighed the comfort and ease of staying put.
Then, one late fall day of last year, the kids fell asleep in the car close to bedtime. So, on a lark, we took an hour and a half road trip just to drive by this beautiful 4 bedroom Queen Anne that I'd seen on MLS (and had been daydreaming about for months.)
It was lovely. I swooned like a teenager as we drove by four or five times.
We did some quick math and realized that we could buy this house with a much lower mortgage payment than the bungalow we were currently outgrowing. As a single income family, we were feeling pretty house poor, so the idea of more month at the end of our money was very appealing. And, we were looking at more space in a beautifully restored century home close to my family (yet not much further from Scott's). We went from undecided to totally on board with the idea of relocating.
(Spoiler alert: this isn't the house we ended up buying, but it did set the plan in motion.)
Then we found a real estate agent.
I got in touch with Adele, a book club friend and amazing real estate agent. She came over to do a property assessment.
She had a home stager come by to give us a list of everything we needed to do to get the house ready to sell. We still had work to be done from a renovation the year before, so a few small changes was actually a pretty big list of to-do's, including painting, drywall work, plumbing, and taking out about 75% of our clutter.
And then we got to work
I, of course, worried about everything that could go wrong...as I'm known to do. Scott, on the other hand, took everything in stride and assumed the best outcome. As he's known to do.
We went from the daydreaming stage to selling our home in under two months, so things moved really quickly. (This is probably when I stopped drawing and started staring blankly at my phone in my free time.)
Luckily, we had help
Luckily for us, we had some great help from friends and family. Especially this guy, who really kept the project on track. Nothing motivates you like having your volunteer helper start work before you've finished your morning cup of coffee. Without him, we'd probably still be in our old house daydreaming about this move. (In case he's reading this, he should know that we're very grateful.)
And, by some miracle, despite kids and work and some medical adventures thrown in the mix, we got our old house ready in about a month. Next up was staging, selling, and moving. Which I've done a bit of doodling about, so stay tuned for more next week 🙂