Exhausted

Exhausted

In which we put our house on the market…

We’ve been so busy since our last post! As you may recall, we were beginning a month ago to work on getting rid of cluttery stuff. Since that time, we’ve…

  • …had a home inspection – on our dime, to uncover anything we needed to be aware of – and Al took care of fixing the issues, which were mainly wiring and roofing related.
  • …rented a 10-yard roll-off box, and filled it (mostly in one weekend) with non-recyclable junk too junky to give away.
    Lots of junk

    Lots of junk

    You know, old bits and pieces from past remodeling projects, broken furniture and appliances, 20-year-old software…

  • …had new hardwood flooring laid in the office – which now the realtor is calling a “den”, so we moved different furniture in so it looks “den-ny”.
    Office before - Den after

    Office before – Den after

    This is something we probably should’ve done years ago!

  • …had the landscaping refreshed – WAY better “curb appeal” now!

    Landscaping before & after. So much tidier!

    Landscaping before & after. So much tidier!

  • …had the top few steps to the dock replaced by a path.
    Dock steps before & after

    Dock steps before & after

    This was a safety concern, as the concrete steps had over the years been uprooted by a tree and were toppling over the bank. Much better AND neater now!

  • …had the entryway bathroom remodeled.
    Guest bath before & after

    Guest bath before & after

    This was actually done around Christmas, but we did it with the house marketability in mind – because really, who wants a pink bathroom these days?

  • …officially listed the house for sale! It looks like a nice place to live, doesn’t it? 🙂

Not to mention spending all of our weekends and evenings (well, almost all – we had to take breaks for trivia nights and some dinners out) moving furniture around and removing all the visible clutter – along with both of us working 40+ hour weeks, and for good measure my helping organize a SharePoint Saturday in Pittsburgh coming up at the end of May. I’ve taken carloads and carloads of stuff to Goodwill and to a rummage sale, as well as using Facebook and Craigslist to get rid of other things (my friends are probably tired of me hawking my wares all the time…). The basement now looks like it actually could be a game room again, rather than an underground attic piled full of stuff. And I could probably fit another Fiat in the garage now in front of mine!

As we’ve been remodeling and sprucing things up, a lot of people have said: “I’ll bet you don’t want to leave now, huh … haha”. And the house is looking better than it has in years, but we’re still very excited about the journey(s) ahead, so the answer is “Nope… still leaving!”

So we… are… exhausted, but we’re now able to spend a bit of time relaxing in our lovely surroundings, and planning our adventures while we wait for someone to buy our house!