Saturday, October 29, 2011

Moving Out, Moving On

Moving out of our old house was a bittersweet experience. Not only had we lived there for over 7 years (the longest I've lived anywhere since I moved out of my parents' house), but it was also the first house we owned.

We were excited about moving on to our new house and knew that it was a good change for us, but it was still hard to say goodbye.

We hired a local moving company to help us move. This is the same company that moved us into the house 7 years ago, and in fact, the crew leader for this move was the same as last time. These guys were excellent - friendly, professional, and courteous.

To me, hiring movers is absolutely worth every single penny. They showed up at our house at around 9am and for a couple of hours, things looked a little chaotic.

And then, before lunch time, the house was empty and we were on the road to the new house.

After a stop for lunch, we were at the new house and moving in. I directed traffic and the rooms quickly started to fill up with furniture and boxes. By 4pm, the truck was empty and pulling out of the driveway.

We were finally home in the new house.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Big Kitchens

I have just discovered the downside of having a large kitchen: the amount of shelf paper needed to line the cabinets. I bought ten 12' rolls and used over half of it on the upper cabinets alone.

I know, I know -- first world problems, right? But that is a lot of shelf paper, and I'm only halfway done! So far I've spent about 3 hours measuring and cutting and laying paper.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Decisions, decisions

The color in the main living areas of our new house is remarkably similar to the color of the main living areas in our current house. We obviously like the color but are ready for a change.

We've decided to go gray in the new house. Over the summer we painted one of the bathrooms in our current house light gray, and we really like how crisp it looks against the white trim.

The new house is full of white trim and big windows that let in a lot of light, so we're going to go with a darker shade of gray.

We grabbed a bunch of paint chips at Home Depot the other day and stuck them up on the wall at the new house. I always think choosing a paint color is so overwhelming -- just look at all of those grays!

Going with our initial reactions to narrow down the options, we eliminated about half. Yes, there are still 10 different paint chips up there -- I guess we have a broad definition of narrowed down.

Historically BD has always picked the paint colors that we really like in our current house. (My choices never look as good in reality as they do on the paint chip.) So I will defer to his final decision, but I'll say that my current favorites are the top 2 vertical rectangles in that photo. I'll let you know if one of those gets picked!

We would like to have at least the den painted before the furniture gets delivered on Friday, just so we wouldn't have to move furniture again to paint. Our ultimate goal is to paint the den and the foyer the same color. Both of those rooms are open to the second story, so that is a lot of painting! I'm pretty sure that plan is too ambitious given the amount of packing we still need to do at our current house before Friday.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Our New House

BD and I currently live in a small town about 40 minutes north of our office. About a year and a half ago, we started to think about moving closer to work. We have loved living in our little house for the past 7 years, and we really like this area, but the long drive 2x day 5 days a week was getting really old. Most of our friends live down nearer to work and most of our recreational activities are down that way as well, so it wasn't uncommon for us to make that drive again at least once on the weekend.

We've spent the past 18 months looking at houses occassionally; we knew this wasn't something that was going to happen overnight. But I was obsessive diligent about checking the MLS to see if anything fit our criteria. Because this was purely an elective move, we wanted to take our time and make sure we found the right house to fit our needs.

About 2 months ago, I really started to get discouraged with the whole house search process. We weren't seeing much that we liked, and the few we did like were way over priced. Our realtor suggested we expand our search area. I was initally totally against this idea, as our sole purpose of moving was to be closer to work.

I stewed about it for several days, and finally reluctantly expanded my search criteria to a 15 mile radius from our office.

And this popped up in the search results:

I wouldn't say it was total love at first sight, but it was definite strong like. It is 11 miles from work, which is less than half of the 29 miles we currently drive. It is on 1.5 wooded acres. Our feelings were getting stronger quickly.

We showed up for the appointment to tour it, and that's then I saw this:

Have I mentioned that I like to bake? Do you see those double ovens?? I was practically ready to sign my name on the contract standing in the kitchen.

I took a few calming breaths and tried to make my voice return to a pitch that not only dogs could hear. We continued the house tour, and we continued to be impressed - lots of windows, large bedrooms, plenty of closets.

We finished the tour and went home to think it over. BD and I are not quick decision makers; we mull and stew and talk and think, and then talk and think some more. But the more we discussed it, the more we became sure that this was the house -- our house. 

And then we got a call from our realtor: there was another offer on the house - what did we want to do? For once in our lives, it did not take us long to make the decision: we wanted to put in an offer.

A couple of stressful days later, we were under contract! We closed on the new house on Friday, so it's officially ours.

The last few weeks have been a busy whirlwind. There are several rooms in our house that look like this, with plenty more to still be packed.

The moving truck is scheduled for this upcoming Friday.