This post may get a bit personal, and I apologize. I know the vast majority of you come here for decor and DIY ideas, and I love giving them to you. If you couldn’t care less about me, scroll down for our listing photos. No hard feelings.
If you want to read on, pull up a chair, grab a drink, and let’s do this. As you can see, Pee Wee’s Parlor (below) is empty. I brought the sofa and rug to the apartment (which I will show you all soon!)
The reason we are selling our house is because I got a new job. This is all my fault. Well, maybe not fault, but the reason my husband is looking for a new job when he has a perfectly good one, the reason our house is on the market, the reason we’re paying for an apartment and house, and the reason I sleep alone at night without my family is my fault. My choice. My doing.
I’m uprooting our family 80 miles away to new city for my mental health and work/life balance, ultimately. I decided my mental health was worth the sacrifice of leaving a home I loved, a town I loved and living away from my husband and Pee Wee for about 2 months.
I don’t regret my decision per se, but I want to stop feeling guilty about being so selfish in making this decision. All that is happening and stressing me out in my life is my own fault.
I signed a one-year lease on an apartment, and I started my new job on September 19. That first week at my new job was one of the most challenging weeks of my life. I cried in the morning, I cried in my car at lunch, I cried for hours on the phone each evening to anyone who would listen. I didn’t sleep. I thought I was dying from heartache. I didn’t eat.
I didn’t realize how much I would miss my husband and dog…I mean I knew I would miss them, but I didn’t fully understand how much it’d kill me to not see them daily. I wanted to drive home that Tuesday the 20th, but my sister-in-law (who lives 6 miles away from me in my new city) invited me out to her birthday dinner.
So many people told me it would get easier, and now I’m in week 3 and it is easier. I don’t cry as much from missing them (I miss them just as much, honestly), I sleep a little more, and I love my new job and employer. My colleagues and bosses are kind, the environment is positive and laid back, and as an introvert, it’s more in my element and comfort zone. Other than the rush hour commute home, it’s truly perfect.
For the record, I drive home on Fridays to spend the weekend with them at the house and then drive back Sunday evening to prep for the work week. Those 50-ish hours fly by. I cuddle with Pee Wee for hours and hours. This upcoming weekend will be the third weekend of this arrangement. Next weekend they’re coming to see me, so we’ll finally get to enjoy city life as a family.
The house has been on the market a week. We had two showings early last week and nothing since then. This process dragging on for months is daunting.
You’ve seen the majority of my home thanks to the blog, BUT we did finally finish the guest bathroom, hallway, living room and a few other projects that I haven’t even written about yet on the blog. I will be sharing these projects over the next few weeks because I think they are cost effective, high impact ways to get your house market ready in a flash.
We also had a HUGE garage sale where we sold about 10+ pieces of furniture and lots of decor to declutter the house and make our move easier. Based on your feedback in the comments of this post, we’ll also be purging more decor to make it more neutral- thanks for the feedback!
Without further adieu, here’s a few of our listing photos. NOTE: There are whole room photos/wide angle, etc. that the agent took that are on the MLS listing but aren’t “blog” worthy. I realize the pics below aren’t wide angle photos, and thank goodness our agent took care of that for us.
If you have any tips for selling a house in a slow market, please tell me in the comments section. I want it to sell like yesterday. (But no mean comments…I can’t do it right now, y’all!)