August 28, 2006

What Happened?

Last week was hard on everyone around here. First, we had a visitor, which always takes up a lot of time. Second, despite what I said earlier, we still went out and looked at a few more houses.

And we found one -- a beautiful, hundred year old Victorian on the other side of town. It wasn't perfect, and it wasn't move in ready. However, it seemed like we could do the work to make it great and ready to move in for the amount we could make from selling our current house and using some of our savings. On Friday we had an inspection and realized there were far more issues than we had seen on our own.

I'm a bit disappointed, but not so very much as one might think. It's a lovely house with a lot more room, but I think the idea of taking on the work this one needed right before a baby arrived was probably madness anyway. We don't think the owner will accept a much lower offer than our original one, so now we can concentrate on just getting ready for Adams 4.0 and staying put here for at least a while longer.

As expected, the owner was not inclined to take less than our previous agreement, which was already well under her asking price. It will be interesting to see if there is some one out there with the money and time to buy the place at the price the owner wishes to get.


It's a sickness. Welcome to my pain ;)

You've done so much yardwork, you really ought to stick around and enjoy it (and the nice new gable window) for a little while!

Posted by: Lenise at August 28, 2006 09:52 AM

It can be tempting to cash in when you see how much your house has appreciated. You usually end up having to spend the extra (plus some) to get another house. While kidlets can be very adaptable, it's somewhat comforting to provide them with constants in their lives.

Have you been able to set aside a good amount of space for your homeschool area? I wonder if that additional requirement, along with another youngster on the way, is giving you the house-hunting bug.

Posted by: MarcV at August 28, 2006 10:16 AM

Lenise, my garden would be a very painful thing for me to leave. It's really come into its own in the last year.

Marc, we don't have a good space for homeschooling. Books get stored in a couple of places. We have to move from room to room for different activities. It gets the job done, but isn't ideal. And, of course, having a fourth child in a three bedroom house with tiny bedrooms does make it a bit cramped around here. I am thankful for the roof over our heads though -- and it really is a nice house.

Posted by: Jordana at August 28, 2006 11:52 AM