I’m staying optimistic about the house. We’ve submitting our request for repairs, hoping most of it gets addressed or that they’ll give us cash at closing. We’ll know for sure by Tuesday. We’re proceeding as though we’ll own in on June 11th because most of me strongly believes in the power of positive thinking. The other part of me always prepares for the worst, JUST IN CASE. But for the sake of this entry? Positive Thinking.
Things I’ll Miss About My Current Home
- It’s easy to clean. This house is not tiny, as it’s a good 500 square feet bigger than the one I grew up in. However, it’s still only 1700 sq ft (The house I grew up in? TINY.) so cleaning it in an hour is a very easy task. The new house? Twice as big. And twice as old. I don’t think I’ll be cleaning that in an hour.
- The kids sharing a room forces us to ban Large Toys. I kinda like having the excuse to ban things like small vehicles and toy kitchens. The sight of large amounts of brightly color plastic tends to make me a little stressed. I don’t mind seeing art stuff all over the place, but for some reason, if a toy is too big for a toy box? I feel like the room is never completely clean. I am weird. I know. In the new house? We have a “bonus room.” There’s no door or doorway to it (The house has a very unique floor plan) so it’s not a bedroom, but we’re making it the play room. Know what that means? No more excuses. Maybe I’ll just pretend that room doesn’t exist.
- This house has a very open floor plan. If you’re at the computer, or in the living room, or cooking dinner – someone in any of the other three rooms can talk to you. The new house is older so the floor plan is not that open. And it has two floors, with the main living area and the kids’ rooms being upstairs from the kitchen. I’m feeling a lot of yelling in my future. Maybe time to invest in a bullhorn?
- This house is done. Especially now that we’re finishing up all the project we said we’d do 5 years ago. Our current house will need no more repair/upgrades in a few weeks. This new house? Well, it’s not horrible. But, every wall will need a fresh coat of paint before we even move in. A lot of fixtures will need replacing eventually. The siding will need repair as soon as we sell our house. It needs updated windows that are more energy efficient. And on and on. We’re okay with that, when you want a bigger house but can’t afford these nice new ones – you buy one that needs work and do the repairs over time. That’s what we’re doing. When it’s all said and done? It will be a wonderful Forever Home. But I’m sad to leave a home that needs nothing in the immediate future. Let’s hope the new homeowners appreciate that.
- The kids share a room. While this is also a big reason to leave our current home, it has forced upon them a wonderful friendship. They really do play together well, and I think it’s because they have no choice. There aren’t other places to play.
- The fence. In the short term, there’s not containment system in place for the dogs at the new home. It’s an uneven and wooded backyard, not easily fenced. Supposedly there was an invisible fence but until we decide how to work that and if we want to go that route, we’ll have to walk the dogs every time they have to go potty. I’m too lazy for that. I don’t even like walking for myself when I have to go potty.