I’m sitting in my new kitchen (on the only chair we currently have here). I’ve just connected the iPad to the wireless for the first time!
The kids are exploring their new surroundings. Hubby set up a TV last night. They’re happy… I have five minutes to cool down a bit!
So far this morning I’ve brought two car loads of stuff over. It’s hot and humid and I’m a sweaty mess. By tomorrow night we will be living here. Well, camping anyway!
Our old house is the tidiest it’s ever been and I’m trying to keep the children (a.k.a the destructors) out of it to limit the amount of re-tidying I need to do.
Our Realtor will be starting viewings on Thursday… It’s rather nice knowing that I don’t have to be in the house for the viewings, something I hated doing when we last sold a property in the UK (that we were actually in the country to sell!).
That’s the biggest difference between buying/selling here in the US and in the UK; your Realtor. A good one will earn their money; finding you the right property, advising you on your offer, helping you through the process, putting together your schedule and then actively advertising your property, taking on the job of coordinating viewings and covering Open Houses. There is also a lot more paperwork that you need to deal with, in the UK your solicitor does more of it for you, on your behalf. Here, you have to sign and initial several hundred pieces of paper before you get the keys to your new house!
The market here at the moment is moving very quickly and we will have viewings from Thursday and over the weekend, with an Open House on Sunday. With any luck, we will have an offer by Monday evening. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
It’s been chaotic, and that will continue for awhile, so the blog is taking a back seat! If only there were several more hours in the day :)
I can’t wait to give you a proper tour of the new house and garden (and all the projects we have to do). But, here is a little taster of both…
[House and garage from front garden; living room looking towards the dining room; looking out of master bedroom into the hall; the very blue hall and stairs; looking towards to the back of the house; some of our rocks…]
As is sit here in the kitchen, I am very aware of how much work we need to do. From dealing with the attractive flowery wallpaper to replacing the roof; everything needs done. But, we are in no rush. We will do a room at a time, and make sure we do the roof before winter!
But first, I’m going to have a little rest before the next car load of boxes :)
[Update 9 July 2015: I’m linking this post up with the lovely Chantelle from Seychelles Mama, for her Expat Family linky. I wrote this post almost exactly a year ago and I would love to say that we’ve done all the work I mentioned… Of course, that hasn’t happened, but we are getting there. From the full house rewire to the huge landscaping project to sort out the drainage at the back of the house, lots of (invisible!) progress has been made. And, the pink flowers in the living room you can see in the photo above, gone! Replaced with a lovely calming grey. The roof however, well, as I sit here typing I can see roof tiles flying past the window… It’s taken a year, but the roof is now being replaced! Next come the external walls/sidings and windows… Yes, really, the walls; wooden houses, still can’t get my head around that! I had hoped to write a new post for this month, but summer vacation and dealing with contractors have resulted in very little time available. But, this post seemed appropriate :)]