We listed our house today. We began this journey just over a year ago. The journey to this point involved decluttering and purging our lives of items that just sat around taking up space and not being used. Last year we held a big garage sale and sold almost everything that had not been used within the past six months. Now, our closets are no longer stuffed to overflowing, our kitchen cabinets are not packed full of dishes that never get used, and we feel generally lighter.
Our plan from the beginning was to see if we could get rid of enough stuff/junk to move from our four bedroom, three bath house into a two bedroom apartment. After our big purge, we felt this goal was achievable. The only thing that really stood in the way was a remodel of our bathroom shower that had already started. That project took a really long time because we were trying to pay cash for most of the work. That project completed over the summer.
Again we hesitated, as by this time our daughter had already started kindergarten. She has a great teacher in a good school and has already been making friends. For my wife and I, it’s easy to uproot our lives to move across town, but it’s more difficult for us to uproot the life of our daughter.
We spent some extra time researching school districts and have found an area where we’d like to live. Our first choice apartments were really awesome apartments, but they were in a really poor school district. The school is currently B rated according to the state, but GreatSchools.org rated them a 3 out of 10. The same held true for any of the areas that were really close to my work.
We looked a little further away at our second choice area which is about 15 minutes from work. Here we have two choices for apartments. One is a fairly standard apartment layout with three story buildings and outside stairs and breezeways. The other is a super nice apartment building that was initially intended to be condos. These are more of an urban style with an attached parking garage and swipe key entries to interior hallways. The nicer ones also come with a higher price tag.
The good thing about this area, though, is the A rated schools that GreatSchools.org rated 9 out of 10. Also they have swing sets on the playground which was a huge selling point for our daughter. It seems most schools do not have swing sets anymore. With two possibilities for good apartments in a great school zone, we have finally settled on our target area.
Over the past month or so, we have been in contact with a realtor that we found through Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider program. The idea behind this program is that realtors are vetted by the Dave Ramsey team. They are supposed to be teachers in that they will walk their clients through the process step by step and help them understand the process. I have found this to be true with the realtor we selected.
Yesterday we signed the papers with our realtor, and our house will officially be on the market today.
It is exciting and scary all at the same time!