Yesterday we closed on both of our houses. We signed the papers to sell our house at noon, and signed the papers to purchase our new house at 4pm. Since we're moving an hour away, the closings were in different towns. Earlier in the morning, our buyers had their final walk-through in our home. To say it was a busy day would be downplaying it!
But it all worked out, and I'm thrilled to have everything finalized. My husband and I bought 15 gallons of paint and a hand-held steamer to remove wallpaper before heading to the new house to check it out. The house needs updating. We're used to house projects, and we're excited to fix it up in our style. Some of the work we'll hire out, and some we'll do ourselves.
I thought we were just dropping off paint. I didn't exactly expect my husband to start chipping away at the ceramic tile surrounding the fireplace three minutes after we arrived, but maybe I should have? Ha! While he popped tiles and ripped up carpet for an hour, I took my sweet time inspecting everything.
And I realized--boy, do we have our work cut out for us.
Between a desperate need of a power wash, the multiple bees nests in every eave, a dilapidated deck crying for stain, a peeling, leaning mailbox, and let's not forget the weeds peeking up through the cracks in the concrete driveway--the outdoors alone will keep me busy for quite a while.
Indoors, we're facing several rooms of wallpaper, dirty windows, an out-of-date kitchen, carpet that needs to disappear pronto, and light fixtures that have seen better days.
Yes, it will be a lot of work, but I know it will be worth it. The neighborhood is great, the layout just right, and the town is super cute. We can't wait to get started!
For all of you interested in packing methods, I'm sharing my suggestions, so stop by Melissa Tagg's blog today. I'm honored to be her guest--thanks, Melissa, for having me!
Is your house a work-in-progress? What's your next decorating project?
Have a fantastic Wednesday!