|All photos courtesy of Twist Tours|
Neil and I just finished signing the closing documents on our house. By the time this post is live, the money will be in our account and we will no longer be homeowners. *Insert celebratory cheers!* All things considered, the sale of our house went smoothly, and we couldn't be more thankful for how things turned out.
This house was the first home we owned. It was where HP was born, learned to walk, and said his first words. We have so many good memories from our time there: walks through the neighborhood while wearing HP, exploring the creek and trail in the parkland behind our house, baths for HP in the kitchen sink before bedtime, conversations with neighbors, and snacking on our harvest from the front yard, to name a few. It was a good home to us.
We moved out of the house last summer to be in a more walkable location. This spring we decided that we would sell when our tenants' lease was up at the end of June, regardless of whether or not we were leaving Austin. Things moved faster with Neil's job search than we anticipated and we ended up with a very small window to get the house ready to sell after our tenants moved out and before we left town. We managed to list it the day after we moved to Bloomington.
The first weekend we received six offers--five above asking price. I thought it would be smooth sailing from there, but we went under contract three times before it finally sold. It all worked out for the best, as the final contract was actually the best offer we had received throughout the whole process. We were incredibly lucky with our timing for both buying and selling--we bought before the market took off in Austin and sold in a strong sellers' market.
We bought the house in the spring of 2012 and moved in just a few weeks before HP was born. To anyone considering buying a house while pregnant, I recommend not buying a fixer-upper. I am sure that is obvious to most everyone in the world, but apparently not to us. Here's the list of work we've done on the house since buying it (items in bold done by us, and by us I mostly mean Neil):
- Removed ceilings and abated the asbestos (asbestos was in the popcorn on the ceilings and was cracking/peeling)
- Installed new ceilings
- Patched, cleaned, and stained concrete floors
- Put in radiant barrier in the attic to improve energy efficiency
- Installed new insulation in the attic
- Installed a ridge vent on the roof
- Installed a whole-house fan
- Refinished the pantry with all new wood
- Put in a garden and built compost bins
- Replaced a rotting window in the enclosed garage with French doors
- Installed a solar tube in living area
- Remodeled the kitchen
- Remodeled the bathroom
- Installed new energy-efficient windows
- Repaired the foundation
- Replaced the back half of the roof (the front had been replaced a few years before we moved in)
- Installed a new bamboo privacy fence
- Refinished the bathtub
- Repaired drywall cracks
- New paint everywhere (ceilings, cabinets, trim, and walls)
I have many thoughts about what we will look for in our next (hopefully forever) home. But for now, we are going to enjoy a few months of just being renters.