One reason I have been busy is that we have been house hunting, and to cut a long story short we have found a house we have fallen in love with, in the middle of nowhere (dh's description, not mine) on nearly 5 acres. As far as I am concerned it's PERFECT, yes it needs some work, but wouldn't we all if we were built in 1907....... When I walked into the house I got "that feeling." You know the one where you instantly know this one is right for you, the one where you know exactly where your furniture would fit. The one where you can see yourself washing dishes, while looking out of the kitchen window feeling, you know the one? The second and third house I didn't get that feeling at all.
So now the fun begins, we have to play the game of us trying to get it for as little as possible and them trying to get it for as high as possible. It's all done through real estate agents over here, but it's still stressful.
Oh then there is the matter of selling our house. Well the reality there, is that in a market where there is a glut of houses for sale, especially in the area we live, we are going to have to drastically drop the price of our house to sell it.
Really its a case of swings and roundabouts, you sell low, you buy low. Obviously we would love to get what the house was worth this time last year, but that isn't going to happen. So it's a give and take situation.
Meanwhile I have been trying to tidy up our house, as a clean and, show/model home tidy home will make more money than a pig sty, though last weekend we went through three houses and of the three only one had made a bit of an effort to tidy up, and even then there were still cobwebs hanging from the ceilings.
Now my family do call me "Mrs Bouquet" at times, as I do like a clean house, however our house could be a lot cleaner than it is. The last house we went through last weekend, there was clutter everywhere. You couldn't see the kitchen countertops for mess. When we went down the basement, where the bedrooms were, you had to bat the cobwebs aside to get past them.......and you know as well as I do, cobwebs that size don't just sprout up overnight. It looked like Christmas morning as there were presents everywhere, it turned out the mother had just got married, and they had opened all their presents, threw the paper down and dumped the presents on any spare place they could find. I could go on and on, but its not worth my energy. My point though, I can normally see through mess, but this house I just couldn't visulize anything, as I couldn't see past the mess as it was that bad.
I am so excited as the possibilities with this other house are great, so fingers, toes and everything else crossed all this worked out. On a side note, the last two houses we sold, we sold them in February. I would love to be moved before gardening season starts.......we'll see!!