Last night we signed the contract to sell our house - for a ridiculous $70,000 less than what we originally asked for. We're unhappy about doing so, but had to weigh up whether it was worth holding out longer for not much more, or cutting and running. Which we ended up doing.
Don't get me wrong, we didn't 'lose' on our house, we owed little compared to many others, but what we made was profit that we could have used to further reduce the mortgage we'll take out on the next house. And to spend towards renovations etc.
But, it's done now and it's time to start letting go. On the bright side, I won't have to have the house in a constant show-room standard! For the rest of the month, until settlement, I refuse to clean anymore fans, walls, showers etc.
Because we feel we gave away our home we have decided not to leave the spare floor and wall tiles here, or the shade sails over the cubby. If we aren't legally required to leave it, then it's coming with us. I'm sure I can use the tiles somewhere at the next place - a nice tiled chicken coop would look lovely I'm sure!
So, now is the dreaded start to the 'getting things ready for moving' phase. Notifying utilities, businesses, subscriptions etc. We probably won't get the phone connected out there for a while, and possibly do away with pay-tv even. We'll see how we go I guess.
I'm looking forward to starting on 'light' improvements to the next house like replacing ugly curtains, repainting icky colored walls etc. The big stuff, like pulling out the yellow bathtub in the second bathroom and its mdf brown and white cupboard and sink, as well as getting rid of the ugly brown tiled corner spa with matching smokey mirrored tiles in the ensuite, and later the impractical kitchen cupboards.
And once the wet season is over, start ripping out the copious amounts of 'mother-in-law's tongue' that's planted everywhere and all of the other horrid plants. Most of the plants I want are to provide a purpose in some way, be it providing us with food, or attracting birds or butterflies etc.
So while I'm sad to farewell our lovely home, I'm glad to be rid of the stresses of selling. It's been a strain on us all. Last night The Princess gave me a hug and said "no more 'psycho' mummy!" That sums up how I've been the past three months!
I'm looking forward to sharing my journey in this blog so for now, while I am still sick, it's time for a hard earned rest until the moving nonsense begins.