Mr. is OUT OF TOWN!

The last post I did was on November 10th…31 days ago. I told y’all about us getting ready to do a bunch of projects on the house so that we could put it on the market on December 1st. We didn’t quite make the 1st, but we were close.

Mr. took two weeks off at Thanksgiving and we busted butt to finish all the projects that I wanted to get done, plus some. We decluttered, packed 33 boxes of  stuff, and took several loads of more stuff to a storage unit! Obviously, we have TOO MUCH STUFF!! Also, while Mr. was off, we took a drive down to Bayou Vista (just this side of the causeway going over to Galveston Island) to look at a house on the market. (we were just looking)

But here is where it gets crazy!

Saturday – December 5th

  • 2:00 pm – Our realtor listed our house online (no photos).
  • 2:30 pm – Mr. finds a leak in our sprinkler system/calls plumber.
  • 3:40 pm – Plumber arrives.
  • 3:50 pm – Our realtor calls and says she has someone who wants to see the house at 4:30.
  • 3:51 pm – I go into panic mode, as I have the realty papers strung out all over the kitchen table. I grab all the papers and stuff them in a drawer in the chest of drawers in our bedroom. I make a mad dash around the house making sure everything is in place and go outside to tell Mr. and the plumber we have people coming at 4:30!
  • 4:25 pm – We leave the plumber to do his thing and we go up the block to sit and wait for him to get done. We also secretly want to see who is coming to look at our house. 🙂
  • 4:30 pm – White car begins stalking our house by slowly driving by again…and again…and again.
  • 4:45 pm – Plumber finishes up and leaves.
  • 4:50 pm – Realtor pulls into drive followed by a couple in the house-stalking white car.
  • 5:15 pm – Prospective buyers and realtor leave and all is calm again.

Sunday – December 6th

  • 11:30 am – We head to Bayou Vista to check out a couple of houses.
  • 11:45 am – Showing service calls to set up an appointment for 12:30 (still no photos are online).
  • 12:30 pm – Mr. and I enjoy lunch on the island and look at three houses plus the one we looked at over Thanksgiving.
  • 8:00 pm – Realtor calls and says we have an offer on the house…from the house-stalking white car couple!
  • 8:01 pm – Negotiations begin!

Monday – December 7th

  • 6:10 am – I drive Mr. to the airport as he is flying to North Dakota for the week. Of course, he is. One person should always be out-of-town when trying to close the deal on a house! Keeps it more entertaining!
  • 9:30 am – Offer is finalized. I sign it, scan it, and email it to Mr. in North Dakota for signature.
  • 2:45 pm – Realtor and photographer arrive to take pictures for online listing.
  • 7:15 pm – Showing service calls to set up an appointment for 6:00 pm tomorrow
  • 8:40 pm – Realtor from Bayou Vista house calls to tell us that she has two offers coming in on the house that we have been talking to her about.
  • 8:41 pm – I go into panic mode! Our house is going under contract and now the ONLY house I want to buy has multiple offers on it! And of course, Mr. IS OUT OF TOWN!
  • 9:30 pm – Mr. calls Bayou Vista realtor and gives her our verbal offer.
  • Monday night – No sleep!

Tuesday – December 8th

  • 9:30 am – Realtor swings by with the contract for signature. I sign, initial, scan, and email to Mr.
  • 10:00 am – Pictures are on the online listing!
  • 5:45 pm – Leave to go out to dinner with my daughter and her roommate while house is being shown.
  • 6:30 pm – Bayou Vista realtor emails me to let us know she is presenting offer.
  • 7:30 pm – Return from dinner to find our back gate is semi-locked. Roommate messes with it and gets it open. We walk to the back screen door which has been locked from the inside! (the issue here is my front door key is in the realty lock box on the front door ,  daughter left her keys at home, and Mr. IS OUT OF TOWN)
  • 7:31 pm – I call the realtor and leave her a message that we have been locked out of the house! In the meantime, roommate has found a flyswatter, takes it apart, and begins to work it down the inside of the screen door and finally pops the latch after several tries!! Just call her MacGyver!
  • 7:39 pm – I leave another message with my realtor and tell her we broke into the house!
  • 7:59 pm – Realtor calls to find out what happened and to tell me that tonight’s lookers want to put in an offer!
  • 9:00 pm – While talking to Mr. on the phone, we realize that we have an email with acceptance signatures on our offer on the Bayou Vista house!

So to break it down for you, in a little over three days, we put our house on the market, received a contract, made an offer on a house, and are under contract for it!!

And Mr. is STILL OUT OF TOWN!!

Y’all have a great day!

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Change of Plans

We’re moving! Well, we hope to be very soon!

For the last several months, Mr. and I have been talking about buying a vacation home on Galveston Island and renting it out during peak vacation season. But then about two weeks ago, we decided to just jump all in and move to the water full-time! And I am ecstatic! Living in the suburbs of Houston is driving me crazy! 6.6 million people is a huge change from the one stoplight small town of 6.3 thousand people where we lived for 17 years before we started our moves in 2010.

But that means I have to finish all the projects I have going on with the current house. We want to get it on the market as soon as possible, and are thinking the first of December is doable. So I have approximately three weeks to get this place finished, decluttered, and staged! Therefore, a change of plans will need to take place when it comes to all the projects.

I’ve broken everything down into what I hope to get done each week. Yeah, I have to have lists/deadlines or I get distracted and never get anything finished!

Week One: Kitchen/Laundry Room/Dining Room

  • Thankfully, we finished installing the kitchen & laundry room floors in September. I’m bummed that I won’t get to enjoy them for as long as I thought I would, but they have made such an impact to that area!  I hope the next homeowners will love them as much as I do.
  • Install and paint baseboards in the kitchen & laundry room
  • Paint the interior of the backdoor
  • Install trim or cabinet doors where the microwave is
  • Install or paint the chandelier in the dining room

Week Two: Front Bath/Master Bed, Bath & Closet

  • Paint baseboards in the front bath
  • Paint the walls in the master bed/bath/closet

Week Three: Upstairs

  • Touch up paint on one wall in spare bedroom
  • Paint ceiling in the gypsy room
  • Replace faucets in bathroom

And DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER, AND STAGE, STAGE, STAGE!!!

I’ll be posting updates as the weeks go by, so be sure and check back!

Y’alll have a great day!

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