The boxes, oh the boxes!  We had to clear out much of the basement for yesterday’s home inspection.  The buyer’s agent at least sent us a warm message of appreciation after the fact, which helped us feel better about all the work.  (Full disclosure:  by “we” I mean my husband and my mother.  I think I mostly ran around like a crazy chicken picking up and dropping off children, nursing a baby, and looking at houses while they cleaned out the basement.)  The main level of our home now looks like the basement threw up all over it.  The inspection reportedly went fine; if they decide to request minor repairs we expect to hear about it Monday.

Meanwhile, we have not yet found a home to move into, and time is ticking towards a closing date.  Ouch!  The house that was not for sale did not work out.  We’re developing a plan (subject to change after I see a few more houses) that I think will involve a fair offer on the Good Memories house with the caveat that we are not willing to waste time negotiating on our fair offer, and that it will continue to sit lonely and empty while we pursue other options if they do not take it.  Our other options are to choose one of the good and decent houses that we would not want to live in for more than, say, five years.  Another five year house is fine in some ways–it leaves us open to pick a house we feel will make us more comfortable than our current cramped quarters without having to make a longer-term commitment, but it also raises issues of resale value and move-in readiness.  We don’t mind putting effort into a house we’d stay in indefinitely but don’t want to sink much investment (time or money) into another five year house.  We’ll see…

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I'm a homeschooling mother of three in Louisville, Kentucky. I love doing things for myself when I can, making things from scratch when it's fun, my family, my dog, and traveling.

3 responses »

  1. I've been sending you good house vibes, but forgot to post about them. It's so strange how the timing of things works out sometimes. I think your attitude about the whole thing is commendable…I would be a raving, lunatic bitch trying to finalize the sale of my house, with an infant, 4.5 year old and looking for a new house. Maybe a 5 year house would grow on you… Have a great weekend with your family!

  2. Are you guys set against renting for a year or two? It seems easier than buying a house for 5 years or less. Also, let me know if you need help! -mandy

  3. Thanks gals!Mandy, since we own our house (no mortgage currently) it would cost us a lot more to rent.Shannon, I was totally at raving, lunatic b— a couple days ago, but have now settled down a bit. 🙂

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