I Love My Porch

One of the main things I feel in love with when we toured this house was the porches as I love to sit out on the front porch in my rocking chairs, but especially like my back porch where I can relax under the ceiling fan and enjoy the day. Last week a wonderful friend came over and we got to sit on this porch catching up for about 4 hours. We hadn’t seen each other in over a year, so we had a lot to catch up on and it was so relaxing to sit out there and take in the moment.

In a previous post you can read about the beautiful kite pillow that is on this couch, which is personally made by me. Unfortunately the weather has not cooperated as much as I would like in order for me to enjoy this space, but I know the weather will continue to change and I will get to spend many days out here.

No porch is complete without RULES and these are mine! I love all of these and look forward to many days doing just what this sign says!

Plenty of room for friends so feel free to call for a visit as I would love to entertain my friends and family any time!

We Closed on Our New Home

We closed on our house on the 18th. This is the second house we have bought in the last two years. We only lasted 9 months in the first one we bought back in 2018 as we didn’t like our neighbors, nor the drive for me every day back and forth to work. This one will be a 45 minute drive to the office, but due to COVID-19 I have been working from home for the past 9 months with no end in sight as to when or if I will ever go back to the office to work. The new house includes a combined office/craft room that I am really excited about.

We are more in the country, but do have neighbors and are actually considered within the city limits, but due to the house being in a smaller town, we don’t have to deal with all the “city” life type of stuff.

I got my front porch and a screened in back porch with this house, which I am totally in love with. I can’t wait to add my own touch to both. The pics below are what it looked like when we first viewed the house and what sold us on this purchase.

Can’t wait to add my own chairs to this front porch. This was what the house looked like the day we visited.

The back porch on the day we viewed the house!It will take me a while to get everything set up the way I want. The closing went very smoothly and our lender even sent us a gift that was delivered on Saturday as we were moving in. I was very surprised to say the least.

Our Free Gift!

After living in the RV for the past 15 months it will definitely be an adjustment getting acquainted with all of this space. Lucky for us we still had all our furniture from the house we bought in 2018. For the first time in my entire life I hired movers to move all that heavy furniture. It was the best $600 ever spent. Once I get us moved in and settled I will post updates documenting the progress.

The pics below are just a few of the rooms showing how bare it looked on move in day.

Kitchen

Living Room

Master Bathroom – Don’t really care for the tub….looks big until you get it in! 

Not a big fan of this huge tub. I would rather have a big walk-in shower….haven’t even moved in good and already thinking of remodeling the bathroom to expand the shower and get rid of the tub.

Master Closet

This closet is big enough for a nursery to be in here. Our stuff only fits on one rack after living minimal in the RV for so long. Told my husband I needed a new wardrobe now that I have room to put it.

Laundry Room

I love the size of the laundry room. Too bad I sold my washer and dryer a few months back before we started talking of buying a house. I can’t believe how much the price has risen in the last 18 months. There is room to add a table to fold clothes straight out of the dryer.

Mud Room/Pantry

Behind those doors is a pantry to die for. There is more than enough room for just two people to store food. The mudroom for shoes is one of my favorites of the house as well.  It is right off the garage so very convenient for coming and going.

Any advice on how to decorate those two beautiful porches would be welcomed. I want it to feel welcome and inviting.

PS. If you know anyone looking for a 41′ fifth wheel, we have one for sale.

Closing on House is Complete

The closing was on October 4th and of course we had a few bumps in the road right at the end, but we survived it. Just made it where neither of us really want to get bogged down with another house again. Now we have 2 storage units full of furniture and stuff that we have to figure out what to do with it. When we went full-time the first time back in 2014, we sold all of our furniture so when we bought the new house, we had to buy everything again and at the time we thought we would end up selling the RV and stay in a site built house, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I want to sell it all, but husband says he wants to hold onto it for a while in case we change our minds again and want to get another house. After he pays storage fees for a year, maybe he will change his mind. Its better to get some money out of it all than get nothing and pay storage fees for the rest of our lives.

Renovations have been very slow as it is harder to do things when you live in the house. Hopefully we will have it all completed by the end of the year.

Right before we moved back into the RV, I was having some health issues which has taken away from me being able to do much painting. It’s hard to paint above your head or bend over when it makes you dizzy every time you do so. I woke up a couple days in September feeling like the room was spinning. This went on for several days and then were times when my chest hurt as well.  Sometimes I would have these spells when I was sitting at my desk at work. I would be in the middle of something and the room would spin, I’d feel like I was going to pass out. I was nauseated sometimes and feel like I was in another world. It was crazy.

Well it happened again over the last weekend of September and I ended up in the emergency room on the 30th after I went to work, and they wouldn’t let me stay. They all freaked out knowing I drove while dizzy and feeling as crappy as I was. We had been working on the renovations over the previous weeks working late nights and Saturday and Sunday, so I really thought I was just tired and the stress of selling the house, moving and all that was just getting the best of me.

The visit to the ER didn’t provide any answers. Their first reaction was an EKG because they thought it was my heart. I kept telling them I’m dizzy, nauseated, spacey, but no matter what I said they wanted to test everything to do with a potential heart attack, so after a CT Scan, x-rays and blood work they said it’s not a heart attack.  Well duh I told you that. They give me IV fluids and said I was probably just severally dehydrated, which I might have been due to all the work I was doing and because I hate water I don’t drink enough, and it was during some hot days and we were back and forth in and out of the house.

House Officially on the Market

We officially listed our house for sale on the 4th. We had two showings by the end of the day, which led to our first offer, but on day 2 we received a cash offer from an agent who hadn’t even shown the house. The buyer saw the listing online, liked what they saw and wanted another investment property. We accepted their offer because it would give us the quickest closing and less headaches. The first offer we had received wanted us to pay over $10k in closing cost for the buyer alone, not including our closing costs. There was no way we would accept that.

We didn’t expect to sale as fast as we did and had started renovating the RV in hopes of having it all done before we found a buyer. However, when everything happened so fast, we ended up having to find a place to move the RV almost overnight as it had been in storage for nine months. Renovations were put on hold and off we went.

By the 16th we had moved 60 miles away so I could be closer to my job, which was the main reason for us moving in the first place.

Time to Sell Our House Again

In the beginning August we decided we were going to sale our sticks and bricks house and move back into the RV. It has been less than a year since we bought this house and were afraid, we would never get what we needed out of it.  In the last couple weeks, a realtor came by asking if we would consider selling and my husband was like no we could never get enough money out of it to make a deal. He happened to have some comps for the area and said that the market was really booming in our community. I started looking into it and sure enough several houses were being sold for $10k more than what we had paid for our house less than a year before.

We didn’t really care if we made any money off the sale, but we had to get what we owed on it. I kept researching and because I have a background in real estate, I decided I would list the house myself as a For Sale by Owner. After more research I decided to go with an MLS Listing Broker who would list our house on the MLS to get us a better opportunity to get showings and get us listed in all the major publications. In addition, we wouldn’t have to pay a commission to a listing broker. Instead we just paid the MLS Listing broker a flat fee, which was only $499. Way cheaper than paying 3% commission.

Since the house was brand new when we moved in, there was nothing that had to be done except find a listing broker, do some staging, take pics and get it listed.