I have some HUGE updates for ya’ll. You read that right – we are moving! But, let’s rewind a bit to get some context cause let’s be real: I’ve been MIA for a little while (for good reason, though!)
Smack dab in the middle of the ORC for Spring 2019, we got a phone call – there was a medical emergency situation with a very close family member, and it was pretty serious.
Within 12 hours, we decided to drop everything and drive home to Louisville, Kentucky to stay indefinitely while things got sorted out. (That family member is doing much better now, thank goodness!)
We ended up staying around 3 weeks, I think, but it was time to go home. Living in someone else’s house for that long with two kids under two is a tall order. I cannot describe to you the relief I felt to sleep in my own bed again after such a long time away – bliss!
But even though it was awesome to be back home, there was something missing.
I really enjoyed spending time with my family in Kentucky, and since most of our family cannot travel to Texas, we have to spend two entire days with very young kids on multiple airplanes just to visit.
On top of that, we’ve felt the constant push of rising cost of living (ie: property taxes) here in Austin for the last few years. That and a million other reasons like:
- We would be able to afford a home in a better neighborhood with better schools (our daughter has a speech delay, so this is really important to me)
- We would be closer to our families for the inevitable medical, financial, etc. emergencies
- Grandparents are awesome babysitters
- The cost of living is much lower in Kentucky (being a single income family is TOUGH)
- We’d save at least a few thousand dollars a year in airfare not traveling back and forth
- We’d be able to pay down our debt much faster thanks to a smaller mortgage
We started toying with the idea of moving to Kentucky, but we weren’t really that serious about it. It’s just fun to dream and spend too much time on Zillow, ya know?
SUNDAY – THE DREAM
We were home in Texas for a little over a month before it was time to go on our (previously scheduled) vacation to Kentucky.
(That’s another thing I hate about living far away from everyone…you never get to go on a real vacation to the beach or anything like that because you should really just go home and see family)
I casually mentioned to my dad that we might go look at a house there in Kentucky while we were in town, and he was surprised but excited.
My parents are actually moving out of my childhood home and into a new house right now, too, so it was super easy for them to put me in contact with their realtor. I texted them, and they set up a showing of a house I had found online for the next day.
Now guys…we have to pause for a minute. Our realtors (they are a lovely married couple who worked with my grandpa at GE years ago) are THE BOMB. Amazing. I could sing praises about them forever. They legit feel like family. I wish I could buy 10,000 houses just to be around them all the time. If you want to buy a house in Louisville, send me a message so I can put you in contact with them!
MONDAY – PLAYING HOUSE
This house was fine – I think we actually would have seriously considered it if the master bathroom hadn’t been comically small. And I’m not someone who really cares about bathroom size…it was just that tiny. Two people couldn’t stand in there if they tried.
So it wasn’t the house for us, but it got the wheels turning. We decided to look at a few more, and our realtors kindly set up some viewings for us.
TUESDAY – HOUSE HUNTERS
We went to look at around 10 properties, I think. In that time we saw:
- A house where someone was clearly squatting
- Some GORGEOUS, old hardwoods that just don’t exist in Texas
- The jankiest washer/dryer setup I could ever have imagined
- Gorgeous landscaping and scenic drives
- Streets so busy you couldn’t hear each other speak
- A beautifully staged ranch that I wanted to buy SO BADLY but it just didn’t fit our needs
But the most important part? We saw the house that was going to make it happen for us to move to Kentucky – it was well maintained, had character, had the right number of bedrooms, etc, etc, etc. Here she is!
I’m pretty sure it was the second house we looked at – in a beautiful older neighborhood with heavily wooded lots and homes with lots of character. It’s also the same neighborhood my very best friend growing up lived (and still lives!) in.
We walked the house in the morning, and by 6 PM we were back for a second showing. It was the house we kept comparing everything else to – the one that stuck out as the one that would work the best for us. (PS: that’s how you know it’s the one)
By the time we got home, we were ready to put in an offer, but had to wait for some paperwork from Aaron’s office. They’re the entire reason we are able to make this move – because he’s a stellar employee and because they are allowing him to work remote full-time. I can’t say enough good things about his company, and especially his superiors. They’re the best.
WEDNESDAY – THE OFFER
We spent all day Wednesday agonizing over the situation – we never intended to actually buy a home while on this trip. I hadn’t even brought my checkbook. But after staying up WAY too late talking it over Tuesday night, we decided to go ahead and put in the offer.
Wednesday evening rolled around, and our lovely realtors met us at my parent’s house to sign the formal offer. A few short hours later, the sellers accepted!
All we had to do now was sell our house (our offer on the new house was contingent on the sale of our current house in Texas). Oh yeah, and the kitchen was only half complete.
THURSDAY – THE WAITING
Planning. Worrying. THE KITCHEN ISN’T DONE OH MY GOD. More planning. What-the-heck-are-we-doing? It’s gonna be fine. Worrying. Planning. Stress sweating. Sleep.
FRIDAY – THE INSPECTION
Our lovely realtors knew we were only in town for a few short days and were able to get a stellar home inspector to do everything Friday morning. (Have I mentioned that I love them?). The house looked great, aside from a few small things here and there, and nothing we couldn’t tackle. The inspector even put up with my wannabe DIYer questions and made renovation jokes. Who has fun at home inspections, you ask? THIS GIRL.
SATURDAY – THE TO-DO LIST
We finally flew home, ready to tackle the incredibly long to-do list before listing our house. Oh yeah, and I only had 11 days to do it. I wish I had taken more pictures of this process, but I was legit running around until I couldn’t stand in the morning and my feet were bleeding. 18-20 hour and sometimes longer days…no joke. Here’s a sampling of what I accomplished:
- Move pavers in the backyard
- Deep clean everything
- Mostly pack my house and rent a storage unit for our stuff while it’s listed
- Paint 800 linear feet of baseboards
- Paint an entire room from top to bottom
- Fix all the fiddly little projects around the house that get put off
- Install 5 new smoke detectors
- Hire/live through/pay drywallers to take care of my mess of a drywall job (I have many talents, and drywall is not one of them)
- Mulch, trim, plant, clean, pressure wash EVERYTHING
- Tile the entire kitchen
- GROUT the entire kitchen (this took SOOOOOOOOO LOOOOOOONNNGGGG…we went to bed at 6 am that night)
- Hang half of our cabinets
- Install under-cabinet lighting
- Install a range hood
- File permits
- Stage our home to sell
THE RESULT – LISTING PICTURES
The real to-do list was a LOT longer, but I got it done and it was SO worth it. Check out the listing pictures:
I love how it turned out – there are still hundreds of things that I wanted to do, but it’s someone else’s home now. I’m pumped for the new one…there are some fun projects I’ve been dreaming about. Plus: WE’LL HAVE A BASEMENT! We have some leads on the sale of our current home right now that I’m hoping will pan out – everybody cross your fingers for us! I’ll update you guys again soon 🙂