1. Decide to sell your house.
2. Spend three months renovating, cleaning, decluttering, painting, painting, painting as you prepare to put it on the market.
3. Keep the house spotless as you wait for requests to come show your house. Fluff pillows more in four weeks’ time than you have in your entire life.
4. Look at houses for sale in the area. And look, and look, and look.
5. Receive an offer (yay!)
5. Look, and look, and look at other houses for sale in the area.
6. Wonder if you will move locally, or if Spokane Valley or Tennessee may be your final (surprise!) destination.
7. Finally find a house you like that needs lots of work, has a “history” of issues that have been remediated, and a seller who is very particular.
8. Spend four weeks waiting for a fully signed purchase and sale agreement. Wondering, more often than not, if you are getting the house or NOT getting the house. During that time, schedule multiple contractors to finish work on your house AS WELL AS multiple contractors to look at the new house and give estimates on roofing, painting, and fixing the deck.
9. After you FINALLY have a purchase agreement, the appraiser requires a new roof and exterior paint before closing.
10. Offer to renegotiate with the seller to work these details out.
11. In the meantime, the deadline to sell your house has arrived.
12. Find a bug four days before closing (the second type of its kind you’ve seen in three weeks) that looks similar to a termite. Stress and worry, ask “God, what are you doing?” for like the hundredth time this summer, then snap a picture to post on Facebook for the pest control guys.
13. Find out the bug is a type of spider (unsettling but hurrah because it’s not a termite infestation issue).
14. Finish packing and cleaning your house. You know you can’t move in to the new house, so you look for rental options in the midst of the flurry of “preparing to move” activity.
15. Pack a bag with a week’s worth of clothing for each family member in case you stay with relatives (who have offered again and again )
16. Fill out an application for a short-term rental. Wait the two days for the background check to find out if you can get it. Then, about four hours before the moving party is scheduled, find out that this rental is not a good option for your family..
17. Check with the wonderful relatives who’d offered to let your family of five plus a dog stay with them. They, of course, say yes because they are amazing like that.
18. Find an interim home for your cat.
19. Move all belongings except for the week’s worth of clothing and some basic necessities into a storage shed. Move the remaining items that don’t fit into a friend’s barn.
20. After the flurry of moving, decide that “the problem house” you’d offered on would still work out IF closing could happen within three to four weeks. Knowing how each portion of the process has been painfully slow, though, you begin to look at other houses.
21. Find another house that has all the amenities you’ve been looking for–one you like even better than “the problem house”. The sellers, even though they have three kids, are willing to close within four weeks. The transaction is relatively seamless.
22. Enjoy a mini vacation with your relatives.
23. Plan a moving party. Get excited. Get ready to complete the move you anticipated over seven months prior.
Phew! And that is only a bit of the drama we’ve been through this summer. It would be impossible to put the entirety in a single blog post. I’ve felt more like the Israelites during their time in the desert than I have in my entire life. And I hope to someday get the opportunity to delve into the nuances and share all the ways God has met and strengthened me (us!) this summer.
Anyway, today is a day long-anticipated. A point on the journey we’ve journeyed long and hard to reach. I day of fulfilled promises.
A day made even more wonderful because of the tough trek it took to arrive at this climax and denouement.