Well, here's the thing about that...
We learned many things renting our house. One of which was the vast importance of being debt-free. We also got used to paying off debt super, duper fast without a house payment to worry about and really, really liked it.
We learned that "home" is anywhere a family can be together.
We learned that we actually are missing things in our current home that are pretty darn important to us, we just didn't realize it until we moved somewhere else that had them.
And... We learned that watching HGTV all day, everyday, does dangerous things...
So we decided to sell our house.
Yep, we are moving. Again.
It all started a short time after we moved back home. I was so ready to be back in our house but I just kept having this weird feeling we wouldn't be staying long. I didn't want to put up any pictures or start on any projects I had been anticipating. It was weird.
A couple of months after we moved home a house in my parents neighborhood went up for sale for cheap. Like, DIRT cheap. While it needed a lot of work, I kept entertaining the thought of having a house payment that low and fixing up a house exactly to our liking that had what we really want: a mature, shaded yard that doesn't give our kids heat stroke and isn't visible by every neighbor, a closer drive to grocery stores, a wide variety of people in a ward, anything east of the tracks, not industrial, etc. Thanks a lot, HGTV, for making home reno's look fun! I finally got up the nerve to talk to Cory about that idea. Turns out I wasn't the only one thinking it.
To make a super long story slightly less long, we prayed and discussed the possibility of selling or house. We got a killer deal on our house when we bought it. The market has increased immensely so we had my cousin who is a realtor come give us some info and help gauge what our house is worth now. With a finished basement, it's worth a heck of a lot more than we paid for it. We didn't realize we were sitting on quite this much equity. If we sold, we would have enough equity to pay off ALL our debt, pay cash for a new family car, and still have enough to buy a fixer upper with a kick-butt yard and ideal location and renovate it to our liking. The amount of work overwhelmed us, but we couldn't get over the idea of being debt-free. That was too good to pass up. We want our student loans outta here!! We weighed the pros and cons and finally decided to take the steps to get our house listed.
Trust me, it was not an easy decision. I love our house. The market was crazy high when we got married and I never thought we would get a house much less one this nice. I will miss our master bathroom so, so much and all the space. But it's time for a change.
Since we are such outdoorsy people, a big, shady yard is super important to us, as I've mentioned before. I also HATE living in our area. I didn't realize how much until we were back up in normal land at my parents house. I hate the industrial area, I hate that there's no trees or shade, I hate the semis, I hate the trains, I hate the mosquitoes and voles. If you measure by mileage stores and such aren't too far away but in reality they are. It takes me 20 minutes to get to Kennedy's preschool. So... We are looking for something older and cheaper, which will mean downsizing I'm sure, that we can gut and renovate. Oh, and we are staying in the same city, or one or two cities over, depending on what we find. So we won't be far. We just won't be in BFE anymore.
I'm actually really excited and ready to just start this adventure. After our house sells we will move back in with my parents (and pay them rent since we're putting them out) and take our time scouting for the perfect house. But we can't list it until the basement is finished which still has a little ways to go. I'm not going to give any projected timelines because if there's one thing we've learned, we suck at estimating our project times. It's usually double or triple the time we guess it'll take. Although in this case, waiting a little longer has been a blessing because the market just keeps creeping up and up. Hopefully we can sell our house for top dollar and move on to the next phase of our life.
There are some days I get really sad. I've been working on our landscaping this week and as each new thing looks better and better, and each hopeful future idea for our house is passed up, it makes me feel like we are losing so much. But I just have to remind myself that we aren't "losing" it, we are choosing to leave it and it will all be worth it in the end.
So, wish us luck! And if anyone has any free time, come on by and help Cory finish the basement ha ha.