I decided to sell my current house and listed it the first week of May, thinking it would be on the market for a few months. Instead, I was under contract in 15 days! The month has been a whirlwind – we’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!
The home inspector found the house to be clear of issues, but the chimney inspection turned up some damage on the 100-year-old chimney and flashing. I can’t leave something like that for new buyers, so chimney smiths are on my roof right now, repairing the problem (good thing you can’t hear the grinding!). This cost a big chunk of dough – approximately $1500. I also have to have a pad installed under my outside oil tank, because of a new Vermont statute. The rest of the repairs were minimal and stuff I should have caught before listing. So…the budget. Yikes.
But here’s the thing – money is energy. Money comes in and money goes out. It’s the circle of wealth. If it stops moving, it stops existing. So I say thank you that I am able to use a credit card to pay for these services and pay off the card when I close at the end of July. I say thank you for the first-time VA buyers who truly love the house and are starting on an exciting journey of their own. Buying that first home is so exhilarating and scary!
Eleven House is nowhere near move-in ready, and the race is on now. Plumbers are scheduled for this week (yay! A bathroom!), and once they have roughed everything in, I can camp on the studio side while continuing to run electric, put in stairs, etc. Yep – hot plate and a cooler until the budget rights itself again. The positive thing is that being on site will help move things along – I’ll be there to meet any crews and can work on projects for a few hours in between my work hours.
I’m going to look at mobile wi-fi units for the interim – I’ve done some research but need to do more before committing. I thought of buying a camper to park next to the house while finishing the work, but I’ve decided that it isn’t worth the expense. It will all work out. And soon, I will be spending part of my year in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, with Bill Spaid. We are looking at house sitting opportunities there – so shout out to me if you know of something!
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I’d love to hear about your personal house sale or purchase escapades – leave your stories in the comment section below! Onward!