If you follow me on Instagram then you have probably seen a few posts in regards to moving. It has been a whirlwind of excitement this past week as we are moving forward with our biggest goal for 2014; moving! I don't think Scot and I were expecting things to fall into place like they have thus far. Our house has officially been on the market for two days. Before our house was even listed, although there was a sign in our yard, we had two showings both with offers. The following day, the first official day our house was on the market we had three more showings, and another three the next day. As of yesterday we had a total of 7 offers, three being HIGHER than our listing price! Our jaws dropped when we got the call from our amazing realtor.
Yesterday we accepted the best offer and finished all of our paperwork to put us officially under contract! All we have left is our inspection and then just patiently and anxiously wait until closing day!
In less than a week our house was listed and sold. That is so insane and remarkable all at the same time. When we bought this house almost four years ago we had no clue when we would eventually sell we would break even much less MAKE money off this house. That is such a huge blessing to our little family. Not only does that give us a little cushion room on our next home, but it allows us to put more money into savings, and when you have three little boys you can never have enough money in savings!
As thrilled as we are about our house selling so quickly, we are now going full force into house hunting. We have been looking and looking for months before contacting our realtor and haven't come across anything we thought would be a good fit for our family. Luckily the offer we accepted allows us to stay in our house past closing if we still haven't found something. That will be such a relief! Scot and I have obviously moved twice before, once with Hayden, but not with THREE boys.
So as far as our next house goes we have a list of what we would ideally like to have. Our lists differ a little, but ultimately we want the same things!
-Lots of natural light.
Our house now has two large windows downstairs in the family room but absolutely zero light in our entryway. So when looking at houses I tend to scope out all the windows. I blame the photographer in me.
We are living in 1760 sq ft right now and practically NO backyard. This is and has been one of our biggest motivations for moving. We would love at least two acres so the boys can run free and do boy things like make a HUGE mud pit, build a fort, and watch the sun go down on their g.i joe battlefield set ups! Unfortunately this has also been the hardest part of our searching criteria. Scot's commute to work from our house now is already an hour. In order to get the land we want we would essentially be moving even farther away from his work.
When we moved in four years ago we were moving from a one bedroom apartment so at the time 1760 sq ft seemed like a mansion. What we didn't even pay attention to at the time was the fact that we were buying a house with one car garage and a driveway that was the perfect fit for a smart car. By the way in case you're wondering, we don't have a smart car. Currently my car doesn't fit in our garage because of it's size leaving Scot the garage for his truck. The issue with that is every.single.morning Scot has to rotate our cars before leaving for work, and rotating cars when he gets home. We are over.it. Lastly when people come to visit or if were having a small get together, no one and I repeat no one, can park in front of our house. There's no room for parking in the street so people have to park and walk. If you can imagine there have only been a handful of those 'get togethers' for that reason.
Although we have a three bedroom now and the boys share a room we would love one more little Shepherd and for that to work we would need at least one more bedroom or a 'bonus' room.
The plan for right now is to homeschool for several personal reasons I will get to in another post, but we would like to purchase a house in a great school district for backup.
So as of right now our search continues until we find what we are looking for. We are totally prepared to not find something right away, but hopeful it will be in the next six months. I believe if it's meant to be it will happen and when our house comes along we will know and move forward with our buying process.
I can't wait to share more moving news, hopefully sooner than later! For now we will enjoy this moment and continue to be grateful on what has happened so far.