As I may have mentioned, we are looking for a new house that is closer to my job and Rob's. We spent the past two months getting our house ready for sale, and checking out Zillow.com. (And at the same time, helping M get ready for college.)
- M is at college and doing well
- We've been visited by the house painters, the landscaper, and the carpenter. (Much like brownies, except we have to pay them.)
- We've thrown out a dumpster's worth of junk
- We've scrubbed, dusted, vacuumed, and made everything as neat as possible (except Octavia, who is beyond any power to make neat)
In the week after we listed the house, we had nine showings. Two were repeats, and both of those made offers. We're in the offer/counter-offer stage.
And today, we visit the top two houses on *our* list. We had three favorites, but one went off the market--not sold, just withdrawn. What's weird is that we feel as though we already know the houses. We've seen the photos on Zillow. We've driven by to see what the neighborhoods look like. We checked out the MLS data. And with Bing.com maps, we can even check out bird's eye photos of the house from all angles. (That last is a bit creepy.) But nothing can replace actually walking through the rooms and poking into corners.
As for the cats, they are not at all happy that we leave early and come home late, so though they will undoubtedly hate moving, they will like having us around more. After all, they need us to let them in. And out. And back in.
Oh, and I almost forgot...
During the next couple weeks, I'll also be transitioning from contract employee to full-time employee.