March 26, 2015

The Excitement of a Fresh Start

Our house has sold. It took 14 days to change the "For Sale" sign to one that says, "Sale Pending." While this was the goal it still took us by surprise: we had no place else to live and the new owner wants to be in our house by early May. The RV was beginning to look more and more like someplace we would be living for a period of time.

Not to worry. Two days later Betty and I found a home we immediately liked that is a mile from the grand kids and closer to our other daughter than where we live now. Of course, it broke two of the "rules'" we had established for the move: a smaller house and a smaller yard to care for. The new home is about 250 square feet bigger and the yard is almost exactly the size of the one we are leaving! 

Because it matched the two most important criteria of being closer to family and being one story instead of two, we promptly ignored the other two guidelines and signed a contract. We close and can move in just one or two days after the other sale is completed. So, making the RV home will probably only last for 3 or four days.

Now, the exciting part of all this kicks into high gear. I am calling moving companies, filling out reams of paperwork, making a list of all the things that have to be shut down, switched, and relocated. Betty has pulled dozens of boxes from our storage shed that helped each of our daughters move several times...now it is our turn!

We have to become familiar with a section of the city in which we have very little experience. Where is the closest library, the stores and restaurants we like, parks for Bailey to run and play? Where is the nearest hospital and good urgent care facility, who will be our doctors and dentists? Where do I get my haircut? Is there a good pet doctor nearby? 

Insurance, driver's license information, post office concerns?  It is about time to renew our passports. Is it safe to start using the new address before everything is signed? The list that comes with a move is long.

For the first time we will be living under the watchful eye of an HOA. Checking it out beforehand and looking at the area indicates they don't have much to worry about and aren't changing enough each month to be an irritant. We will see. I do know that my ham radio antennas are going to have to go into the attic instead of on the roof. That restricts what I can do a bit, but it is not a big deal.

What church will we attend and become part of its life? The new house is about 35 minutes from our present faith community which isn't too far to drive, but doesn't allow us to interact with our new neighbors and area. So, this is yet to be determined. We are close enough to an occasional Saturday gathering of friends and a pastor who lives and meets about 20 minutes away.

Betty has begun to develop all sorts of ideas for the new home: color schemes, where furniture can go, what we need and don't need to buy, where her long-delayed art studio might be placed, do we need a new shower, and should the bathtub in the guest bath be replaced?

I have stocked up on Rolaids. I know where the aspirin bottle is. Betty keeps me focused and grounded. 

Here we go...a great adventure during my year of "move."



41 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I look forward to following your journey and what you learn as we plan our cross country move for 2 years from now.

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    1. This will be our tenth move as a married couple. I moved over twenty times while living with my parents. So, you'd think I'd be an expert. I am aware of the steps involved but it is still a lot of work and things to remember. I feel like a beginner.

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  2. Congratulations Bob! This move will make for some great and informative blog posts for those of us planning a move soon! We close on our place in Tucson in April! Nice to have something positive to focus on! Best of luck with it all!

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    1. I am moving about 35 miles, you are moving several thousand! We can compare notes.

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  3. Move on! We are thrilled with our decision to move across country to be closer to our kids.
    May you enjoy the move - even with the occasional headache. Every part of "the Valley" is its own community. Each member of my family lives and works in a different five mile radius. They haven't found a bad one yet!
    Bon Voyage!

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    1. After driving around the area a few days ago we found much to look forward to. There is a park just down the street from the new home that is perfect for Bailey, and the grand kids are close enough to bike over from their house.

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  4. I am sooooo excited for you two! Looking forward to seeing photos of the new house once things settle down a bit for you both. Congratulations!

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    1. Much of the inside will need to be repainted; the current owners had a few color choices that must go. Betty wants a few of the appliances in the kitchen replaced and we are thinking through furniture placement. After returning from Portland in September we will start the backyard planting and development. Busy times!

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  5. Congrats...a move can be just the ticket to new adventures and a new frame of mind. Looking forward to pictures!!!

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    1. Maybe my "word" for 2016 will be "slow." This year's "move" has certainly lived up to its name.

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  6. How very exciting Bob!!!! I am happy for you Betty and Bailey! Being near the kids is always great! I know you'll enjoy the explorations of learning a new town inside out,once all the "details" of the move are behind you. Not sure if you will be near Cosmos dog park but it is really a fun place !! Also the Riparian Reserve may be near you--it is my FAVORITE place in the East Valley-- we would walk through it and also take our bikes.A great place for a picnic and a relaxed afternoon! Believe me, now that you have a move on the books, you will not have one moment of boredom for a long time!! LOL!!! Thanks again for sharing your journey with all of us..

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    1. We will be about 10 minutes from both Cosmos and the Riparian Reserve, which we have visited and enjoy tremendously. Looking at Google earth I can see all sorts of parks within an easy drive of the new home. Yes, it will be fun and exciting - and then there is the two month RV trip that starts in early July that will add more to our plate.

      We may have to schedule several weeks of pure rest next fall.

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  7. Congrats to all! You don't mess around with the word move! New adventures in the future and I'm looking forward to your future posts. ;)
    Best wishes to you and Betty!!
    Robin

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    1. Thanks, Robin. This year's word has more than lived up to its potential.

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  8. Isn't it wonderful when life falls into place?!! Very happy for you and your family. Moving can be a challenge, but I have a feeling it's going to be great. Maybe lots of us can pick up some pointers from you.

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    1. Right now we are deciding on the best way to move our belongings from one house to the next, with a 5 day gap from when we must be out of our old home but can't get into the new one. Since we haven't moved for 14 years, I was shocked at how expensive a 35 mile move is, especially with the storage issue for that 5 days.

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    2. We got a few estimates and they were all pretty high. We went with "TWO GUYS AND A TRUCK." You can google them and find their info online and enter info and they call you back with an estimate. A friend of ours used them ,then we did and were very pleased! Best prieces and very prompt polite service.They had to haul our stuff up a VERY STEEP DRIVEWAY here in Pine and did not complain--they were nice fellas.Highly recommend. There were actually three guys and a truck....

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  9. So happy for you guys! It's exciting, stressful, scary, fun...all at the same time! Enjoy every moment.
    b

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    1. You and Dave just endured it and seem very happy. Betty and I are hoping for the same.

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  10. Wow, that was fast! It can be unsettling when something you're thinking about, preparing for, mulling over in your mind, suddenly jumps out happens before you know it. But it's exciting too. So have a great time reorganizing your lives and experiencing your new environs. Just ... take care of your back & don't move too many boxes!

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    1. My heavens, one smallish house can generate a lot of moving boxes! Yes, I am very aware of the risks involved. I have sworn off moving myself or my daughters for each of their last three moves, as I tote boxes and furniture in and out of trucks. Maybe for us I will follow through and let a moving company do all the lifting.

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  11. It happened so easily, it must be the right move! So glad for you both.

    Hire a moving company. Imagine how frustrating your summer trip would be if you've got an injured back to deal with. Really. Hire a moving company.

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  12. Wow! You are so lucky the home sold quickly and you found a new place even more quickly. I envy you the speed of both these events. I've had my house on the market for FIVE YEARS. Admittedly, I live in a "depressed area" where no houses have sold for a long time, but I didn't think it would take THIS long! I wish you great success as you tackle the huge job of packing and unpacking, along with getting rid of stuff, leaving neighbors, and making new friends.

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    1. 5 years? Wow. The Phoenix area housing market has heated up again after

      At this point we hope there are no paperwork problems. Whenever you are dealing with a sale and a purchase there are several people who must do their jobs properly and others who must be able to keep their commitments.

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  13. Congratulations Bob! It sounds like you made a good choice. It should be fun getting to know the new neighborhood and neighbors. And closer to the kids was a high priority for you and Betty. Good luck with the move and enjoy no more stairs. :)

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    1. No more stairs..Betty and Bailey will be happy now, and me in a few more years. It is also much easier to heat and cool a single story home in Arizona. Thanks, Dave.

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  14. Hooray! How much fun for you (and for those of us who get to travel with you!) I will think carefully about wishing for more excitement in my life after watching what happens to you when you picked the word MOVE -- lol. Actually, I tend to keep myself entertained quite well, but I am looking forward to the photos and your story as you go along.

    What a treat for us! A move & a road trip! Looking forward to all of it.

    pam

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    1. Yes, 2015 will go down in the books as a very busy year, and a year of changes.

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  15. Congratulations to both of you, Bob. Now get to work!

    I can still remember what it was like when we moved five years ago into a much bigger house. It is not easy but you are doing it right by contracting for the move. Deb and I did it ourselves except for help with the absolute heaviest pieces, and it darn near killed us then with driving back and forth from NY to TN, and then actually moving the stuff in the house. Best of luck, my friend, and have a great time as well over the next few weeks and months.

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    1. We have to commute 30 some miles between houses...not from NY to TN! Imagine you forgot something in Virginia!

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  16. Congratulations! It's great you were able to sell and buy another house in an area you like so quickly. Amen to the cost of moving. For us last year, a 13 mile move cost over $1500 just for the moving company. It would've been more had we not used the occasion to rid ourselves of many years of junk!
    Jeff in OK

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    1. We are pricing out at $2600 because of the need to store things for 4-5 days. The company loads a truck and then parks it, fully loaded, until it is driven to the new home and unloaded. That eliminates 2 extra loads and unloads and the risk of damage, but is not cheap.

      I may look into a storage pod that we can load ourselves with boxes. It is picked up, stored, and delivered to our new home. That, coupled with a moving truck for the furniture could cut the cost by $500-$700.

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  17. When we first retired we were a little scared about $$. We scrimped here and there in areas we really did not need to.Now, a-hem, one whole year in.. we splurge a little on things that save us some hard work we no longer want to do.. there are so many things to do during a move that you don't even think about--I say splurge on getting all the help you need to get you IN the new house, then go to town getting settled.. just getting the stuff from one place to another= REALLLY hard work!! THEN you have to unpack boxes etc!!!!!! But at least you can do that at your leisure . And PURGE PURGE PURGE before you pack!!!!!!!!

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    1. Purging....one of my favorite parts of moving, There is a feeling of a fresh start and that includes what we surround ourselves with.

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  18. Yea!! The housing inventory is low everywhere it seems. I will forth or fifth the moving help. I had a daughter, a college student and three of their strong friends..to load and then and drive. Otherwise.......

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    1. My "support" crew is comprised of family members with sore knees and bad backs! The moving company option is likely to be our most sensible choice...to protect ourselves!

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  19. Oh. And although you are moving local rather than cross country, I really really really wish I had waited until the unloading process to purge and eliminate. It cost me more money to replace than it would have been to move those items

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    1. Good point. We do have a few chances to measure rooms and think through furniture placement. So far, a large desk from my working days that has outlived its usefulness is the only thing we know we won't move. To freecycle it goes.

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  20. I did not regret anything I got rid of.Books,clothes,dishes.Well, I DID end up needing my soup bowl collection.Somehow I thought I would not entertain as much up here in the woods.. --and I do two crock pots of soups a lot ,for entertaining.. but I AM ENTERTAINING A LOT!! So,I had to buy some soup bowls.. not a biggie.Other than that I don't miss anything too much..none of the furniture I sold would fit up here.. other stuff--?? let it go.....

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    1. Originally we were thinking we'd get rid of a lot of our living room and family room furniture and start fresh. But, the expense of such a choice and the feeling that we were just getting rid of perfectly fine furniture out of simple boredom stopped that decision in its tracks.

      But, I have asked if we still need 4 full sets of fancy china. Unfortunately, it has sentimental value so will likely follow us to the new place.

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