This is a long overdue post that I started writing months ago but forgot to post! In March, Justin and I decided to sell our first home. My maternity leave was coming to an end and I had to decide if I was going to go back to work or not. It was a tough decision, but ultimately we weren’t ready to put Luna in daycare.
Switching to a one income household had its challenges. Homes were selling for insane amounts and we knew we would be able to get much more than what we paid for. We wanted to use the profit from our home to pay off our debt + use as a future down payment. Our plan was to sell our house, move in with my parents for a short period of time to save money, buy some land, and then build a house.
During this time, the market was still hot and we knew that our house would sell fast. But not that fast. We did one open house on a Saturday and a couple of private showings. On Monday night we accepted an offer. The offer we accepted was a cash closing and since no financing was needed we only had two weeks to be out of the house!
Waves of sadness would hit me throughout the selling process. It wasn’t until I saw our home empty after the cleaning crew had just finished that it really hit me. We are actually selling our home and there is no turning back. We constantly asked ourselves if we were making the right decision for our family. Spoiler alert, it was.
This house was SO special to us. Justin proposed to me the day after the foundation on the house was poured. He said that, “this was the foundation of our future” and it truly is. We jam packed many life milestones during the two years we lived here. From getting engaged, to being married and becoming parents. It has also been a creative outlet for me and with each new project – it strengthened our relationship. Because doing home projects with your spouse is not easy!
After moving in with my parents we took a short break from looking at listings. It can get mentally draining. Also we weren’t exactly sure what direction we wanted to go. Initially we were looking for 1 acre lots and wanting to build something similar in size as our previous home (2600 sq ft).
My older brother suggested a series called Homes on Apple TV which featured beautiful – imaginative dwellings all over the world. I used to be an architecture major so this was up my alley. I got Justin to watch it with me and along the way something clicked for him. We decided we would much rather have more land and a smaller home. Finding joy in making memories rather than material items. So we started our property hunt again and found one that was shy of 4 acres. We went to check the property out Saturday afternoon, put in an offer Sunday morning and found out THAT evening that they accepted our offer!
The property came with a garage and a small 300sq ft guest house that we plan on renovating. It is in terrible shape – more on that later. The main reason why we went with this property was for the views and all of the possibilities. We have lots of plans for this next chapter. I hope you continue to follow along this exciting new journey with us!