The last update I shared on our previous house was that we were moving! And it was for sale! So one of those happened (we moved of course!) but we made the decision in late December to pull the house off the market. I was contacted by a friend of Aaron’s sister who wanted to rent the house. She reads the blog, lived nearby and needed a backyard for a future pup. We weren’t even considering renting at the time, but she was/is absolutely the type of person I trust handing over the keys to. So we said YES! She moved in officially February 1.
Despite finding such a great person to take over, making the decision to rent was really hard for us. Was it the right/smart thing to do? The house hosted a good number of showings (about 10 in a 2-month period) despite the holiday season. But when an offer didn’t show up (the reason being: “it’s small!”), we got spooked. We had planned and were prepared to handle two mortgages comfortably until August (theoretically when the twins start daycare), but what if the house needed more time to sell?
The “what if’s” seemed so much more scary than reality. What’s that saying? A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush? That’s exactly how we felt. We had someone willing to rent and ready to move in… someone that we know would be awesome. And on the other hand we had the unknown. We went with the more comfortable choice.
So far everything has been going well. I still haven’t shed a tear over that house, but I have been close many times. We still pass the street on our way to the grocery store—it’s just a few blocks over! January 17 was our last day moving day (we moved slowwllly) and Aaron snapped a few pics of our empty home.
We kept several things at the old house. The bookcases, the kitchen table, the window curtains and shades… even the Edison chandelier! We didn’t have a place for them at the new house, we were tired of moving and I know they would be put to good use. Plus, one day when we’ve got to put this place back up on the market (or renting it out again… who knows at the moment), staging it will be a little easier.
Yes I left the cabinet plants and planters! And gave our renter the license to kill if desired. Ha! Also, the bathroom ostriches are missed. I still have an entire roll of wallpaper leftover. They will find their way somewhere in the hew house I am sure.
So that’s the last update (sniff) I’ll be giving on the old house for awhile! It’s sad to see it so empty but I’m so glad it’s in good hands.