After 32 years in the same house, I'm putting my house on the market to move to be near my parents.
I had no idea what an upheaval this would be both physically, emotionally, and spiritually. But it's time to move and I'm ok with that. I was trying to both sell my house and find a new house at the same time. It was like wrestling 10 hippos and I was losing badly. Now, I'm focused on selling my house before trying to find another one there.
So, my creative participation on this forum will be limited until I get settled somewhere. I'll still be checking in.
Good luck with your move, Karen. These things are never easy but as long as you are good with your decision it sounds like selling your house first will make things easier when trying to decide on what to purchase next. I always think change is good so embrace it and try not to put too much pressure on yourself. We'll be here whenever you need a distraction or a place to just stop by for a chat or update. Wishing you a move that involves a low degree of stress; as I think it's impossible to go through these changes without experiencing some! It was nice of you to let us know.
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Good luck. Moves are stressful under the best of circumstances. There are lists of life's stresses. A move is near the top. It's a big deal and I wish you well.
We were married 49 years ago and rented for 2 years. Built our first house in 1973 and lived in that house for 26 years before moving. The boys were raised there ... I went to grad school ... parents died ... the boys moved on. They were significant years. The move came in 1999 and it was a real adventure and and exciting time for us. A huge change and I was so happy with the change. BUT after 26 years in one house, well ...ummm...err..ahh...well, ah, let's just say we had accumulated a lot of stuff. It was a time for thinning the load, which we did. Har har. It has since grown again!
Despite the stresses, I hope you can find some excitement and joy in your new house closer to your parents.
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Moving house is stressful. There is such a lot involved. I hope everything goes smoothly for you and you get your present home sold quickly allowing you to concentrate on finding another place suitable to set up home again nearer your parents. It will be an adventure. You can take photographs recording your journey and perhaps preserve memories for the future.
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The best way is supposed to be selling your house first. But whatever way, it can be very stressful. My husband and I moved quite a lot, due to his work. When we put down roots back in this area, we were in our first house for five years. Then we decided to move - sold the house - and almost became homeless. Luckily, his firm gave us a house to stay in, until we found our own.
When we retired, we thought of moving to a smaller place. We couldn't be bothered with the hassle, so stayed put.
If you sell your house, couldn't you move in with your parents for a while? That would ease the stress.
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Thank you everyone for your support, encouragement, and especially your kindness. That's what makes this forum so special - the people. Whippet - Yes, I plan to put my stuff in storage and move in with my parents for a while. My realtor expects my house to be on the market next week. It is an adventure, and I've never been this way before.
I really do appreciate your helpful and kind comments.
Good luck with your move. It seems that you have already successfully passed two crucial steps: the decision making one and an important part of the how. I am confident that it will help you to meet your expectations at the end of the process. I hope you can go through it without too much stress. If it can help, just remember that moving is only that, a process that is meant to bring you where you have decided to be.
Being an off-and-on long haul trucker, I have moved and been involved in moving a lot of different people and have had to deal with a lot of mistakes. A bit of advice on moving: Have a big auction and sell ALL of the big bulky stuff and anything else you need to be rid of anyway. People at auctions lose their grip on reality and will pay more for your old used stuff than you can replace it for new after you move. Paying for transportation and/or storage can soon eat up the value of the things being moved/stored = better to auction it off before sinking a load of money in it.
While you are packing, you will find things you have been searching for for years; once you get it all moved, it will be ten years before some of it is ever seen again. Twenty years after you move, there will be taped-up boxes that haven't been opened yet.
The first time I moved, just across the field, I carried most of my belongings; the second time I moved, to the other side of the farm, I made a single pickup load. Then, I got married and moved about fifteen miles = three pickup loads plus three horses. Lived there for five years and moved to where we are now in 2000 = five pickup loads plus four horses. We have been here 19 years and I doubt fifteen semi-trailers would hold it all and I only have one horse.
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Well, there is another way. It's called a FLOOD!, 2" above the kitchen counter tops on the main floor. We saved our good old stuff, which was several antique family things. We saved our good new stuff, some furniture and other valuables. The rest ended up in the landfill, much of which would end up there anyway. One regret? Well there was a box of prints and negatives that got forgotten in the rush to get things out of the house and to safety. Buckskin, your summary of moves fits pretty well for me too. Good luck on the move!