I spent my first night in my new house exactly four weeks ago today. In four weeks, things are much more settled. For instance, nobody is sleeping on air mattresses anymore, thank goodness. The heat goes up in the right zones at the right times. The kitchen is mostly unpacked. Each weekday has a fairly set routine.
Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done, and the past four weeks have not been easy. Nor were the weeks before that as I was moving stuff over here, decluttering, etc. Plus the renovation has been a year-long project…
Sarah is also moving to a new house (likely in the next month of two after they do some light renovations as well). These are both local moves, but moving 5 people or 7 people and all their stuff, and figuring out where it goes in a new place, is always going to be a production. Plus, life doesn’t stop while you move. So in this week’s episode of Best of Both Worlds, we talk all things moving.
We address the why: more space for my family, and in Sarah’s case, her rent going up by enough to change the rent vs. buy calculation. I address the question of why renovate a house (since everyone talks about how painful it is). The short answer is that if you have specific requirements (like 7 bedrooms in a certain elementary school district), it is going to be very hard to find a house that is exactly what you want. Theoretically you could build a new house, but there aren’t a whole lot of available plots of land in this district either. That pretty much limited our choice to finding an existing house that we could turn into what we wanted.
We talk general contractors, budgeting, and decision making (try to become a satisficer!) And we talk paying movers to box things up and some practical tips (keep out anything you’re going to need in the first 2-3 weeks. I was told “first week” but when you have enough boxes, it can take longer than that to find everything…). We also talk about thinking through new routines. And we talk about living in your home while selling it.
In the Q&A section, we talk through the “cry it out” method of sleep training. So there is a lot of ground covered in this episode! If you’ve moved recently, or are thinking about it, please share your tips or questions. It was good to do, in our case, but I am glad to be on the other side of it!