I have spent some time today taking stock of the general state of affairs.
We have a 5 bedroom house with 3 bathrooms and a generous amount of square footage. The floor plan is open, modern and desirable ..... we are not anticipating any difficulty in selling this place. I will be hiring an appraiser to give us a proper written report with recommendations because I plan on listing the house for sale myself. I am a licensed real estate broker so I will put the house up for sale on the local MLS and pay 3% commission to the selling agent, thus saving myself a nice wedge of money.
The house itself is in great shape. We have made all sorts of improvements and it is a turn key deal.
My goal this week is to empty out the entire upstairs, save for the beds and the linen closets. I just want to get all the closets in the bedrooms emptied out and the stuff sorted. I have already started on this project and I am not pleased at the amount of stuff I still have. The situation is not bad ~ I have certainly seen worse within these 4 walls (and the walls that came before this). I made a pledge to stop shopping and I have largely stuck to that pledge. I have still bought more clothes than I can possibly wear and I'm annoyed about that but I have no problem in telling myself that I cannot buy any more. It will certainly be a waste of money if I do buy more clothing.
All the bedrooms need a complete paint job ~ ceilings, walls and baseboards. Had I been planning on staying in this house, I would've put laminate flooring in all of the bedrooms but, seeing as how I am selling up, I will put new carpeting throughout instead.
I love this house but I can't stay here in this desert outpost. It is time to move and time to do something more with our lives before *** CLICHE ALERT!!*** it's too late.