They liked it.
They REALLY liked it.
(If you’re asking who? click here.)
With every turn they fell more and more in love. Even after opening the refrigerator, and the cabinets, and the closet doors. (so much for my secret hiding spots.)
But I know why. It’s a great house. And it cleans up nice.
After they left, Hubby and I sat on our deck (yes, OUTSIDE!), thinking back 16 years ago when our home was just a dream. Once we knew we wanted to live in B@rtelso, we drove around the small town often, hoping to see for sale signs. One day, we came across an open lot on a cul-de-sac with only 5 other houses. We knew immediately it was the perfect location and bought it soon after.
Then the hunt for a house plan began. We flipped through books and walked through many display homes, and one day, just like with the lot, we walked through a house and felt the connection immediately. We brought the house plans to our architect, changed a few things here and there to suit our needs, and then the building began.
With three young boys, and a very pregnant belly, I oversaw the construction of our home and acted as the contractor. The boys climbed the mounds of dirt with their tractors and dump trucks, while I cracked the whip to keep the guys moving. We spent our evenings burning wood scraps, hauling drywall pieces, and picnicking on the wooden floor boards. We moved in on Sept. 9, 1998, Mario’s due date, and she was born 3 days later.
This house has been a terrific home for our family. And we have certainly LIVED here. We’ve recently replaced the appliances and the floors, slowly getting it ready for our “some day” sale.
So to have this young couple be totally enamored by it is heartwarming in a way. Then again, it saddens me to think about leaving it behind.
At this point we’re getting numbers together. Neither of us are in a huge hurry. If we decide on a price that’s agreeable to both sides, they’re willing to wait until we find a place to rent that will house 2 kids, 2 pets, and a crap load of stuff.
An agreeable price is the key. Knowing we have three more years before we can move south, I prefer not to settle for anything. We have a number in our head that we think is fair. If they’re not willing, we’re not selling.
Then again, if they don’t buy, we could find ourselves in the back seat.