Moving is hard. I don’t need to tell you that, right? If you’ve ever done it (and most of us do at some point) you know what an exhausting mental and physical exercise, moving is. To move or not to move…that is the question.
We chose to move our family of five, 4 whole miles up the Bayshore so our daughter could go to the best public high school in Tampa next year.
That’s what motivated us. I could go on & on about how, why and when but I won’t. Why?
Because buying a new house made it worth it.
Yes, we wanted to live in better school district but it was a lot of work: preparing the house to sell, finding the best realtor, waiting for the right offer, finding a reliable mover, and saying goodbye to our house on Bayshore Vista; …
It was kind of sad to see it all ‘undone’ like that and you start to wonder, “honey, what are we doing? “
(sorry not the best pic, I was crying when I took that one…kind of pathetic, I know.)
And, get this! To top this life-changing event off? We couldn’t find a place to buy!
I should say, we couldn’t find a house we “wanted” to buy. We did have our priorities after all (must-have vs. it’d-be-nice-to-have) so that took plenty of places out of the running. There were so few homes listed in the Plant district in our price range, it wasn’t even funny. (And I’m not talking chicken change, either.)
What the heck were we going to do? We needed an address to tell our movers where to take all our
(Should we look for a decent rental? What?! After all that, we’re going to have to rent and,… we’ll have to move again in the near future! Yikes! Please, No thank you!)
If it wasn’t for the grace of God, I don’t know where we’d be living right now. The exact day we were planning on signing a year lease on a rental property we thought we could get by in…
a new listing popped up!
(Here’s what it looked like on the day we walked through it the first time)
It was a new house (Squeal) and it was on a street we really liked. The interesting part was that we’d admired a house by the same builder, Marty Ryan, several months before and thought it was lovely; but our existing home hadn’t sold yet and there was no way we’re were going to take on 2 mortgages.
We grabbed this one and we’re so happy we did! We put our offer in the same day we looked at it (and if you know the hubs you know that goes against his grain)…and the rest is history, as they say.
(this is right before the stucco went on)
(this is when the stucco was all finished) 🙂
(and, when it was ready to pour the sidewalk, put down the brick pavers and install the landscaping.)
(Boom! Done! It was that easy! Or at least that’s the way our awesome project manager, Joe, made it seem to us.)
No, we didn’t “plan” on building a house. I guess because we thought it be too much to take on with 3 kids and all, too expensive or both. But, now that we’ve had the chance, I would definitely recommend it to folks.(if you have the right builder)
I recommend buying a new house for 3 good reasons and they dawned on me during different stages of building.
1. New House = New which means stuff doesn’t break down. And in our case, our builder gave us a 10-year warranty. (bonus – “less maintenance for your honey-do-list, sweetie) 🙂
2. “Semi-custom” = More affordable that meant we didn’t have custom plans drawn up, or hand-select the lot we built on, but it does mean we got to pick everything from the color of the granite, hard wood flooring, and more, right down to where we wanted certain electrical outlets. If it was a “custom” home, we never could have done it up the way we wanted to and stayed with in our budget. (And, I’m more-than-fine with “semi-custom”)
3. More Energy Efficient = Low Operating Costs This might sound silly but we didn’t really think about just how much energy-efficient building materials can make a difference on your monthly bills. I mean our builder had told us all about the energy-saving homes he designs which sounds nice. But it wasn’t until we’d been here 6 months when we realized our power bills were so much lower than at our old house, and we’re talking almost the exact square footage. Go figure.
Yes, moving is hard. But it’s worth it!
Have you ever built a house? Bought a new one? Or have you been thinking about moving? Do tell.
Disclosure: No this is not a sponsored post in any way. I just really had a great experience with my builder, MartyRyan, and I wanted to share my uncensored and honest opinion.
Thanks for reading. 🙂