So it’s been quite a while since I’ve updated this here blog. Normally I wouldn’t apologize for that (cause let’s be honest, I’m probably the only person reading this site), as it’s neither interesting to write nor read. But the reason for my virtual absence has actually spawned several ideas for posts, so I thought I’d give some quick backstory.
Short version: I moved.
Longer version: I got caught up in everything involved with the moving process, and a whole lot of other interests and corners of life got pushed to the backburner. And frankly, the process was quite a bit more time-consuming than I would have ever expected. Simple it was not. Everything from house hunting to mortgage wrangling, packing to donating, move preparation to inspections, new home plans to old home repairs. In fact, parts of it are still going on.
I’m not sure about where you live (or who you are, or what you’re doing here; get off my lawn!) but around these parts the real estate market is a crazy, nutty hotbed of activity. It’s a sellers market, which is real estate-speak for “there are five overpriced houses for the hundreds of new people moving here each week, so let’s determine buyers Hunger Games-style.” If you’re selling, your job has never been simpler; just quietly whisper that you’re thinking of selling your place and seconds later a swarm of real estate agents will be banging on your door to help get it listed, with your correct Starbucks order already magically in hand. If you’re buying, on the other hand, then get ready for a lot of hunting and a lot of waiting. And then a lot more cursing followed by still more hunting. It’s the purchasing equivalent of being stuck in a traffic jam: too many people vying for too few spaces. I realize that markets differ from city to city, but that’s the backdrop for my own buying journey, and if it’s yours then you have my full empathy.
It’s weeks or months of hunting and waiting, and then as soon as you do find something it’s a mad scramble to get everything ready to close the deal. And if you’re smart like me, you’ll move and then immediately tear out your kitchen to begin a kitchen renovation, before realizing that because of the buying – and new construction – frenzy, finding contract renovation help might even be worse than finding a house. Again, sometimes I have difficulty understanding the word “simple”. But even though the kitchen renovation is still ongoing, my brain has settled down long enough to look back over the whole process and jot down a few notes about simplicity in the chaos of a move that might be of interest to others.
So be on the lookout for some move-related posts soon. And don’t move. Ever.