The current plan is to move sometime in the coming year. We’ve learned to hold that plan rather lightly with the housing market and economy being what it is and all. The original plan was to move upon getting married. That was 2009 and, well, we all know that wasn’t exactly the best time to sell or buy.
So, in the meantime, we find some inconvenience in stuffing Tupperware into minimal cupboard space, reaching around one another in a single-sink bathroom and putting up with a stinky commute. In the grand scheme of life, these are rather minor challenges. There’s really no reason why two people can’t survive in a 1,300 square foot space. For Pete sake, Brent survived in a hut for two years!
Also in the meantime, we’re working on ways to make our place more sell-able. Everything we read and watch on HGTV (my favorite channel) seems to indicate that updated lighting is key. No doubt about it, ours needed a spruce up from the 90s.
So the trick was to find something that might have broad appeal without spending a wad of cash that we’d never get back out of the sale.
I suppose if we were looking for lighting we’d want to live with long-term, we’d have searched for weeks for just the right thing. Hmmm. Let me re-phrase that. I’d have searched for weeks. Brent, being a man and all, is cut more from the “go to store, pick out something and purchase” cloth. Let’s just say I’ve learned to make selections much more quickly. (He even got me to pick out my latest purse in a matter of 10 minutes. Ladies, I know, your eyes are bulging in disbelief. But it’s true, I love the purse, and that’s another story.)
We picked up five new lighting fixtures at Home Depot and got them installed a few weeks ago. The good thing is that we get to enjoy them now until we move…whenever that might be. Next we consider paint samples. And then there’s the staging process which will involve packing up a good share of what we own. Having done this all just two years ago with my previous town home, we’re no strangers to packing and storage units. Hopefully the next time it’ll be a lot longer than two to three years between moves!
We’ve got our eyes peeled for any other great selling/buying ideas. Whaddaya got?