Guys, I have really been missing blogging since we closed and moved, and I’m happy to say I should be able to get back to it with consistency through my favorite upcoming seasons! Just to bring you up to speed, this post is all about closing, moving, and getting settled in our new house (!!!). I’ll be sharing some progress pics and some of our fall decor soon, too, so stay tuned if that’s what you’re after!
Y’all, closing isn’t for the faint of heart. I’ve been told that piece of advice, as well as that we needed to prepare to sign everything and then some, and I can officially say it’s true. The anxiety leading up to closing is inescapable, especially when we had to provide documentation from almost a year ago with consistency and speed for the two weeks leading up to closing, and honestly, there were times we didn’t know whether we’d close successfully or not! It’s definitely a marathon process and one that’s a bear to tackle during the work week (but what other time can you get to the bank to pull documents that have to be turned around in a business day?).
Our closing appointment itself wasn’t bad at all — we had a late afternoon appointment, drank a Coke and enjoyed sitting down with some lovely people who explained our closing paperwork thoroughly. We enjoyed the time spent with the title company and, surprisingly, our hands didn’t cramp at all! We were finished with signing everything in about 20 minutes, which felt wonderful. It wasn’t real until we got a little manila envelope with keys and garage door openers in it, and it was glorious to come home the first time and open the garage door ourselves.
What We Learned: We learned that it’s tough, but it’s so worth it. If we had it to do over again, we’d keep more thorough records of everything we did / spent / saved from the time we started working on the building process to the very minute that we closed. We had no clue what we’d need to get everything in order, and I will say that it was much more than we ever expected, so that’s our biggest piece of advice. Oh, and to eat some yummy Chinese food right after closing to celebrate! We planned a quick celebratory meal since we started building and it was so much fun to decompress from the stress of closing with something yummy.
This is something we’re getting pretty familiar with at this stage in our marriage since we’ve moved 3 times in almost 3 years now, but there are still some things we’d do differently. We used local movers who were extraordinary in terms of their professionalism and preparedness, which was a huge stress reliever and really helped us enjoy the move. We took all the small boxes we could and tried to get everything but the furniture in the house prior to the movers coming, which was really great because it made moving efficient and allowed us to fully function in our home almost immediately after the furniture was in place.
What We Learned: We gathered boxes for almost 3 months prior to moving, and man, we amassed a ton. Like, hundreds. So our biggest piece of advice to those who are planning a move: estimate your boxes accordingly! We now have a breakfast room at the rental that’s almost full to the ceiling of boxes that we’re going to donate, break down, trash, or recycle, and it’s intimidating to say the least. Also, really consider hiring movers. They make your life so much easier and you will 100% enjoy your move more if you don’t have to fret about carrying a couch / highboy / dresser / whatever other cumbersome furniture through your new house.
Now that we’ve closed, moved, and unpacked all but two boxes (yay!), we’re settling in and figuring out what works best, and it’s so much fun! While we know it will take us months to get everything exactly the way we want it, we’re having a blast messing around with where things will live in cabinets, drawers, closets, and furniture. It’s so neat to see the house go from a pile of dirt to our dream home and we have to keep pinching ourselves to remind us that it’s finally ours! Settling in is something everyone does differently, but Jordan and I hate clutter and the disarray that comes with moving, so we’ve unpacked as much as we can and everything minus the two boxes and a TV is functional, decorated, and (almost) cleaned for the first time. Now that we’re in the fun phase of moving, we’re really trying to soak it up and take our time!
What We Learned: Get rid of the dang boxes! Seriously. We’ve been living with boxes and kicking them around for months, and we’re so, so eager to get rid of all of them, and that’s the first thing we did when we got into the house. Not only does it make everything seem more manageable, but it also helps you prioritize finding a home for every little item in the house (or taking it straight to the donation pile!).
I hope you’re all having a great Monday so far! I’ll be sharing progress pics of each room soon so you can see how everything is turning out!