Now what do we do?

Well, we did it.  We sold our house!  Yesterday morning we got a call that an offer was coming in.  Throughout the day, we negotiated the price and conditions, until, finally, around 7:15 in the evening the deal was consummated.  In the old days, we’d have had to meet with the realtors, sign and initial a myriad of paperwork, shake hands with the buyers and await the closing.  These days it’s all done via the Internet.  We “signed” wherever we needed to electronically, clicking here, there, and everywhere it said “click.”  And, just like that, the deal was done.  To celebrate, we went out and enjoyed a pizza!  

The buyers are closing on the sale of their house on April 24th, which means we will be closing on the sale of ours right afterward.  All along, all we thought about was selling, selling, selling.  We gave very little thought to what would happen once that became a reality.  Now that we are under contract, the enormity of what we are facing has smacked us right in the face.

There is so much involved in a move that it boggles the mind.  A moving company must be found and hired.  Storage may be needed, and, if so, we’ll have to make arrangements for that.  We’ll have to find new doctors, a dentist, an ophthalmologist, and a pharmacy, in addition to changing our health insurer.  Drivers licenses will need to be obtained, along with registration for our two cars.  What if we close on our house, and we haven’t closed on our new dwelling?  A very likely scenario.  Can we rent our own house back from the buyers?

On Monday, we plan to begin searching in earnest for our new home.  We have a pretty good idea of where we want to live, and we know that there are plenty of homes available to choose from.  But making that choice will no doubt be a daunting task.  There are numerous considerations involved: location, location, location, of course; number of bedrooms and baths; and the makeup of the neighborhood.  Will we be able to find a home with the master bedroom on the main level?  That is an absolute necessity.  Should we buy a condominium, or a stand-alone house?  That is another decision we’ll have to make.

Anyway, we’ve gotten over the first major hurdle: selling our house.  Now comes the fun part—if you call dealing with all that I have listed above as fun.  Oh, did I mention packing?  That’s something we’ve already started doing—along with getting rid of “stuff.”  As I see it, this is our last big adventure.  So here we go!  Wish us luck.

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