The Story Behind Bridget’s House for Sale

You have probably figured this out by now, but today I can finally make it official. We SOLD our house this week, which has brought quite the mix of emotions the past month or so. I wish I could have talked more about the process while it was happening, but I was too hesitant to announce any news until the deal was signed, sealed, and delivered… literally! But now I can fill you all in because as of two days ago, our first home sweet home together has new owners.

We Sold Our House… Where Do I even Start?

I never realized how stressful selling a house can be (probably because this was my first time through the experience). Although our journey went very smoothly, I didn’t get excited or let my guard down to celebrate until the deal was complete. But now that everything is official, I’d love to finally catch you up to speed on exactly what has happened behind the scenes over the past month and a half!

Prepping Our House to Sell

In mid-August we walked through the “new house” and put a bid on it. We negotiated a little bit and eventually signed the contract, right as we were going back to work. Finding our new house was a big surprise, so the thought of putting ours on the market ASAP was not something I was anticipating… especially since we had zero luck on the house hunt for almost a year!

I didn’t want to rush putting our house on the market until I knew the inspection was all clear at the new house. So as we waited a few days for the inspector, we immediately started “prepping” the old house to go on the market. <— More on exactly what that looked like below.

Putting Our House Up For Sale

Fast forward a week or so and the inspection came back with flying colors and it was time to put our first home on the market (cue lots of tears here). Between the pregnancy and being emotional by nature, I was a bit of a mess. I was of course SO excited for the new house but at the same time, I didn’t want to say goodbye to our first house that we grew to LOVE. But it was time to move on with a new adventure, which meant it was also time for the FOR SALE sign to be hammered into our yard.

SOLD!

Our realtor put our house on the market on a Friday evening. Then he agreed to host TWO open houses that same weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. We immediately got a few private appointments on each of those days through the MLS listing along with a lot of foot traffic thanks to the open houses. By Sunday night, we had two offers and a signed contract.

We sold our house in 48 hours! I was extremely grateful and a little relieved (although guarded because we still had a long journey ahead). And even amidst all the excitement, I went to bed crying… a mixture of happy and sad tears, but tears nonetheless. #poorMatt

An Emotional Roller Coaster

Thankfully the transition of leaving our house got easier and easier, especially as each stressful part of the sale was checked off of our to-do list. The inspection, the appraisal, and finally the closing. We are officially out and I still can’t fully believe it. I feel like the last two months have been a complete whirlwind but in the best way possible.

A Grateful Goodbye

Locking the door for the last time brought the last wave of emotion (hopefully) but knowing that we’re only a mile away and that we’re passing it on to owners who are so excited makes me feel a lot better about saying goodbye.
Our 1,100 square foot house brought us more joy than we ever could have imagined… how could we be sad about that?! And being able to sell that house in such a short time, I realize we are extremely lucky, and therefore I have no choice but to look back on our five years there and smile…. really, really big!
We left a note to the new homeowners on the counter, a few treats to celebrate, and a wish that their new home brings them just as many amazing times as it brought us.

How to Prep Your House to Sell

On Monday I plan to check in to share all the things we did to prep our home to sell. And even though our house is always pretty clean and could appear “staged” to some, I still had my hands full tweaking some things to really make sure it was ready for all the showings. If you’re looking to sell your home anytime soon, be sure to check back on Monday.
But before you go…. PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who was an emotional mess leaving my first house! Someone? Anyone?!

Bridget

  • I was an emotional mess after selling my first CAR, I know I’ll be a HUGE mess whenever we move out of our first house together! (11 years and counting but at 1200 square feet and with one kid already…I know it’s inevitable!) How lucky that yours sold so quickly!

    • I’m glad I’m not alone!! And 11 years?!! That’s amazing!!!

  • Nadine Peacock

    We did the same thing, found another home before we sold our (second) home. Ours was always in show condition though. No tweaking needed. I believe in updating all the time so when all the other houses around us still looked like 1972 ours was a beautiful home with no work needed. We never had an open house, it sold in the first 6 hours listed to the first person who saw it. She had been looking for 2 years in our area.
    Since I’m so organized I made a notebook of everything we had done to the house through pictures and also had every booklet for everything we had bought (all appliances, roof, A/C, paint samples) to give to her. She was so thankful.
    We were not sad to leave, just really excited to be going somewhere new.

    • Those notes & pictures…. what a brilliant idea! LOVE THAT, thank you so much for sharing!

  • Heather White Beato

    I was definitely emotional selling my first house. I bought it when I was single, and during the 8 years I lived there, I acquired a husband, a son, a dog and a baby (in that exact order!). My sweet 2/2 was feeling a wee bit cramped, so I was thrilled to go, but it was definitely bitter sweet. Admittedly, I was post-partum (we sold 2 months after I delivered my daughter by C-section…I spent my whole maternity leave prepping the house to sell), but I think I would have been pretty emotional either way. Our new home has been more wonderful than we ever could have imagined, neither child remembers any home but this one. Your old home was special because it marked the start of your life as a married couple, but this one will be even more special because it marks the start of your family. Savor each moment and remember, it isn’t the house that makes a home but the people who live in it!

  • I think I felt really numb after we sold our first house. We weren’t planning on moving for another year but a tree fell through the nursery, so since we had to have everything packed up and stored during repairs, we figured why not. Just when I could start to take everything in on the whole selling our first home, the buyers kept pulling stunts on us that made it extremely emotional. The week of closing we thought for sure the sale was not going to go through. The buyers had such an immature realtor and would send little threats towards us of pulling out. We were literally FREAKING out at the closing table that everything hadn’t gone through on their end. The entire time we were there, they were flaunting how much money they had (it was a kid out of college and his parents, who had to co-sign) and how they take all these extravagant trips and I was all “JUST SIGN THE PAPERS!” We left there feeling so weird and not relieved mainly because we had to deal with the guy that sold us our house…..more drama haha

    • Oh my goodness, that’s so stressful and scary!! I can’t even imagine what you were going through. What a tough cookie you are! Glad it all worked out in the end. #yikes

  • Kaitlin M.

    You are not the only one! We actually haven’t even sold ours but we are in a townhouse and know it will not be our forever home. We are planning a move in the next few years and I always get so emotional thinking about that time even though it’s not here yet! It is our first house together as well. But a new house and change is so exciting so while it is bittersweet, there’s always so much to look forward to!

    • That’s exactly how I was during the house hunt (and even before) so I feel ya!! And you’re right, this is such a “good problem” with so much excitement ahead!

  • Leslee Myers

    I owned my first home for five years but only physically lived in it for the first two years of my ownership. The remaining three years the house was occupied by a renter while I went off to graduate school. When it came time to sell the place I was surprised how sad I was mainly because I didn’t consider it my home anymore. I had a grapevine in the backyard that I affectionately named Gordon, and I took a few clippings from his vines to replant in my new home. The cuttings have flourished and are now twice the size Gordon was.

    • Awww, that’s so sweet. I REALLY love the idea of having something from the old house in your new place.

  • I cried on the floor of my first apartment when it was completely empty after 7 years (!!!) It wasn’t a house, but it was definitely my home. I am an emotional person too (thank heavens for patient husbands) and moving out of a third floor walk-up is exhausting – Houston promptly ordered pizza. 🙂

    • The struggle is REAL!! And pizza is always the solution. =)

  • Katie Baltz

    OMG, Bridgette I am going through all of that (minus pregnancy) right now and it is such a whirlwind. We are selling our first home – also 1100 sq. ft. – in AZ and moving to FL. So in this scenario I’m swapping pregnancy for the unknown, as flying back and forth to look at houses just didn’t make sense at the time. So we don’t have a plan other than we are just going to FL. Hahahaaa.
    I’m getting stress sweat just typing this.
    Similar to you, though, we put our house on the market on a Wednesday, had our Open Houses that weekend, and had multiple offers Sunday night. I do feel so grateful, but I am also so overwhelmed. We are through the inspection, appraisal, etc… and everything closes on the 26th.
    It really is such an emotional journey letting go of your first space. I have already cried a lot. I tried to figure out how we could just move our little house to FL. I took a weird amount of photos of all the nooks and cranies and things I love. I also framed a leftover piece of wallpaper from this house to the next house. Like a gift of happiness and good luck from one home to another.

    I’m certainly glad you posted about this because I clearly needed my feelings to be justified. So Thanks, I get it. I’m glad to hear someone else is being emotional with their home process as well. <3 Katie

    • It is a whirlwind… I’m glad you’re right here with me throughout the craziness!! But hopefully when all the dust settles, both of us are so excited (and happy) in our new home sweet homes. Hang in there and good luck!

  • Aww, how exciting!! Good luck with your house hunt!

  • Trang

    I can so relate to this story. We went through this process last summer and it was so stressful. I can’t imagine being pregnant on top of selling and getting a new house ready to move in. My house also sold very quickly, but then we couldn’t negotiate on all the ‘fixes’ aka extra money that the potential buyer wanted us to provide. Therefore, we cancelled the contract and the house had to go back on the market. The 2nd time, we agreed on the price and signed the contract quickly also, but then the closing took forever! No kidding. They were first time buyers and so the loan process was a bit different for some odd reason and slow moving. The under writers also were annoying slow. In the end, it was not a fun process and I was happy to be rid of the house even though I had many memories there (both kids were raised there for most of their childhood). I love my new tiny house now and when I drive past the old house every now and again, the only thing that makes me sad is that the new owners have not treated the house very kindly. It’s a hot mess with stuff spilling out of the garage and the yard is horrible. My old neighbors tell me that they no longer like me because they’ve inherited nightmare neighbors. Yikes!

    • Really?!! What a mess!! Moving is so stressful… I seriously don’t want to move for a LONG time because of these exact reasons!! Glad it all worked out in the end. =)