Friday, January 5, 2018

I Got Side Tracked

My goal of adding to my WIP every weekday has gotten a little side-tracked. All because I wanted to look at some condos in Beavercreek last Saturday.

We drove through the community (which has six units left to sell) and liked what we saw. So we planned on talking to them on Wednesday.

Figured Beavercreek would be a nice place to live. It’s closer to my son and the same distance from our daughter. Plus…condo!

But then I did some research and saw how much they cost. Way out of our price range. And the homeowner’s fee was outrageous. Heck, we could pay someone to work on our yard for less than that. Heck, we already do! So I started wondering if buying a ranch house would be better.

And this is where I got in trouble. I love researching.

I discovered that the housing development 4 miles to the north of us has ranch homes within our price range. I’d completely forgotten about them, too! So I went up there on Tuesday and got prices and brochures. One of the houses had a three-car garage! But it was a smaller (much smaller than our) home. We spent that night (up until one am!) looking at all the options and back up plans, because you see, there weren’t but two lots that could take the ranch house we wanted.

Why is it when you think you have plenty of time, you don’t?

So on Wednesday, instead of seeing the condo place, we saw the home place. That three-car garage is gone (unfortunately), but out back-up plan was still good (and frankly, we were hooked). If a realtor gives us a number we can live with selling our current home, then it looks like we’ll be moving this summer into a new ranch.

Yeah, we could probably wait, but actually, this is the best time for us. Hubby has no intention of retiring soon, and our current home is paid for so no need to rush into moving into the new one (we can then figure out what we really want to keep and what can go). Downsizing will be difficult, but I can live with that if it means I’m getting a brand new ranch with a small yard.

I’ll keep you posted on what we decide.

So… when was the last time you moved? Are you itching to do it again or happy where you’re at? It’s been twenty-one years for us. I think this is the longest either one of us has lived in the same house. Ever! The next one will be our last, though. I don’t want to think about moving again. But I’ll be really glad to get rid of the stairs—no more basement and the upstairs is a bonus bedroom only. I don’t need to be up there if I don’t want to.

Happy Friday! Hope you're not freezing.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Too late - we're well below freezing.
Communities like those condos can be very restrictive so it might be better that the ranch house is your option now.
We've been in the same house for just about as long, which like you is the longest I've lived anywhere. (Military brat.) No plans to move. In fact, we hope to make our house a little bigger sometime in the next ten years. Be nice to give my wife the dream kitchen she's always wanted.

JeffO said...

We'll be here fifteen years come February. I like it, but the cold gets worse the older I get (we're not expected to get above zero until Sunday). Hope this works out for you!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - When my husband looked at the size of the condos (which are much smaller than the small ranch house), he realized then that we couldn't do a condo. He likes his space too much. We just don't want the stairs anymore.

Jeff - I'm really hating this cold. I'd move somewhere warmer, but I don't want to be far from the kids. They come first. Now, if they moved... :)

Maria Zannini said...

How exciting! I get an itchy foot to move regularly, but Greg says his foot is down to stay so I have to make the best of it and make it a place I would enjoy. It's a great home and I like the climate, so I can't complain.

re: kids
It tickled me a bit that you said you wanted to be near the kids. When I was that age, I didn't want to be anywhere near my parents--or his.

My mother felt like you did. She wanted to be near her chicks (and now grand-chicks). I probably broke her heart being so independent, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - I'm lucky in that my kids still like me! My son comes over every Tuesday for pizza and whatever TV series we're watching (we're currently on Dick Van Dyke). And my daughter still likes me hanging around when we go to Dragon Con. I've been blessed. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Oh, it's not my mom. It's me. I just don't like being too close to the umbilical. Fortunately, none of my other siblings took after me. I'm the black sheep.

The Happy Whisk said...

I moved here in 2003.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - 2003 doesn't seem like that long ago, but it's 14/15 years now. Yikes!