My husband and I just bought our first home! The stress from trying to get everything done in 30 days was HUGE! The person we were buying from kept trying to get money before closing, trying to get out of fixing things that were in the contract, etc etc. The bank also neglected to inform us of things they needed until days or even HOURS before they had to have it or we lost the loan!

But, we finally closed and the stress started to decline a little, except for having to deal with breaking our current apartment lease. We were originally planning on moving in about mid-April, but do to complications with the landlords at our current place and just wanting to get out of here already, we're moving in three weeks!! Yikes!! On top of that, we have to pay some penalty fee that we will get back if someone moves in before the end of the month, but they didn't tell us when we would get it back or even how much we owe! We ended up on a payment plan for a set dollar amount, but we still don't know the net total!

© Raymac

On top of that, I have a 65-gallon fish tank to move and two lizard cages. With what I have to do to move them, it's going to take this weekend and next weekend.

I have have such a bad case of anxiety and heartburn right now...

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March 11, 2008


We're moving in a hurry, but hopefully I'll get some good pictures of our house to at least share, if not upload here. :)

February 28, 2008


Congrats! My only words of advice (and I hope they help)--the stress of moving is real, but temporary. Soon, you will have left all that anxiety behind, and you, your husband, your fish and your lizards will be enjoying your new home!

February 28, 2008


Thank you all so much for the comments! You've helped calm my nerves a little bit. :)

February 28, 2008


Wow, that is a big step, and one that you won't regret. Of course right now is hectic and (although I hesitate to say this) that won't stop for a while. Once you are in your new home you'll be busy busy busy for a long time. But as Ellen says, taking some photos of the move should be fun and also maybe photos of the donation pile, the cleaning, the broken fingernails? That fish tank sounds like the hardest thing to me.

After you are all settled in, you can sit back and breathe.

When we bought our first house, I did a whole series of photos of putting in the grass and garden in the back yard... an amazing transformation and so satisfying!


February 28, 2008


I also want to look at your new house.

February 27, 2008


Waiting for your new house pictures. :)

February 27, 2008


I'm going to try to take pictures while we're moving. A few is better than none, right? ;)

February 27, 2008


Pay for your move: take photos of the boxes and the loading/unloading! And really it's not so bad...ask me. We moved from Seattle to Florida with two cats, two cars and a huge van inclduing 3000 books and then turned around and moved back one year later. I survived and you will too. Nothing like owning your own place too. Congratulations.

February 27, 2008


I've already taken bags upon bags of clothes and blankets down to Good Will! I think you're right about the time to myself. I've been so caught up in hurrying to get things done (and rescheduling my hours at work to do so) the past two months that I feel like I haven't done anything for myself! Maybe that's where my anxiety is coming from....

February 27, 2008


Unfortunately these days the real estate and mortgage industries get some kind of twisted and perverse pleasure out of holding regular people at their mercy. I have been through the house buying process a couple of times, but it was before things got as crazy as they are now.

Best words of advice I can offer - get rid of as much unneeded junk as you can before the move. Since you will have a viable tax writeoff now, you can deduct fair market for items donated to charity.

And don't foregt to take some time for yourself daily, even if it's a 15 minute walk, or a phone call to a friend to say hello (with no discussion of the moving things!)

Good luck to you!

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