This may sound pretty crazy, but I was thinking (through all the stress that is going on right now) that it may be a good idea to write daily on "our" move. To write about the daily jobs in the move, the move day, moving into the new house, the duties that need to be accomplished in a move and how we are adjusting to the new area.
I will start as of today (backing up on some things that already happened and keep going for a few weeks on this thread).
If anyone thinks this is ridiculous, I have no problems stopping.
I thought it would be fun and may help others who are planning to move to the area from out of state soon.
So here I go:
A little background: We are moving from Maryland. I have a husband and 3 kids. My husband has lived here all of his life but I have moved around alot (have lived in SC before, but in Oconee Co). My oldest just turned 18, I have a 16 year old autistic child (the 1st two are from a previous marriage) and a 9 year old boy. We decided to move for many reasons: Cost of living, rude people, traffic with a lot of road rage, and the public school system.
We put our house on the market in Feb., 2007 and I put a contingency contract down on the new home in Rock Hill. The home we built there would cost about 700K here in Maryland. The cost isn't even close.
We looked at MANY new home communities in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Lancaster and Meck. Co. We picked this one because of the lot size and the type of house that "fits us". I did see that many new home communities (with a great and patient realtor!!) in the area had small lot sizes. My husband would not deal with being able to reach out of your window and touch your neighbors house..lol
Made about 3-4 trips to Rock Hill to visit the schools, talk to the special needs department, meet my "to be" new boss and meet the superintendant of the new home.
Meanwhile, in Maryland, we are getting a LOT of showings (mainly in the spring/summer) but no bites. Many homes in our current community are on the market (about 12...today it is 15). We had to lower our price a total of 24K and we had to pay closing costs.
At the same time, the home in Rock Hill was past contingency and I had to drop the contingency (risk losing my earnest money deposit if we didn't sell up here)... This was about 3 weeks ago..Talking about high stress
Our home finally sold and the closing was on Monday. We have been vigorously packing (my husband more then me.. he stopped working last week.. I'm still working up to the last day in Maryland).
My oldest decided to stay in Maryland for "boyfriend" reasons. She will be living with him and his family. She had a car but we have to take it. She has gotten 3 tickets and got into an accident all in 6 months. Needless to say, her insurance would be 340.00/mo. She said she can't do it. So she will have to rely on her boyfriend and his family. I told her she can come whenever she is ready. I will have a plane ticket ready.
I am very sad about this....very sad
My autistic child is indifferent about the move. I think he is glad he will be closer to his father's family (which is a VERY large family in western SC).
My 9 year old is excited and nervous. He worries me. I think he will have the hardest time adjusting.
My husband is excited about his 2-car finished garage and being close to Lowe's motor speedway. (I'm sure he'll be there alot).
Me, I'm excited, nervous and stressed. It takes A LOT of phone calls to move. Turn off this and that here, turn on this and that there. Deposit here, deposit there (for utilities). Now, I am seeing a big chunk will go out for our vehicles for taxes. We won't tag my daughters car (hopefully she will move soon).
I'm also researching furniture stores (does anyone have any ideas for good / inexpensive furniture in the area?).
Luckily, I work in a position where there is a lot of down time I am able to do all this. You would not see my husband on the phone coordinating all the logistics of the move. He's the "packer man".
Well... Today is Tues. and we are closing on the new home on Friday.
The salesperson has been sending me pictures periodically on the home which has been great.
We will not have grass (it is seeded.. and from what I hear.. that is a joke)and they forgot to finish the garage (but now they are working on it...my husband flipped about that)...
but other then that, things are flowing ok. If I have a question, it is answered the same day.. I like that. It's hard to do things from afar.
We are leaving Maryland with pets on Thursday and putting them in a boarding place for a few days in Rock Hill and closing the next day.
Thank goodness I don't start in SC for a few weeks....
So what do you all think? Should I keep going, or stop?