I realize that my blogging has been spotty to say the least, but the uncertainty of this move has sort of turned my life upside down. I'm usually very organized, methodical and have things planned out days in advance but this past month I have been a pod person. I have struggled to answer emails, check my favorite blogs and even return phone calls. This is so out of character for me that friends have started wondering if I succumbed to the swine flu!
No swine flu here, but we have had lots of drama! We put the house on the market April 1, and by the 6th, we had a buyer. The contracts were written up and signed, inspections completed and we were just waiting on a closing date. Then our buyers suddenly developed a case of unrealistic expectations, and sent us a list roughly 2 yards long of things they wanted us to fix from the inspection report. I would like to interject here that this house was built in 1972. What was up to code then, is not necessarily up to code now, but that doesn't mean that it is unsafe or not functional.
Some of the things Trevor was able to fix himself, but there were a few items that were just ridiculous. They wanted us to move the breaker box! The breaker box! We also had an inspector who liked to spin tall tales of "what ifs" and who also liked to provide inappropriate information to the buyers about his perception of property values in our neighborhood. He also provided an incorrect inspection report to the buyers. He said that there were no smoke detectors in the bedrooms (ummm...then what are those round, blinky things above each door??) and that we had gas logs in our strictly wood burning fireplace.
Those were just a few things, but if he got the simple stuff wrong, who knows what else was inaccurately reported. At any rate, the realtors kept trying to tell the buyers that unless an item on the inspection report made the house functionally deficient, the list was simply a suggestion of things to address. I think they were first time buyers, because they insisted on the entire list being fixed and before we could even give them an answer they called to say that they wanted to reduce the price by $10,000 and they still wanted us to fix everything.
We had already agreed to pay their closing costs, title insurance, home warranty and warranty transfer fees. We also had to pay our realty fees, so after it was all said and done we would have had to bring money to closing to sell our house. Am I the only one who thinks that's ridiculous??? We countered, they refused and backed out of the contract. We were disappointed, but knew that God had a plan for our house and finances and that it would all work out in the end.
So, it's been a week and our friend and realtor Kellye called us with the news that someone wanted to see the house today. I can't adequately express how much I appreciate Kellye. She has worked tirelessly to sell our house, and to be the go between for us. She has researched problems for us, and is never more than a phone call away. We have been so blessed to have a Christian friend advocating for us in an area where we have little or no expertise.
Trevor and I are leaving to explore the Tulsa area today, and we will not be home until Wednesday evening, so the house will be available to show anytime she wants to. I am so excited about spending some quality time alone with Trevor, and having the opportunity to see the area where we will be living. This is such an exciting time, and so many of our decisions hinge on this trip. We will be looking at houses, schools, day cares and churches and I have two interviews while we are there. Many of our questions about when we will be moving will be answered in the next few days, and that will be a huge load off of our minds. The uncertainty of our future has been the one thing that has stressed me out. I know that God has it all worked out, but I am a planner and the not knowing has left me in a state of limbo.
So, the kids are packed and ready to go to Gran and Grandpa's for a few days, and we are packed and ready to be alone!