And a little more eeeeeeeeeeee!!!! It’s done! We are no longer homeowners. We are ex-proud owners of a house. Proud ex-homeowners. Proud mortgage-free people. There’s a little sadness (we were downright weepy yesterday evening when we went to say goodbye to our little house – 9 and a half years and both dogs and I’ll just stop right there), but it’s mostly glee. Not even a little bit of oh-my-god-what-have-I-done (which is good, because my goodness it’s too late for backing out).
Our buyers continued to be annoying right up to the last minute, but they are no longer our problem, either. Now I can think it’s funny instead of super-irritating. Let me count the ways they are not normal.
1. They saw our house during an open house we hosted on a Sunday afternoon. The following Saturday morning (around 10am), they showed up on our doorstep unannounced, wishing to take another look. Who does that?
2. They made their initial offer, including a request that we carpet the entire second story (plus stairs) at our expense. (We said no.)
3. They made their second offer, which included us paying their entire closing costs. We negotiated that down.
Okay, so maybe #2 and #3 are somewhat normal. They’re first steps in a negotiation – whatever. We were still irritated.
4. A couple of weeks before closing, they asked us if they could store some things in the garage. We said no. (What if the deal fell apart? We’re not babysitting their stuff. Besides, at that point there was no room in the garage for their stuff.)
5. One week before closing, they asked if they could come in to get measurements for the carpet they’ll be installing. Our agent would have to let them in. We said okay. (We’re not heartless.)
6. They asked if they could do the walkthrough at the same time. We said no, probably not a good idea. We weren’t entirely moved out, and the house hadn’t been cleaned yet. (We didn’t want them to freak out over something stupid – we weren’t ready.)
7. We finished moving out (and cleaning) by Saturday night, and they did the walkthrough Sunday morning. We went back to the house Sunday evening to take the trash out (from Saturday) and say goodbye to the house. We walked in, moved through to the dining room, and hey! Someone gave us a big TV, some boxes, a child’s easel, and a pair of longhorns mounted on a big plaque. Yes, they took advantage of the walkthrough to move some things into the house they didn’t own yet.
Well, they own it now, and we’re 100% done with them. Or we’ll be 100% done when the check clears. We had a celebratory dinner tonight of pie and champagne.
Bring on Phase Two!