Giving you a glimpse into our busy life at the moment. Yes, we are moving! Not back to Utah, or California, or even out of state for that matter. In fact, we are even staying in the "Austin metro-area” to the city of Georgetown about 30 miles north of Austin. We love Austin way too much to ever leave the area. But have always wanted to venture more north where we have always seen ourselves having a more permanent home. Don’t get me wrong, I have loved our home. And I anticipated living in it for far more than just a year. But sometimes, life takes your in different directions. And even though you aren’t quite sure why yet, sometimes you just have to roll with it and have faith that it’s happening for a reason and eventually everything always works itself out. And it truly has for us.
Our relocation and home search has been ..well..and uphill battle. At one point, we contemplated just ditching the whole idea to move and staying put until things felt right again. But spoiler alert, after months of trying to figure it all out, we have found what we feel to be the perfect home for us.
Ok. I know you’re probably still wondering why we wanted to move in the first place. Thinking “wait..didn’t they just purchase the home they’re in!”
Those are valid thoughts. And trust me..my mind has gone there too. I don’t really have a real valid reason for why we decided to move. Honestly, it came as a complete surprise to me when Johnny brought up the idea. “What are you thinking? Why would we do that? We just got here! That’s silly.” It’s true. I wasn’t on board and I wasn’t convinced. But sometimes, that’s just how things work out. When you’re least expecting them. At the time, (around late December) Johnny just felt like it was something we should pursue? House prices in the Austin area were and still are skyrocketing. And although we were in love with our home, we most certainly were not in love with the area. Traffic was getting crazy and we didn’t NEED to be close to downtown anymore because both our jobs take us all over the place anyways. Johnny didn’t want to get stuck. I didn’t want to get stuck. So I entertained the idea. I’ll fast forward a bit in case this is getting boring...
We looked at new builds in Georgetown back in early February. They were perfect. Well...seemed perfect. The area, the floor plan, the price. Was it too good to be true? Well, yes. Kind of. We almost pulled the trigger on this new build even going as far as putting a deposit down and picking out our lot. Until we got our realtor involved and the contract and builder were found to be..well unreliable. And after all, if we were going to move, we wanted this home to be "foreverish" It was something we should have looked more closely at, but hadn't. Because well, it had felt so right?! Long story short. We backed out of the house, and dodged a major bullet. We looked into a more reputable builder. But the floor plans, the location, just wasn’t as ideal. We couldn’t find anything we LOVED. After going back and forth, weighing our options (like we always try to do), we felt good enough about 1 particular floor plan..(that was quite a bit out of our price range) but we liked it so much we were going to make it work no matter what. We went as far as putting down another deposit to secure out price and spot. But had to back out AGAIN because of its contingency rules stated in its contract. That just meant, we had to step back from the home search (for now), get our house list ready, and ready to sell. Before we could really do anything else. After a couple weeks preparing our home to be photographed and listed, we sold our house! In just 2 days of being in the market! 2 buyers came to look and they both put and offer the following day. We ended up getting FULL asking price for our home. We couldn’t have asked for anything better! Finally, something was falling into place. We sold our home so fast, this move had to be meant to be?! As we started our search again, we thought, maybe new build isn’t the way to go. So we looked into established, existing homes. Ugh, none that we saw did it for us. Nothing was perfect. Now what. Now, we were on a little bit of a time crunch. Our home had sold (way faster than anticipated) and we needed to be out by April 30th.
Well, we went back to square one! Looked into more floor plans from the reputable builder, this time lowering our budget quite a bit. And in doing so, we found a floor plan we had never seen before. It was perfect. Everything we wanted/needed.
Phew what a relief!
Now.. we are SO excited!! After months of going back and forth. Doubting our search and doubting why we even wanted to move in the first place. It all started to fall into place. More than we could have even imagined actually. We are moving to our dream location. A smaller, quainter town, close to shopping centers and groceries.
The only downside. Our new home won’t be completed until October. And if you’ll notice before, I had said that we need to be out of our house by the end of this month. So, we had to check another thing off our list. We found a beautiful, 1 bedroom apartment in Georgetown to move into for the next 6 months. Not completely ideal..but we are thinking of it as “living at a resort for a few months." And after all, it is our only option to get us where we ultimately want to be. I truly know everything is working out how it’s supposed to and we are so excited for our future in Georgetown, Texas!
And if I can give any advice from all of this...it's to trust the process! Even when things seem to fall apart. Be patient and if you follow your gut, everything will work out!