The problem with selling up and moving house

My dear friends, I have a question for you. Have you ever tried selling a family home and moving house? Emphasis is on the word family.

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Hopefully we’ll be moving house soon because the constant tidying and house viewings are getting tedious.

I know, I know, over recent weeks the subject has crept up quite frequently on this lil’ blog. I make no apologies, the whole situation is dominating family life at the moment.

We’re now several weeks into the process of selling and hope we will be moving house soon. Even so,I don’t mind admitting I’m finding it rather draining. One thing is proving very difficult indeed: Keeping the house tidy.

We’ve had a huge number of people through the doors to our house since it went on the market. Viewings have mostly taken place on Saturdays, but we’ve had a smattering of mid-week appointments too.

I am constantly chasing after the kids, picking up toys, putting paper in the recycling. I am forever cleaning. It wouldn’t, after all, look hugely appealing to any potential buyer if I left the sink splattered with toothpaste following the morning bathroom rush that occours before the school run.

Mrs Adams and I are equally to blame. Dirty laundry is frequently left lying on the floor along with towels.

It is also eating into our weekends. Viewings on Saturdays tend to be back-to-back for a couple of hours so we are bundling up the kids out the door and killing time elsewhere while the estate agent does their thing. Doing this week in, week out is proving a bit tiring.

The last time we bought and sold a house, Izzy hadn’t been born and Helen was a baby. I know this will sound bizarre to anyone who has a newborn, but babies are actually quite tidy.

They have their change station, they have a gym to play with, maybe a few large, wooden or plastic toys and that’s it. This stuff is all quite easy to keep in one place when selling a house.

School-aged children are in a different league. They have pens, pencils, felt-tips and they do lots of drawing. All the artwork has to be left somewhere, generally strewn across the house along with a huge number of soft toys. They have coats and shoes, all of which need to be put away.

I do feel sorry for the kids. They’re getting constant reminders from Mrs Adams and I about keeping the house tidy and this must be very dull for them.

I can’t tell you that we’re the tidiest family in the world, but we aren’t that bad. The house hasn’t been that untidy. I just think the pressure to keep the place presentable at all times is proving a bit of a strain.

I seem to recall when we bought this house I made some comment about not wanting to move for a very, very long time. We’ve managed seven-ish years.

That’s the longest I’ve stayed in one place since I first left home at the age of 19. Knowing what it’s like to move with family, I’m thinking we may be empty-nesters before we move again. The way I feel today, I certainly hope that’s the case.

 

 

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11 Comments

  1. March 12, 2018 / 8:05 am

    I sympathise John I have spent my life moving not staying very long in one place. This is close to longest I have been anywhere. Will I move again not if I have my way but who knows. It is very tiring, hope it’s all sorted quickly and you are all in a new family home soon.

  2. Rob
    March 12, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    We moved just before Christmas. It was pretty stressful with a dog and 2 kids and over a long distance. Even though we found a house and accepted an offer on ours quite quickly, the whole thing seems to take far too long and can still go wrong after much investment of time and cash!
    It seemed a shame that we only got our old place properly up together to sell it – finishing off all the bits and pieces that had been left for a few years!

    John, it sounds as if you are getting a lot of viewings. If you aren’t getting offers for the house, perhaps it’s worth making sure the agent is being a bit more selective with the potential buyers? If people are viewing, surely many of them would be thinking they might want to buy the house – what’s the issue. Doesn’t sound that it’s due to the place being a mess as you are all on the case with this…

    Anyway, good luck with it all. I look forward to hearing about progress.
    Cheers,
    Rob

  3. September 11, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Very well composed. Your blog was very helpful, we all are aware of the dificulties we face with moving be it for domestic or commercial purpose. And so hiring good removal company is very important.

    • John Adams
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 10:04 am

      I’m delighted to hear my article proved useful. Do come back to the blog in future.

  4. February 1, 2019 / 3:55 am

    I may see many helpful posts in your blog..and this is also a good one. Thanks for your time on articles like this. Keep working hard! I will be back to check out new update …

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 2, 2019 / 6:25 am

      Thanks Jim and please do come back again. Your positive feedback is appreciated.

  5. March 11, 2019 / 10:55 am

    Thank You For the information you gave that. Recently I moved my house with the help of prime packers and movers in thane they give the best service

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 15, 2019 / 6:18 am

      Very glad to hear it and I hope the move went smoothly.

  6. March 12, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Keeping your house clean is definitely challenging especially with kids you really have to make a schedule and maintain the cleanliness. Awesome blog and thanks for sharing your experience.

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 15, 2019 / 6:16 am

      My pleasure and persuading young children to keep the house tidy is indeed a challenge when sellingup! Thanks for stopping by and do visit again.

  7. April 10, 2019 / 11:37 am

    Selling a house is a mind-blowing activity. You have loved the place and built various memories and selling it makes us sad. Selling the house and moving out is stressful based on my experience.