A real estate agent who we probably will hire is pushing for Plan B for the move. Actually she has two ideas on the table which further complicates matters.
The first plan is that I should pack up and the kids and I should move out by July 1. We should rent an apartment, condo or small home (because that's affordable) in Texas and leave. After we are gone we should replace some carpet and paint some walls and ceilings and do other small home repairs so the house looks closer to perfect. Then list the house and begin showing it.
Although it is said a home with furniture shows better than one without it we have a challenge in that it will be hard for me to live with two messy teens who eat constantly, and keep the litter box cleaned up after two cats, and to live our normal lives while doing the redecorating then later to show the house in great condition. To just move our stuff around in order to paint ceilings will be difficult and more time consuming for the workers. We are trying to beat the clock to get the house on the market ASAP to get a buyer in before the school year starts, which is actually just two and a half months away.
After considering this for almost a week, we have decided we are probably going to do that. If nothing else it gets us back together as a family.
Her second idea involved finding a home on the market to sell and to propose to the buyer that we rent it for a year then if we like it enough and like that area we'd buy it, and not move twice. The challenge with that is that in addition to decluttering and packing and winding up the year-end activities we have I'd have to house shop for something that is 1700 miles away. How does one do that?
Now instead of just decluttering my house to make it look nicer for showing I am also packing. I'm not just packing, I'm making decisions on what to pack to use in an apartment for the next six months (at least) versus what can be put into a storage facility for future use (i.e. the formal dining room furniture, the china, the crystal, extra homeschool books and so forth).
My current challenge is to do a good job with labeling the boxes so I know what is where and whether the box goes to the apartment or into storage.
I have booked a flight to Houston to visit my husband in June (leaving the kids with relatives and friends in Connecticut). I'm going to have four days to house hunt and apartment hunt. I hope to leave with a sense of which Houston area I'd like to live in permanently, based on the appeal of the area visually (i.e. I need trees), garden-potential, commute time and what parks and other things are available.
So, we'll see what happens when I'm in Texas later this month!