In a past blog, titled Change, Change, Change, I cited the reason for our family’s move in June of 2011 from Florissant, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, to Rolla, MO. I ended that blog by stating that I would write more about our adventure in selling our house in Florissant and as the late Paul Harvey would say, here’s “the rest of the story.” We immediately contacted a real estate agent, the one who had helped us find the house we now had to sell. He walked through our house and suggested how to make a house with 6 kids, 2 adults, and 1 dog look like a house that no one had ever lived in before! Fortunately, a good friend from our church loved to paint, and he agreed to do all of the interior repainting jobs that needed to be done: the basement/kids domain, 2 bedrooms, dining room, inside the large coat closet,a pantry closet, and the master bathroom. Another gentleman from our church owned a carpet/flooring installation business and he and his team did a superb job at re-carpeting the dining room and the living room. The basement carpet was still in good shape, it only needed to be cleaned, and, you guessed it, another friend from church owned a carpet cleaning business so he got that job. Lastly, some minor plumbing issues had to be dealt with, and a plumbing friend did that exceptionally well. My advice is that when you have to prep a house in order to sell it, having friends with specific home improvement skills is a must! After all of these cosmetic changes were done, and I had scubbed every inch of the place, the yards had been mowed and looked great, our house finally looked like no one had ever breathed or exhaled in it. Now it was time for St. Louis County’s Inspector to view our house and make his evaluation on what codes we might need to update to. I have since decided that county codes, or perhaps its federal codes, are tinkered with and changed on a monthly basis! Fortunately, we only had to install one outlet cover that was inside a lower cupboard, and have the roof redone in one tiny area. Those items were soon dealt with and the house was ready for the market by August 1st. The first few “serious” bidders put down bids that were so ridiculously low that we might as well have said this house is free! Just come on in and take it! We soon learned that in a depressed economy, the house selling market was all in the the buyers favor. Buyers could waltz in with ridiculous bids, they could make extra demands to be added to the contracts that weren’t thought of asking for when the house selling market was in better shape. After several more trips back and forth between Rolla and Florissant, to check on the house, mow the lawns, pick up large sticks that had rained down on the property when a wind storm had blown through, we had a buyer, in November. At first, the buyer’s deal with the mortgage company fell apart but providentially, he really wanted to buy our house so he called our real estate agent for advice. Our agent was able to steer him to some better mortgage companies than the buyer had first decided to work with and by late Jan. 2012, our house had finally sold. My husband and I felt like a great weight had been lifted off of our shoulders, and now we could pursue buying a new home in Rolla. After a few weeks of searching, we found a large, Colonial styled home, inside the city limits, very close to our church, the high school, the junior high, and neighborhood kids were there too, readily available to come over to play with the younger 3 kids in our house. Now that we’ve been settled in our home, I can look back and know that all of the work, the packing, the unpacking, the repacking, the moves, the unpacking once more, it has all been quite worth it.