And just like that, we say goodbye to working on the house that, for a while, felt like we would never finish.
We rinsed out our brushes, took all the painters tape off, rolled up the pressure washer, rang out the rags, swept the floors, mopped them, turned off the lights and locked the door. We are finished with the flip house and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s starting to sink in that, pretty soon (hopefully), this home will no longer be ours to come and go as we please. We hope that whoever buys this house next loves it as much as we have the last four years and appreciates how special it is.
The only frustrating part of this whole thing is that the house is so much nicer than it was when we lived here, haha. We keep saying how we wish it looked like this during our time here, but such is life. The thing is, we never planned on only living in this house for a year and a half when we bought it. We always said we’d probably be there at least five years, at a minimum, and after we spent six months renovating it, there was nowhere else we wanted to be than in this home every night for the foreseeable future.
But, life happens, and when the opportunity came up to buy back Thomas’ childhood home, we couldn’t say no. We spent six months renovating that house, too, and ultimately made the decision to move into it once we finished and we haven’t looked back since. Though the flip house has a much a bigger lot (just over an acre!) compared to our house (squeezed in between two houses in the middle of town), where we live now is our ideal location, at least for the time being. There are pros and cons to both houses and there are always things we wished we would have done differently, but we feel good about selling the flip house and looking ahead for what it will mean for our future.
For a few very short days, we actually considered moving BACK into the flip house and just selling our house. Isn’t that crazy? Again, there are pros and cons to both homes, but in the end we’re really happy in our house now and, while we’ll miss the flip house, we’ll miss the memories made there more. After all, it’s just a house, and as long as there’s a roof over our heads and a place to sleep, it doesn’t really matter where it is, you know?
PS: this photo popped up on our Facebook saying we posted it four years ago today. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, no It’s funny how after all these years we’re still working on the flip house. But not anymore :).