We have been home for a week now, and I still feel wiped out from the trip! We were traveling for more then 24 hours by the time we got back from Peru to the house, and I wasn’t feeling amazing for a few days from a migraine that I had gotten our last full day in Peru (I’m pretty sure it was a combo altitude/exhaustion migraine, it was the worst I have ever had and knocked me flat on my booty!)
Right now we are panic project finishing in the house in order to be able to put it on the market, we are tearing apart my studio so that the carpet fitters can come measure tomorrow and put carpet down there this week, and then we are moving the kid’s playroom into the studio as a family room and then turning the playroom back into a 4th bedroom. We spent the last few days landscaping and painting the exterior trim on the porch, and now the curb appeal on the house is looking great! We are considering paying someone to pressure wash the porch and driveway though, as according to Ross Property Service pressure washing is a “very effective approach to maintaining the aesthetics of many of the vertical and horizontal surfaces” of a home. It’s true that you don’t actually notice how dirty and discoloured these surfaces are until they have been properly cleaned. We have also taken the advice of our friends, who found a company offering window cleaning in Toronto to come and clean their windows before any viewings, and booked a window cleaner.
I need to take pictures before I start dismantling everything……… sigh, the worst part of moving for me is making the house pretty for other people to have. However, that’s usually the way that selling a house works. Potential buyers want a home that they can move right into, so that’s why we’ve been doing all of this work to try and get the home to a good standard. One of my friends said that I should consider changing the siding on the house too before we put it up for sale. Currently, ours is a bit old, so it might be worth doing that. We’d just need to find an experienced siding contractor and then the house should look beautiful from the outside. The curb appeal is coming along nicely, so hopefully, we’ve added some more value to the property.
My sweet sister is coming into town on the 13th to help pack some of our stuff, and help me drive to AZ on the 17th, so I have to get everything done so that I can wave goodbye to the house then.
Anyway, on a more happy note, I am going to leave you with a picture that we had taken on mother’s day, (this is the first time in my family that we have had all 4 generations of girls together). Numerous families often have to use sites like https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/census/1930-records to find their 4th, 5th, or even 6th generations but luckily for me, my family tree is quite close, and have kept in touch with one another, we are family after all. My Gramma is from South Africa and came to town with my mom for my graduation, and to watch our kids while we were in Peru; her being here was the first time she has met my kids, and one of my major goals was to document the occasion! My gramma is the main reason I sew (she used to make me unpick everything that wasn’t perfect!) and I have missed her so much over the last 11 years while she has been between her American visits! I’m having this image made into a canvas for the new house, I love it so much!