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Saying Goodbye: First Time Home-Seller Reflections

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Well, the time has come my story-book house on Garrison Road…

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It’s been almost 6 years since I took the plunge and bought my first house. A young twenty-something with delusions of home-ownership grandeur.

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I started a website in 2005 about all of my crazy projects, and kicked it off by talking about how to get rid of that where’s-the-dead-body smell from your new house.

I lived through a waterfall that spanned 3 floors of my house.

I embarked upon a number of crazy projects, such as…

It’s been, um, fun. Instructional. Exhausting. Awesome.

There was a time where I thought I’d spend many more years living on Garrison Road. And then I met a guy who flirted with me and then convinced me to move to the country.

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And so, here we are. Sunday I turned over the keys to that awesome couple from Florida who bought the house on Garrison Road, and who I hope will create wonderful memories in their new home.

The first rule of ownership should always be to leave the house in better shape than you found it in… even though that doesn’t happen as much as it should. Still, how’d I do?

Old Living Room

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New Living Room

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Old Kitchen

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New Kitchen

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Old Nook

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New Nook

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Old Basement

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New Basement

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Old Office

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New Office

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Old Half-Bath

Basement Bath- floor up

New Half-Bath

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Old Basement Hall

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New Basement Hall

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Old Back Yard

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New Back Yard

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And the room I just may miss the most…

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Guess which room I’m going to finish in the new house first? I’m just sayin’… life isn’t worth living without a bathtub to sink into after a long day.

But in order to reach that glorious day when my very own master bath will be finished, there had to be some sacrifices. And one of them was saying good-bye to the house on Garrison Road.

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It was a good six years little old house. I hope the next six–and sixty– are just as awesome.

And while it was a little hard to walk out the door of my first house for the last time, on my way home to the country I had a feeling that things were going to work out just right.

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    Comments

  • Nicole


    WOW! Those are some awesome changes.

    I can only imagine how hard it is to leave such a labor of love behind. Good luck in the new digs.

  • Kate R


    You did awesome! I guess I didn’t realize you were only there 6 years. That’s an amazing amount of work in that short time.

  • patti


    you did an amazing job and now someone else is going to have great memories in the house that you DIY’D.

  • meryl rose


    You definitely left it better than before and the new owners will LOVE you for it! Great post! Happy new memory starting at your new digs!

  • Erin J


    I love your Garrison house. It is the kind of house fairytales are made of… but fairy tales never end in a house like that – they only begin there. So happy for you and Mystery Man in your new home endeavor! The Memorial house is looking a lot better these days with your creative touch and hard-working hands!

  • wanderluster


    Awesome transformation – but that was just practice for all the DIY goodness happening out in the country. Goodbye Garrison, you were well loved!

  • carrie @ brick city love


    That was a GREAT first house. You did just an awesome job with it.

  • Rebecca


    One question, Oh Great Master of the Renovation!

    WHERE on EARTH did you get all the money to do that?!?!? LOL

    Oh wait, you live in Florida. I live in New York. Ahhhhso, I see now.

    You did a beautiful job. That pergola is honking gorgeous.

  • kitliz


    Rebecca – I actually lived in Toledo, OH – and house there is about 10 times cheaper than in Florida or NY. Also, I DIYed almost everything, which saves big bucks. Every year my tax return and any money I saved went towards a big project like the pergola!

  • Mom Taxi Julie


    Awww your old house was so cute! You did a great job fixing it up! Can’t wait to see everything else you do to the new place.

  • Jackie Craven


    Congratulations and good cheer. When I think of selling my old house, my eyes tear up. I know the time will come, but still. It’s. So. Hard.

  • lilly


    diva,
    you are my inspiration.
    i’m brazilian and i love your blog!
    hugs
    lilly

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