An awfully big adventure ahead, hope us navigate
October 17, 2013 11:13 AM Subscribe
Husband just landed a new job a few hundred miles away. We now have to pack, sell our house, get him out there while I stay behind and finish up, and still care for a 9 month old. My head is about to explode.
Multiple questions and we don't know what we don't know, so give us some insight. I know this isn't at all uncommon, but it's new to us.
posted by MayNicholas to home & garden (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
HR is going to go over details of the relocation package later today, so not sure what to expect from them.
On our end:
Are PODS or other container moving/ storage containers worth the cost (if not covered)? The other option would be to leave everything in the house until we sell, but our house is small as it is, so I don't know how much that would turn off buyers.
Can you negotiate a discount with a realtor agency of you use them at both ends? Obviously we couldn't use the same realtor (300 miles apart).
How do you manage to pack and care for an infant alone? He isn't mobile and is usually happy to sit and play with his toys, but I would feel a little neglectful. I assume husband will have to go on ahead, so I'll be here dealing with this end.
Rent vs buy when we get there. I loath moving. The thought of renting for 6 months to 1 year while we get to know the area just to have to move again hurts my soul. I would love to hear pros and cons on both.
Here are our thoughts right now until we know more about the relo package.
The thought is we load up a POD and have everything shipped down there and pay for storage. Husband can live with a friend if company doesn't provide temporary housing assistance, and I could take baby and move a couple of hours away to live with my parents until our house sells. We leave our house empty and let our realtor get to work.
Or we could get a POD type container and leave it here on sight, filter out a bunch of stuff so our house is 'staged', half packed, and less cluttered. But if we do that, how do I keep the house spotless with baby and animals? And what do you do when someone does want to look at the house? Just pack up the dog and kid (leave the kitties to fend for themselves) and park down the street?
At least we would know how much cash we would get from the sale and there is no telling how long it would take to sell. We don't have much equity because we just purchased it 3 years ago. It would suck being apart, but at least we wouldn't be paying rent (assuming storage isn't too pricey) and mortgage. Once the house does sell, then we search for a house at the new location.
What are we missing?