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UPDATE; Over the next month my family is moving across the country to a new home. Please enjoy a variety of guest articles from top notch bloggers and sponsors. Also, catch up with earlier favorites from Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance.

“Are you having fun yet?” my realtor asked 4 days before the  movers arrive and a day after my printer decided to stop working.

At the risk of becoming a bit of a whiner, let me say that, moving is a lot of work.


By the time you read this I will probably be on the road traveling to our final destination.

Just thought I’d give you an update on how things are going with our gigantic move across the land.

We sold our home rather quickly after lowering the price $10,000 to the exact amount our next door neighbor’s home SOLD FOR. We got a lower price than the neighbors even though our home had more upgrades. That’s okay because the real estate market valuations have fallen in the past year.

It has taken almost 3 months to get our purchase offer accepted on our new home. Welcome to the new world of  “short sale” real estate.

Our belongings now will go directly to two storage rooms at our new location.

Of course, we need to hire additional movers to move our stuff from storage to our home.

As I write , we still arpart one of this article we not totally packed. The movers are coming in a day and a half. The next day we will settle the sale of our existing home. Then off for a few weeks to my parents condo while we wait for our loan to go through and settlement arranged on our new place.

Are we having fun yet?

Surprisingly, it’s fun to take a break from work and hang out with El Carino.

It’s fun to challenge myself to move quickly and not obsess over taking every nail out of the wall or eating every last crumb out of the refrigerator. (I’m always working on that pesky perfectionism 🙂 )

It’s fun to know I have some wonderful blogging friends who are writing guest articles for me during this stressful time.

The Settlement

As I mentioned previously, we had some unexpected surprises at the settlement. Of course, this means MORE MONEY out of our pocket.

So, prepared as I am, I wrote out the high 3 figure check to the purchaser, to get us out of the meeting and on to the next phase of our journey.

Immediately after the meeting, we drove to our temporary headquarters, my parent’s home, to wait for our loan approval on our new condo.


We are extremely lucky to be able to hang out at my folks until our new loan comes through even though they have NO INTERNET.

My daily conversations with the loan officer in our new land results in reams of paperwork going from the FedEx Kinko’s right to his inbox.

The estimate of our loan acceptance ranges from one month to three. To recap, we are purchasing a “short sale” condo. Even though our credit is great, we have no negative marks in any area, the banks have gone insane since the mortgage meltdown. Perfect buyers like us, are not “perfect enough.”

Today, our belongings are arriving in the storage rooms in our new city. Of course that didn’t go without a hitch either as yesterday I was informed that we needed “insurance” for our contents. So, after a quick call to the insurance company, I lined up some coverage which was a bit better than the $2,500.00 coverage offered by the storage company :).

As we wrap up week two, we have become regulars at Barnes and Noble’s internet cafe, gotten in some swimming and tennis at the folks condo and are doing a lot of work the old fashioned way; snail mail and the phone.

I’ll keep you posted as the saga continues.

(Remember, this is not posted in real time, so hopefully by the time you read this we will be on the road!)

Enjoy these stress reduction articles  from personal finance bloggers (I certainly need them)

Have you made a big move? What were some of your trials and tribulations?

image credit; faddoush


  1. One of my obstacles was fining out that there was no insulation between floors on the condo unit we were renting. My husband came first and spent most of the night walking across the floor and putting furniture together. The next day the tenants below us told him how loud he was walking…

    The landlord knew about this problem and still rented the condo to us with 3 young boys…they never quietly walked across the floor.

    Super Frugalette

    July 22, 2011

  2. Glad to hear that you’re keeping sane! Fingers crossed the next few weeks go very smoothly for you!

    Harri @ TotallyMoney

    July 22, 2011

  3. That is quite something to move across country! What was the reason for the move?

    Invest It Wisely

    July 22, 2011

  4. @Super, I am not surprised. He was probably happy to have you as a tenant and once you are moved in… oh well, you’re stuck!

    Barb Friedberg

    July 22, 2011

  5. @Harri-Thanks for the finger crossing… we need all the help we can get!!
    @Invest-Moving due to new job for El Carino!!

    Barb Friedberg

    July 22, 2011

  6. As this article is live today, we are not on the road yet but expecting to spend a week more at the folks! So much for planning!

    Barb Friedberg

    July 22, 2011

  7. We moved across country (NJ to CA) in 1971. The company I joined moved us so it was almost stress free. It was a huge move that meant a lifestyle change. Even local moving (from house to house) can be a big deal. The good news is before you know it, everything is put away and you are comfortable again. It is an adventure!


    July 22, 2011

    • @Krantcents-I know it is time limited and soon it will just be a memory!!! Thanks for the encouragement. As we get closer to our start date for the cross country journey, I am beginning to get more excited!!!


      July 22, 2011

  8. This actually sounds like a very exciting time in your life (if not a bit hectic). The furthest I’ve personally moved was about about ~500 miles north from Southern CA to the Bay Area. But have been thinking lately of heading to Austin to check things out. I know you’ve already moved most of your belongings over but one thing that worked very well for me was to simple toss a lot of things that I didnt really need and kept the move from apts to apts light. I think the basic principal still holds pretty true: if its been stored away for more than a year, you probably don’t need the thing.

    One of the worst mistake I made was during the last move, I got a small storage unit to “temporarily” keep some stuff around, just in case I move back in the area… what was suppose to be a few months ended up being over a year -_-


    July 23, 2011

  9. When I was in eighth grade, my parents moved us from the Midwest to Arizona and I still remember the excitement. We only stayed for a couple of years.

    It will be a huge milestone marker in your lives.

    As for me, I swore to never move again unless we sell EVERYTHING and get all new stuff in the new place.

  10. @Dealzon, It is really exciting. And we are about to rent a storage unit as well!! It is noted that you warned us…. but we have no basement, yikes.
    @Marie-We sold/donated tons of stuff, but we still have plenty left. Fortunately, lots of our stuff is books!!! (WE are a bit old school!) El Carino is a big time academic.


    July 23, 2011

  11. Good luck with your big move Barb. We are getting ready to move about 3 hours away in a couple of weeks. I’m not sure what’s worse: packing, unpacking or trying to figure out what you can pack now and what has to wait till the last minute!

    I hope it all goes smoothly for you and that you find yourselves settled as soon as possible.

    Balance Junkie

    July 23, 2011

  12. Moving across the country sounds pretty intimidating! Based on what I read about you, I’m sure you planned it all out well though!

    I’m glad you are looking at the moving process in a positive light! I hope it all goes smoothly!!!

    Thanks for the mentions!

    Money Reasons

    July 24, 2011

  13. Thankfully you’re a positive person, Barb. Moving across country would be quite trying (my husband would never survive it. 😉 ). It sounds exciting, exhilarating, and scary all at the same time. At least you have Barnes and Nobles at your disposal and your parents are being great sports. Can’t wait to hear you’re successfully moved!

    Little House

    July 24, 2011

  14. @BAlance-Good luck with your move. 3 hours away is still a challenge! We can compare notes when it’s all over 🙂
    @Money-I’m chuckling, sure I planned it out great. We were to start our cross country trip on July 1. Now, we are hoping to start next week end. (Best laid plans and all 🙂 )


    July 24, 2011

  15. @Little House- Yes to exciting, exhilarating and trying. Luckily the folks have been awesome sports!!!! I think there is actually a light at the end of the tunnel.


    July 24, 2011

  16. Sorry to hear about the hiccups, but it seems like you’ve bounced back nicely. What a cross country adventure. Safe travels and keep us posted!

    Buck Inspire

    July 25, 2011

  17. Hi Buck, We are trying to keep positive and moving forward. Fortunately, we are leaving next week, so things are finally moving along a bit!


    July 25, 2011

  18. Barb, I just love your positive attitude! Some people would freak out with the added stress of two moves, no internet and waiting for the loan to be approved but you manage to find the silver lining. You inspire me, and I hope you enjoy your little hiatus and that all goes well with this transition.

  19. Seems like a very stressful week indeed, yet exciting in a way. Moving entails a lot of energy and in most situations, one may have difficulty finding the fun factor behind it all. It is what it is and the least thing we could do is to have fun, right?

    dallas mortgage lender

    November 7, 2011

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