Five Things I Learned From Buying/Selling a House

  1. Selling is the best! For as much as I will miss my old house, the neighbors and the neighborhood, it’s a relief to have sold it. Because…
  2. Buying is the best! Even though the processes of buying (can you say “red tape and hoop-jumping”?) and moving suck, it is so exciting that we now own this awesome house! Thank you* to the many people who worked so hard for this to come together.
  3. Buy/Sell a House, Kill a Tree (or two). Holy moly, you would not believe how much paperwork is involved with the undertaking, in triplicate.
  4. What’s worse? Getting boxes, packing boxes, moving boxes, unpacking boxes, or disposing of boxes? Yes.
  5. After only five days in the new place, the most important thing I have learned is this:
    I am home.


Thank you: Zach, Elizabeth Wirsing, Scott Becker, John Corneille, Two Men & a Truck, Bubba from Schwan’s, friends and family for your support and patience while I obsessed over my new crush and complained about packing, and especially Dave who still loves me despite all my stuff.

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Bonus lesson: It’s fully light by 5:30 a.m. I did not know that. But thanks to sheer blinds, I know now! (Top of the to-do list: window treatments.)

And it might as well stay chilly until I’ve earned (unpacked) a spot by the pool. That’s mighty fine incentive, if you ask me.


About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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10 Responses to Five Things I Learned From Buying/Selling a House

  1. Sending a great big CONGRATULATIONS, to you and Dave! This home looks amazing! Hoping to see more of it as you journey through the adjustment process! Much love to you!

  2. Great post! Husband and I are moving down south in July. I’m already experiencing the packing and selling of the house. I can’t wait to get to the buying. I think that will be more fun. 🙂


    • I think house-hunting is a lot of fun! That’s how I came upon this gem, was out looking with my kids for a place for them. You’ll have to keep your reading audience updated on your adventures!

  3. What a gorgeous place to relax, write, art, nap, etc.! Congrats!

  4. Karna Tecla says:

    Love the front of the house and the pool. Want pictures of the rest when you get organized.

  5. lisa reily says:

    Congrats on your move, Mary!

  6. Congratulations! When’s the pool party?

  7. Pingback: Five Things I learned from my Writer’s Retreat | Mary Lamphere

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