We were driving home from an open house when he turned to me with a knowing grin on his face and said, "It feels good to be looking at houses again, doesn't it?"
When I noticed he had bookmarked a mortgage calculator online, the diagnosis was confirmed.
We have moved every two years (or sooner) out of the past six, primarily to take advantage of the tax-free capital gain on residential properties. We can profit in two years because we've bought the houses below market value and added improvements along the way.
Our two-year mark arrives in April. The baby arrives in June.
Now we're left with more questions than answers: When? Where? How? We like to sell our home before buying another, so we know exactly how much money we can spend on the new one.
We have always moved ourselves with U-Hauls and dollies and me on one end of the sofa. Obviously that strategy won't work this spring. We still have a bit more thinking to do!
Either way, I need to begin preparing my house for resale. Showing a home is much different than living in a home.
I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve to make it look like Martha Stewart lives here and (subconsciously) the buyer will, too, after once glance at my laundry room.
Would you like to see some photos and how-to's as I "redesign" the house for resale this spring?