Prepping a house to sell is so much work!

We spent a few solid weeks prepping our house to list on the market. We ate, slept, and breathed house prep. I felt like a walking zombie most days.

Here’s a fun video I created showing all the outside prep we had to do before our house sold:

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I have been really into making little videos lately to accommodate my blog posts, I hope you like them as much as I have! Here is my HOH channel if you’d like to view all my videos.

As you noticed in the video, we painted the outside of the house, powerwashed the driveway, and had a new roof put on!

We hired our awesome handyman neighbor to come paint the house. He started by taping off all the windows and deck…

And then went to town with his paint sprayer. It was mesmerizing to watch.

We rented a power washer from the local tool rental place and spent two full days powerwashing everything in sight. Nothing was off limits (though I didn’t take pictures of most of it. Doh!)

We gave the driveway and the back deck a thorough washing and they both were looking pretty fly afterward.

The biggest thing we did to sell our house was have the entire roof replaced. Fortunately our insurance paid for it, but it was still pretty stressful to manage that on top of everything else!

We also hired a septic company to come out and pump out and assess the septic system. Fortunately the tank was in great condition and no other work was needed. Whew!

Pumping out a septic tank is a shitty job; fortunately someone else did it for me!

In addition to all the outside work that had to be completed, we also sent loads and loads of trash to the dump. Bribing the garbage men with cash and soda may or may not have ensured they took all our trash week after week. 😉

I was the worst photo taker during these several weeks, so I don’t have many pictures to show what all we did in the house, but I did manage to scrounge this one up from my phone… I learned how to replace broken glass, and we also had several window sills replaced and painted.

On top of all the throwing away and hauling off to the local donation place, we also sold and sold, and sold some more. We sold so much stuff on Craigslist, and even more on Facebook and to family and friends.

We moved using a POD storage container, so we pretty much sold most furniture we owned, and probably purged at least half our other belongings. It will be fun to shop for new stuff now for the new house!

I made a cool video on our other youtube channel showing how PODS drops off and picks up their storage containers. It was the coolest thing, and I geeked out so much over it that I grabbed the camera and started filming. I’m an amateur videographer so try not to get too dizzy watching it. haha.

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Only two more days until we close on the new house and then I can show you all the pictures!!!!!!!!!!

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Our temporary housing video tour at Towneplace Suites Marriott

We sold our Austin home a week and a half ago, but we don’t close on the new Colorado home for another week and a half, so basically we are totally homeless at the moment.

It’s been a tad stressful to say the least! Fortunately though, we do have an extended stay hotel we are staying in.

We are staying at the Towneplace Suites by Marriott. There are two main reasons we went with Towneplace Suites: 1) they allow pets, and 2) they are suites, so our room is more like a teeny tiny two bedroom apartment than an actual hotel.

In addition to being in the equivalent of a small 2 bedroom apartment, we also have a great view! Isn’t this amazing?

I will never grow tired of those mountains.

I thought it would be fun to do a video walk through of our hotel room so you guys can see what a two bedroom extended stay suite looks like. Plus I added cheesy background music, so it should be entertaining enough to watch.

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The final walk through of our Texas country home

As I mentioned yesterday, we moved a few days ago to Boulder, Colorado. I know, pinch me. I’m still trying to process this. Is this real life?

Our cute little Austin, TX house in the county is now owned by a new family. Sniff.

As I’m sure any long time reader remembers, this was supposed to be our forever home. We were NEVER moving. Never, ever, ever, ever getting back together moving. Like, ever. (Sorry ’bout that. I swear, Taylor just gets stuck in your head at the most inopportune times.) But you know what happens when you say you are NEVER doing something? The universe laughs at you and her #1 mission then becomes to make that “never” an “absolutely you are for sure doing this”. And then she sits back and enjoys the pandemonium.

So here we are, sitting in a hotel in Colorado waiting to close on our next house. As blindsided as we were buy the sudden turn of events, we are thrilled to death to be here and we are NEVER moving again. (“JUST KIDDING, Universe! LOL Don’t listen to me! I’m totally open to whatever you throw at me. Bring it on.”) But seriously, this better be my forever home at least until both kids are graduated and moved out.

Okay so let’s just get down to business, shall we? I am about to share with you the much anticipated, final before and after pictures of our country house. I am such a huge sucker for some good ol’ before and afters. I’ve got a bunch of them, so grab a cup of joe and hunker down because you are in for the long haul here.

Living Room AFTER:


The living and dining areas received fresh paint (Stucco by Sherwin Williams), big fat chunky baseboards, and brand new hardwood floors. We also updated the ceiling fan and light fixtures, and lowered the counter in the kitchen from bar height to counter height. The dining room is also sporting a custom butlers pantry and granite counters.

Oh man, I am physically aching looking at these… What a great house. I will miss it.

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