Post # 1
So DH and I were planning on selling our house first thing next spring, but then we recently found out that we are pregnant and due March 1! (A little sooner than we were hoping, but I know that these things happen for a reason!) Our current house will be a bit cramped with a baby, but I know that lots of people have survived just fine in much smaller! I know that there is a major housing lull in Dec-Jan/Feb, so basically it’s either try and sell our house right after Labor Day, or try and sell it right around the time I’m due (!) or wait and deal with all this with a newborn.
I’m worried about this mostly from the concern of trying to keep a house clean and ready for people to come through it either around my due date, or even with a newborn! It would not be ideal to try and sell this fall, but it’s possible.
Post # 3
@red_rose: I’d say try to sell the fall and get it over with. My SO bought his place from an expecting couple. They were due the week of closing. They asked to stay and lease back for 3 months but there was no benefit for us so we said no. I’m sure it wa a hue hassle to move w a newborn.
Post # 4
Congratulations on the baby!
I have a baby and there’s no way in heck I’d move within the first 4 months, much less show and sell a house.
Post # 5
My thoughts are there is no right time in life to do anything. If you wait for the “perfect” time, you won’t do anything! You’ll never have enough money, space, time, etc.
I’d say be more concerned about the housing market. If the market looks good, put it up for sale. You’d be surprised how quickly a house could sell–or conversely, how long it takes and you’ll be looking at next Spring anyway.
I kept a 3000 sq. ft. house on the market and show-ready (single-handedly i.e. no help from ex-husband) with 3 year old twins, two dogs and a full time job. Anything can be done if you set your mind to it.
But really, I’d consult a realtor and see what they think about the market. If their advice is to start prepping the house for sale this fall and get it on the market in spring, I’d go with their professional opinion.
Post # 6
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I agree with the suggestion to talk to a realtor about the conditions in your particular market. If it were me, I would want to sell/move before a baby rather than after. I don’t know that I would have been able to keep my house in show-worthy condition shortly after DS was born.
Post # 7
My sister put her house up for sale and moved right after her first child was born. She was able to pack and get everything done because the baby slept most of the time.
Post # 8
Do you have family nearby that can help? Would you pay for movers or try to move yourself? How is the market near you? Do you live in a summer cycle (people want to move in the summer) or resort/retirement town where it won’t matter as much?
Post # 9
Am I the only one who read this more as “Advice on selling a baby and a house”?
Post # 10
@red_rose: a comon mistake during moves is not hiring a moving company.
Be clean and be practical. With moms it is common to get lazy because you are exhausted. But If we could stay awake until 4 and be at school at 8 during our college years… We can deal with a baby and a move it is all About discipline. First months baby will sleep with you anyway. So dont worry about space.
1. Be very clean be very practical keep your baby gear to a minimum. Small playpen instead of crib.
2. hire a service to help you move. For me it was the money best spend of my life.
Post # 12
I would stick it on the market now and see what happens! Ideally, you want it sold before the new school year starts (and the real estate slump starts).
If you sell it before you find a new place to live, you can always live somewhere with a month-to-month lease for a little. My family (Mom, Dad, I was 12, sister was 10, other sister was a new born) once stayed in a 400 sq ft cottage for three months between houses!
And if you buy in the winter slump, you can get a GREAT deal on the house!
Post # 13
@red_rose: first i hav to tell you that i read the ttle waay to fast an thought it said selling a baby advice!! LOL
i hav friends who hav done it both was. i would probably try and get it done before baby just hav have one less thing to worry about