Over the past three days, Mr.S&P has gotten precisely 700 phone calls regarding the move west. Realtors, movers, car shippers… we’re collecting all the info and sorting it all out. Our white board lists our day-to-day tasks to get it all done.
One big and important part of the move is keeping all the funds straight. We went to our bank last night and opened an account just for our relocation expenses. The women from the bank asked why we were opening another account and we told her we were moving… to Arizona. She replied, “oh so you’ll be leaving us.” It sounds weird, but I have had the same bank account since, well, I’ve had a bank account. Now we even need to find a new bank! Add that to the list.
We’re also meeting with one realtor on Friday and hopefully another one, who is a family friend, sometime this weekend. The relocation company requires you to interview at least with their own realtor and then with another of their “preferred” agents to get a couple of market reports. We’ve been busy cleaning up the condo and I’m planning on doing some touch up paint tonight to ensure it’s in the best looking shape it can be in.
We also got a call from our realtor on the Arizona end. Knowing that many of the properties are short sales or foreclosures, we really want to get a sense of what we’re in for and figure out when we should go out there again to house hunt. Luckily, this influx of properties to the market gives us a very wide variety to choose from. Never in a million years did I think we’d tell the realtor we were looking for a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with a pool, fireplace, separate family room & dining room, 3 car garage, on a cul-de-sac plus a million other options. There is so much selection, we don’t really have to settle on something that isn’t exactly what we want. I’m very excited to get back out there and check out in person some of the houses I’ve seen online.
So the house hunt is on from the Arizona end and we should have our condo on the market by next week. Wish us luck!