After 13 years, we have finally sole Kathy’s mom’s house. We have been taking care of it since she died 13 years ago. Up until 5 months ago, Kathy just wasn’t ready to let it go. I did not push the issue because I know that you have to be mentally ready to say good-bye before placing a house on the market.
The house did have some drawbacks. First of all, it was a row home in a town that has been declining for years. No one lives in the house attached to one side and that house is falling down. In face, we didn’t think the house we had would sell because of that.
Tomorrow is closing day. That means we no longer have to pay insurance on an empty house. We don’t have to pay high heating bills for the winter. The house has electric heat and only one thermostat. We don’t need to worry about traveling 40 minutes after a snowstorm to make sure the sidewalk in front of the house is cleared and ice free.
Because of location and conditions we are not getting top dollar for the property. What we are getting, though, is peace of mind that we no longer have to worry about the house.