If you read a few posts back we have been preparing to close on a house in a few weeks. Holy moly what a pain! They want every document you own and you have to provide every detail about that document. It has been draining that is for sure! Then trying to pack some things up but not live out of boxes has been interesting as well.
Here are 3 tips that have made this process a little easier if that is at all possible.
1. Have recent bank statements, current pay stubs and any other financial documents you may think you will need. Because guess what...you will need them! Luckily my bank statements and pay stubs are easily accessible for me so that was no big deal. I did have to run to the City to get copies of old W2's since I no longer work for the City I could not get them online. If you are looking at purchasing a house make sure you have copies of at least 3 years of past W2's. And if you have left the job contact them in advance because most companies will make you sign a release. With Matt being the only own owning our current house I have to provide documents that prove that. Luckily it wasn't too difficult to get but again if you know you are going to buy a house have these documents available to you. It will save you some time and sanity when you are waiting on hold for 20 mins to speak to a representative and then get hung up on and have to call back. Yes that happened. Grrrr.
2. Pack ahead of time.
3. Accept help. This is big for me! I am the type of person that wants to do it all on my own and not take help from anyone. My inlaws live down the street and they are always offering to help with Kinley. This is great! It is very hard to pack up boxes when your toddler is crying at your feet because it is getting close to bed time and she wants to be held. Unfortunately I think she will be spending a little more time at daycare in the next few weeks so I can get some things done. She loves it there and it gives her some play time outside of the house. This will make packing, painting and unpacking much easier if she is not screaming at my feet or touching the newly painted walls. I know we have a lot of awesome friends that are going to help us move too! I already told them beer and pizza! Who wants to miss that!
Those are a few tips that have helped us so far with this buying a house process. It is definitely draining and I will be very excited when we sign the final documents.
And of course I need to wrap up with a few cute pictures of my crazy toddler who is entering the terrible 2's early! She has been a handful in this process. I have to remember though it is stressful for her too. Her life is being turned upside down. Our house is all she knows. I anticipate moving to be hard on her. I hope it goes more smoothly than I am thinking. Twins they are!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!