Foundation Photo Shoot

Before we sold our first home, we asked a good friend to take a series of photos for us that best describes our life currently. If you missed the first session, you can view it here

Below is the second session in our series of three + we are absolutely thrilled with what she captured. Building a home is stressful but so fun as you can see. ūüíõ

Photos courtesy of Maria Smal Photography

Lessons Learned

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As first-time home owners turned first-time sellers, there were¬†so many¬†lessons learned about preparing our home to sell & the whole¬†selling process in general. Putting your home on the market, allowing strangers to walk through and¬†judge everything you’ve worked hard on + waiting for the “perfect offer” is not for the faint of heart. Then you have to squeeze in packing, checking off last-minute First Home Bucket List items + trying not to be a complete grinch to your S/O (which I totally was – sorry Matty).¬†So I’ve compiled a list of things to remember for next time we sell – which will hopefully be¬†never because hello, dream house in progress (include all the heart eyes here)!

  1. Don’t take anything personally. People aren’t going to like your cleaning capabilities, your backyard, your asking price, the fact that you have big dogs… oh well.¬†Be proud of the home you’ve created.
  2. There is no such thing as a¬†“perfect offer.” And even if you think there is, they end up asking for your washer/dryer, homemade dog house + to replace ONE SHINGLE on the roof.
  3. Having early morning showings during the week + making it to work on-time is nearly impossible. Yes, we have dogs. No, we don’t have kids.¬†It’s¬†still hard.
  4. Don’t buy cheap packing tape to save money. You’ll end up using 3x the amount +¬†have to buy more.
  5. Everyone + their brother takes things to Goodwill on Sundays when it’s rainy. Dare to be different just to skip lines.
  6. Order a change of address with USPS before you move out, not three days after. Oops.
  7. Spending your last night eating chinese food on the floor of your empty home may sound romantic, but it’s not. You’ll end up getting 654813 flakes of dirt + dog hair mixed into your food.
  8. Love on your S/O. They’re not the enemy – people who say “thanks, but no thanks” to your home are.¬†Okay – I’m exaggerating, but you get what I’m saying.
  9. Working with a realtor is 100% easier than For Sale by Owner. Less headaches, less stress, more people to turn to for questions.

We loved working with Ryan and Laura Schwarz to sell our home.
If you’re looking for a realtor in the Bennington area, we highly recommend them!

Thanks for reading.
xo . t

A letter to the new owners of 8618…

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photo credit: Maria Smal Photography 

We will officially lock the doors on our first home for the last time on Thursday. Even just typing that creates¬†a huge lump in my throat. For the last 2.5 years, our little 8618 has been a place of firsts. And with that, here’s a letter to the new owners:

We are so happy that your little family is about to make our home yours. We sincerely hope that this house gives you everything it has given us in the past 2.5 years + more. Your nextdoor neighbors are¬†some of the kindest people – keep an eye on them for us. When the weather is nice, the neighborhood girls¬†will most likely leave their bikes in the driveway +¬†play by¬†the tree in the front yard¬†– enjoy this + say hi to them. The house may be cozy, but throw parties – the deck in the backyard is the best hostess. The firepit (+ a couple bottles of wine) is the best cure for¬†a rough day. And don’t worry too much if the grass gets too long – it just means you’re spending time on the more important things. But most of all, remember that “love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate; where you can eat + sleep so close together you can’t help but to communicate; + if we had more room between us think of all we’d miss; love grows best in little houses just like this.”

And to our sweet, little 8618 – thank you.
Thank you for providing us 2.5 years of firsts, withstanding storms, providing comfort¬†+ helping us grow. We’ve enjoyed our time in the city limits, but it’s time we go back to our roots.

xo . t

We Are (all) Wickham

Matthew + I moved into our first¬†home in September 2015. In¬†2 1/2 years we’ve learned¬†a lot about¬†owning a house, creating a home + dealing with conflicts. And wouldn’t ya know… after 2 1/2 years of truly being¬†on our own, we’re about to move back in with our parents. Can’t you hear my enthusiasm?! All jokes aside, we are incredibly blessed to have the option of living with Matt’s parents while we build our dream house. So stay tuned, because I can promise some hiliarious/embarrassing/juicy stories will be coming in the next few (10!) months. Especially because Matt’s sister and her family will be moving in too!

For 10 months, most Wickham’s will be under one roof; giving¬†a whole new meaning to our “We Are Wickham” mindset. Let the never-ending family dinners begin!

But really, please don’t mistake my sarcasm for being ungrateful. We are so so thankful for this opportunity to live with family + save money.

XO . T

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photo by: Mapel Creek Photography