Wow, I can't imagine two more perfect sides to my internal argument about moving than the first 2 comments to yesterdays post. I'll stick to given handles in reference...
Fuzzy Tales expresses my desire to move to a better place. There are things I don't like here. Some of those things would be very difficult to fix and leveling the annoying english ivy-covered ridge is not a simple task. I can't get rid of the stairs to the basement, and some days I have to walk carefully down them. There is something that often gets stiff in my left knee at the bone. I want a house easier to get around in. I may only be 64, but I won't be getting any younger. The stairs will get more problematic in the next decade. That possible new house doesn't have to mean "fancier", just "more suited to me".
But Megan makes the argument in the other side of my head. I like much of where I am and I do not like change. I live on a dead end street, so there is little traffic. It is quiet here, and I like that. I am separated from one neighbor by a drainage easement and the orientation of our houses are relatively far apart. On the other side, the neighbor is practically non-existent, and that is fine with me.
I'm not not quite a hermit, but privacy is good. I'm friendly to talk to to and helpful when asked. But I'm reminded of something I read about Daniel Boone in the frontier days when he noticed smoke from the chimney of a new house across the valley and decided it was time to move because it was "getting crowded". There is a difference between "alone" and "lonely". I don't feel "lonely" here.
I expect I can find a place I would like slightly better than this one. And again, not bigger or fancier, just "better". But slightly more suited comes with a lot of effort. I have contacted a moving company to give me an estimate of "what you see is what you pack and move" and I have contacted a Buyer's Agent, who according to what I have read, represents ME in the house-buying process.
It will be interesting to see where this goes. I have to admit that, if I could just show someone the house and just say "move it" that would be a great relief (at a cost). I don't think I can do it on my own. Then I could choose how much to do on my own. And if I have an agent representing ME in a purchase, that takes a lot of worry off my mind too. What I've read about a Buyer Agent suggests that I would save more than the cost.
When I sat down at a table to sign the contract on this house there were 6 lawyers sitting at the other end just daring me to ask any questions. They knew what they were doing, and I didn't. They didn't want me to read the contract (I did anyway - mostly), and whenever I asked a question it was either "that's the law" or they all asked a bunch of questions back at me.
But there was was no one on MY side. I won't do that again! I will have an expert on MY side of the table who knows how to read the contract and who represents ME and not the seller.
I look forward to hearing from several moving company (highly rated ones from Angie's List). This move might actually happen sometime in the next year... After 27 years, I can hardly imagine it.