Closing + Moving

It’s happening! We’re moving!

We know it feels like we’ve been talking about this for months – hinting at it here and there (constantly, it seems!), but not really saying much else at all. We’re sorry. It’s been a long and winding road (and the topic of every dinner conversation for months), and the superstitious side of us didn’t want to divulge until we sealed that loan commitment, nailed down a closing date, and signed off on all contracts. But! It’s time, and we have our closing date: June 7th! And we’re moving! July 1st!

Aah, notice the big difference in the closing and moving date?

Our soon-to-be home is occupied by tenants, but we opted for a sooner closing date to lock in our lower rate for the new mortgage. This big reason (the current tenants) combined with a slammed market is why it’s taken so long to get us to the closing table. For weeks, we’ve been in negotiations with the seller, and only now have we all come to one happy agreement. Those tenants – who knew there was a looming move in their future – will be out by the end of June, and for privacy reasons, we’re not sharing any photos of the home until they’ve vacated and we’re in. (More suspense!)

So while we can’t share photos just yet, we can say this: There’s a yard! There’s a front porch and a garage and stairs! It’s a two flat, and we’ll be converting it to a single family – with a bigger studio, larger living room and a bedroom that’ll fit more than just a bed. It couldn’t be more different than the UNreal One; it’s a blank slate, truly. It’s 100 years old, with low-end updates over the years, and we’ve been joking with our friends that we cannot wait to, uh, jump its bones (too much?).

Yes, the Unreal One was a dreamboat, but we now realize it was for the best; we fell hard for that home, but we weren’t in love with the new-to-us neighborhood. But this (soon-to-be) home? It’s in our current ‘hood; the same streets and nooks and brunch spots we’ve had a love affair with since the day we moved to Chicago – 7 years ago. Location was key to this home. A shabby interior can be fixed, location cannot. (We all know this though, right?)

So, what’s next? We pack. We purge. We talk about how bittersweet it is to leave this little home, and we excite Jack with promises of his huge city yard – and the girls with whole rooms to themselves.

We can’t wait to share this new journey with you. (We’re bursting, really.)

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  • Ainhoa6.3.13 - 6:34 AM

    This is huge! Congrats!! I can’t wait to see pics, it sounds awesome already.ReplyCancel

  • gqf6.3.13 - 6:58 AM

    Woohoo!!!!!! Congrats!!! So excited for your little clan. ReplyCancel

  • This is super exciting! Can not wait for the photos. Good luck with the packing process!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY6.3.13 - 7:28 AM

    Congratulations!! So excited for you and this new adventure =) xoReplyCancel

  • Annie6.3.13 - 7:52 AM

    So happy for you guys!!! Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel6.3.13 - 8:09 AM

    YAY! Congrats to you all! I am so excited for you.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanna6.3.13 - 8:19 AM

    Congrats to you all! I’m sure the “kiddos” will love the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Marti6.3.13 - 8:22 AM

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to follow along as you remodel your new home.ReplyCancel

  • Martina6.3.13 - 8:23 AM

    Congratulations! The next month is going to be full of excitement for you guys.ReplyCancel

  • Clara6.3.13 - 8:23 AM

    Yayyy! So excited for you guys! Can’t wait to follow along with your renovations…ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie6.3.13 - 8:29 AM

    Hooray! Cannot WAIT to see photos of the new digs! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams6.3.13 - 8:46 AM

    Moving is a huge pain in the butt, but it is fun at the same time. I love setting up a new house, arranging my furniture in a new space and organizing everything. Now I am getting jealous! My little Cape of Dreams is not finished yet, and we won’t be relocating for a while. However, the itch is growing. Good luck with your move! I cannot wait to see the pictures of the new house and all of the renovations you do to it.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle6.3.13 - 8:48 AM

    Congrats!!! I can’t imagine you’ll have much to purge though. =)ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey6.3.13 - 8:49 AM

    Congratulations you guys!! So happy everything worked out in your favor. Home buying is so stressful. Can’t wait to follow along with all the renovations! (P.S. Hi, this is Kim’s cousin Kelsey :) )ReplyCancel

  • Jackie6.3.13 - 8:49 AM

    Yeah!!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House6.3.13 - 8:55 AM

    So happy for you!! Looking forward to hearing even more about it, seeing pictures, and following along as you renovate!ReplyCancel

  • Helen6.3.13 - 8:55 AM

    Congrats! This is so exciting! Can’t wait to see how you guys transform the new place!
    Yay for jack!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Schutte6.3.13 - 9:04 AM

    Congrats! That’s very exciting! Watching how much my dog loves my parent’s yard makes me want to pack up my little condo and move along as well. Jack won’t know what to do with himself!ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.3.13 - 9:07 AM

      Thanks so much everyone! Jack won’t stop yapping about his yard – we can’t wait to watch him play!

      Kelsey – no joke. It’s definitely been stressful, but it’ll all be worth it so soon!ReplyCancel

  • Tina S.6.3.13 - 9:08 AM

    Congratulations!! The yard is totally worth it!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of the new digs as well as follow along with all the changes you guys have in store.ReplyCancel

  • Kiira6.3.13 - 10:27 AM

    So awesome! Congrats! Can’t wait to see the pix and so glad to hear that you’ll bring some glory back to a 100-year old house. We’ve been in one for 3.5 years now, and though a ton of work, nothing beats the detail and beauty in these old houses. And a yard! There is something so magical and soothing about working on a garden.
    Looks like I’ll have to get my next foster portrait ordered! Once moving day rolls around, you are going to be BUSY!ReplyCancel

  • Kim6.3.13 - 10:36 AM

    Kira, you’re not kidding! I’m front loading a ton of orders as I write this, so I can take a teeny, tiny break to unpack and move! Things will be nutty. Now’s the perfect time to stock up on Pet Shop portraits!ReplyCancel

  • Monika6.3.13 - 10:50 AM

    Congratulations to you-there’s nothing quite like a yard for You AND Jack. Can’t wait to see the new digs and what fabulous things you do to it. Wishing you all good things in the new home.ReplyCancel

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art6.3.13 - 11:16 AM

    I am so excited for you. I love to move and with no move of my own on the horizon, I can live vicariously through you for a bit :) I hope you will share everything!!ReplyCancel

  • OhMelvin6.3.13 - 11:18 AM

    This makes me so happy — for you and for us! I so look forward to your adventures in decorating!!! I’m getting my notebook ready to take notes! And as for the yard, it’s life changing — it’s everything you hope for and so much more!ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy6.3.13 - 1:19 PM

    Very happy for your guys (and Jack), and looking forward to reading all about it when the time comes. During the move, here’s hoping the only fireworks you experience are the Independence Day variety.ReplyCancel

  • Kim6.3.13 - 1:24 PM

    Jimmy, ha! Agreed!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten Nieman6.3.13 - 3:00 PM

    Wahooo! This is SUCH fun news – congrats! Can’t wait to see the new place!ReplyCancel

  • Kim6.3.13 - 4:27 PM

    Thank you so much everyone!ReplyCancel

  • Christina6.3.13 - 5:13 PM

    WOOOHOOOOO!!!! Congrats on the yard (and the new digs!) Can’t wait to see it!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Trude6.3.13 - 6:22 PM

    Congratulations!! So glad its all working out perfectly in the end. The same thing happened when my BFF bought her condo (that I rent a room in). We both fell in love with a super cute place, but we didn’t exactly love the neighborhood or its layout, so we held out for a short sale and it was totally worth it. Looking forward to seeing what you do when you jump the new places’ bones! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen6.3.13 - 7:52 PM

    Congratulations! Your new home will be amazing, considering what you have done to your present place. Enjoy the journey….we sure will!ReplyCancel

  • Emma6.3.13 - 8:25 PM

    Yay! So happy for you and all. Congratulations. Can’t wait to read all about it :)ReplyCancel

  • Oneita6.4.13 - 10:49 AM

    CONGRATS!!! I look forward to photos of the REAL one!!ReplyCancel

  • This is great news, I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see photos of the new place!ReplyCancel

  • […] Kim’s closing on her new house the day ours goes up for sale! I’m looking forward to boring Jess and Heidi with our real […]ReplyCancel

  • blair @ the fox and she6.4.13 - 4:41 PM

    congrats! I can’t wait to see what you do with the new place, I have no doubt it will be amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarge in Charge6.5.13 - 7:44 AM

    CONGRATS! How wonderful for you guys :)

    I cannot wait to see how you convert a 2 flat! We wound up going with a condo this time around after our little house fell through (have the inspection today!), I am hoping our next move will be a SFH or 2 flat.ReplyCancel

  • Kim6.5.13 - 8:38 AM

    Thank you all SO much!

    Sarge, CONGRATS! We hope it goes as smooth as possible!ReplyCancel

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  • Lindsey6.7.13 - 10:51 AM

    YAY! I am so happy for you guys, looks like you close today!!! Finish up that fat stack of paperwork and go celebrate! I can’t wait to see the place and see you guys make it your own! Sooooo exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! Can’t wait to see what neighborhood you’ll settle in!

    And it’s summer in Chicago – fun for the new house and fun for street festivals! woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! What a relief, right? I know I’m late to the party (dang real life has kept me off the interwebs the last few weeks), but I hope you’re still walking on air, celebrating and making real ‘This is finally happening’ plans for your space. I can’t want to see it and follow the journey as you make it your own. Maybe we can swap renovation sob stories when you get a few months in ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kati from so happy home6.7.13 - 5:07 PM

    I, too, am late to the party (but I’m moving so I have a good excuse!): congratulations! I’m so thrilled for you guys. Such an amazing time to start anew, to gain space, and to expand your home front. Wishing you green thumbs, dirty paws, and muddy feet, and oodles of joy in your new home! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Kim6.7.13 - 6:13 PM

      You guys are the best. We can’t thank you enough for all the well wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi6.7.13 - 9:32 PM

    YAY!!!! Congratulations! So very excited & happy for you.ReplyCancel

  • dervla6.10.13 - 9:36 PM

    awww wow, can’t wait to see you jump this house’s bones and get that thing all sexy again :) Congrats!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim6.10.13 - 10:05 PM

      Everyone! Dervia! Jodi! Thank you, thank you!ReplyCancel


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