After about 6 months of pandemic-marked house hunting, we found one!
While there are many great towns in the area, Wrentham had been the top choice for a while. It has some beautiful places to walk that were great back in the spring when any chance to get out of the house was a welcome reprieve. It’s geographic location and proximity to many highways makes it pretty easy to get to the Boston area, Metro West, and Rhode Island (at least when Massachusetts allows us to visit). And while it is a very nice town, it’s a good bit less expensive than some others that are closer to Boston.
The actual house is in a beautiful neighborhood close to downtown and full of trees. On seeing us, one neighbor remarked that they should update the neighborhood directory. A couple of days later there was a sheet in the mailbox to do just that. Everyone else has been just as friendly and welcoming.
Moving can be a fraught experience during the best of times, but during the pandemic it felt like a landmine of potential problems. A relative suggested the moving company they used most recently, and we couldn’t have been happier with them. They were professional, moved quickly, and wore masks the entire time they were inside. I don’t mind my mask while grocery shopping, but I imagine it must be difficult while doing something as strenuous as moving large furniture. And we did only have them do the large things, moving whatever we could ourselves. I had no idea just how much stuff could fit into my little Corolla, so fortunately it did not take many trips back and forth to get everything.
Getting settled has been a process that will definitely take some time to complete. But after only a few days it already feels like home. The only surprises have been good ones, like the prior owners leaving behind their beautiful propane fire pit table. This was one of many things made very strange by the pandemic, and even if it was an odd journey, the final destination could not be any better.
The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at U.S. Wealth Management.