Last summer, we decided we had outgrown our house, so we began preparations to find a new house. We completely underestimated the ordeal we would go through as we undertook this move!
We started by painting every room in the house - including the ceilings. Along the way, we also put up new siding, had new carpeting put in, went through all the 'stuff' we accumulated over the last 12 years in this house (4 teenagers later), and moved what we didn't need immediately into storage. Now, 5 months later, our house is on the market, we are averaging 2 showings a day, and I'm considering booking a showing for ourselves so we can have some time at home.
If this is what we go through just to move 2 miles away, I cannot imagine what our ancestors endured as they prepared to leave, not just their home, but their country.