We are in the home stretch ( there’s a pun in there, but I’m too tired to see it) with all the house preparations. This next Monday we will interview the last two realtors. I really dislike this part of our Adventure! I have never been involved in the selling of a house and there are so many intricacies involved in the whole process, it makes my head spin! The other thing I really hate about the house selling process is deciding on a realtor. For me it’s especially awful because I am acquainted with so many very successful realtors from my salon. There’s just no way to consider every one of them. We would be interviewing realtors forever! I’m choosing to take a backseat on this decision. Scott’s mother was a realtor for nearly forty years and she owned and ran a very successful real estate office for much of her career , so he grew up around the business and is very familiar with the whole process. We will have interviewed six realtors after next monday and from those six we will decide which person we will feel most comfortable working with. It’s a hard decision because they are all so good, although they all seem to have varying opinions as to how to price our particular property. Pricing is yet another part of the process that causes a knot to form in my stomach. This house is our nest egg and we need to get as much money as possible to fund our big Adventure so we need to be smart about our decisions. This is why we are attempting to make certain that the house is finished perfectly and that it is staged to show its maximum potentials.
The Painters begin the exterior painting on Monday. The last of the woodworking for Scott is very nearly done. He has to finish the face-frame of the entertainment center , 17 cabinet doors should be installed soon, the finish around the Entryway door needs to be done, and tile backsplash around the buffet in the dining room is being installed as Im typing. Gotta love the sound of a tile saw working away in the background! The plan is to have the stagers begin on March 18 so we are planning to stay in a pet friendly hotel for a couple weeks. We learned that short term month to month rentals are just too expensive. Many of the apartments we looked at were charging as much as $800.00 extra per month for a month to month lease! No thanks! The real estate market in our neighborhood seems to be moving pretty quickly. Most of the houses that have sold in our neighborhood have sold in one or two weeks , so if we just go to a nearby hotel for a couple of weeks we should be able to go back to the house as soon as it is sold. We may be able to negotiate a rent back from the buyers , we have been told that many buyers will even rent back at no charge at all, that would be nice. As soon as the interior of the house is all ready to go then getting the backyard all cleaned up will be Scotts last big job. He has already begun to get a start on the clearing out. We now have an extra worker who is just hauling stuff out to the trailer to be taken to the dump. We plan to remove all the concrete around the detached garage and plant sod along with some plantings along the fence. We have an especially large lot for our neighborhood so it is a big selling point for our property and we want it to show just as well as the house itself.
This upcoming weekend we will most likely remove the last pieces of furniture that the stagers will not be using in the final staging of the house. We will be left with our king size bed in the Master bedroom, the dining room table, the bar stools and the sofa and coffee table in the family room. We have four beautiful area rugs that we purchased when we went to Turkey and they were picked up on Monday to be cleaned, moth balled and rolled and tied up for shipping. The stagers will be bringing in more neutral rugs for their purposes. When the painters finish the exterior painting it should be pretty easy for them to get ladders and things inside to do the interior painting. We have some pretty high ceilings so they will be glad to not have a lot of furniture to maneuver around. So , aside from what I already mentioned on our list of house projects, there are little details like a few doorknobs, some faceplates on outlets here and there, and a couple new smoke/carbon monoxide detectors to be installed. We are on the home stretch and our timing seems to be working out pretty good because it would be great to have the house ready to show before Easter weekend and for sure before tax time. I’ll keep you posted on our progress. Cheers!