Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Selling the House Part 3

Read Part 1 & Part 2 before you start the final installment of the Selling the House Trilogy!

The sign is in the yard and the appliances are new and shiny.  The photographer took fantastic shots of our house on Monday afternoon.  The photos were online by dinner time Monday night.  
Then the fun began.

Over the next six days we had fourteen scheduled showings of our house.  Many were scheduled the day of so the house needed to be showing ready each morning.  I knew this was part of the process, but it's a pain in the arse.

The prep for the showings began the night before:   
  • The meals prepared on the shiny new appliances entailed something that didn't splatter or leave a lingering smell
  • The appliances were wiped down to remove fingerprints
  • The dishwasher was run, whether or not it was full
  • Sweep the floors
  • Clean up the toys
  • Run a load of laundry
  • Burn the pretty smelling candle to mask any dinner smells
The mornings were the most fun.  In addition to the get ready for school routine we had to:
  • Make the beds
  • Raise the blinds
  • Wipe down the bathroom fixtures
  • Clean up the toys
  • Rearrange the "staged' fruit on the table
  • Adjust the "staged" flowers on the "eat in kitchen" table
  • Throw all dirty laundry into the washing machine for later
  • Cross your fingers while walking out the door
The most interesting part of showing your house is that you have to keep yourself occupied while you house is occupied by strangers.  I didn't mind the showings during the day as I was usually at work or could stay at work until the showing time was over.  The evening showings were the hardest because I still had to do the night routine of dinner, homework, and baths.  That was really tricky with 6:00 & 7:00 showings.  

The great news is that we only had to endure one week of showings because we received an offer on the house Saturday morning!  With some easy negotiations we quickly had a deal.  Happily we're passing our house along to a young couple that is just starting their lives together.  

Change that to SOLD!!!!

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