Friday, December 2, 2011

Sell this house~The stranger merry go round

It's now December and were still living in our house. The new house is finally showing real signs that we've been working on it. Most of the painting is done, the carpet is in all the bedrooms, linoleum gets put in the kitchen and dining room today. There's still the hardwood floor in the living room, and a bunch of little thing that need to be done, and then of course there's the basement. But the worst of it will be done and it will be just about ready for moving in.

Now we just need to sell this house. We've had quite a few showings, at least 2 or 3 a week but no bids as far as I know. It's only been on the market for a couple months and I know that's not to bad and I'm not really stressing about the length of time it's taking, it's the showings themselves. That part is kind of a nightmare. First you have to deal with the randomness of the timing, my relator will call me with anywhere from an hour to 2 days notice, I've actually had them call me 9:50 and say someone is coming between 10 and 11. I then have to run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make sure the place is presentable. Because try as I might I just can't keep the house clean enough,(thanks kids for all your help on that).

Then there's the fact there are strange people traipsing through my house. I know it's necessary to sell it, but there's strangers in my house. Logically I know they could care less about my personally possessions, but it still weirds me out. I can never get this book I read once out of my head. In the book this perfectly unassuming guy would go to an open house, and after everyone else left he would stay behind by hiding under a bed or in a closet, he would then kidnap the unsuspecting female do horrible things to her and kill her. Needless to say I've had some sleepless nights and a nightmare or 2 since this process started, it definitely didn't help when one of the relators forgot to lock up on their way out.

We don't have a lock box either so someone needs to be here to let each showing in before we can leave, so I've had the pleasure of seeing most of the potential buyers and though most of them have been normal everyday people a couple have just added to my OMG I'm so going to have those nightmares tonight. One guy even looked exactly like the guy described in the book, I almost sent him away.

On top of all that it's the holidays so now I'm all stressed about weather I should go all out and do my regular decorating routine, or if that will turn off a potential buyer, but I don't want to ruin my kids Christmas traditions because someone that's looking at the house may not like my mistletoe being hung from the door way. I just can't wait till it's over and I don't have to hear the words we have someone scheduled to come look at your property today at blah, blah, blah. That will be nice.