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Counting down the days

April 10th, 2015 at 07:41 am

So I am counting down the days till we list. We have 12 more days until photos of our place. We have 18 days until we list, then 25 more days until the open house and then hopefully it's sold by 27 days from now May 5th. I am praying we list, we have showings, then open house and all offers/bids come in on May 4th. One week of being "show" ready in our house and living like crazy people then we are done.

Some expenses we are spending on getting the house ready is a storage unit at $70/month with 1st month free. We painted the interior and have to get the exterior painted. Now the interior if we had decided 6 months ago we were going to sell this spring we could have done it ourselves. But deciding 6 weeks before listing we were going to sell probably wasn't the more financially efficient thing to do. Of course all the painting the = eating out because we were avoiding the painters and fumes all day. Plus we had to send the dog to daycare so he wouldn't be in the way.

I'm feeling rather indulgent because the week before we list I got the two kids into camp for 4 days all day 8-6. Pricy but $160/day for 2 kids and I have a chance to clean up as a last push. Right now I feel a lot of guilt letting the kids watch too much tv and not making as many playdates or activities like we normally do.

But I feel like as of April 28th we'll be free. No more playing in our house for that week but we won't be as busy. We've been up most night until 1 am packing and cleaning and up again at 6 am getting ready for school and the day.

9 Responses to “Counting down the days”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It is a small phase of their life that you are indulging in tv, they will likely love those camps and remember those more than time in front of the tv. You are doing great!! It looks like I'll be listed before you....signing today!

  2. snafu Says:

    Your housing market is obviously quite different than other communities. How many days from listing to condo Sold in the info from your realtor? How many days on average from Sold to Close? Have you defined your target market? Will you use a stager for final effect?

    It's smart to have a back-up plan, at least on paper. While selling house and downsizing to condo was different, we treated 'House for Sale' period as though were were living in a Show Home while we treated day-to-day practicalities as though we 4 were camping in an RV. It's important to eat-down existing food supplies. Meals can be one container simple, like Crockpot or casserole. We learned lasagna in a crockpot was delicious lol. We took some meals to a nearby park that had picnic tables and play equipment.

    Just like camping, outfits were assembled right from dryer into plastic bags and stacked in bureau drawers, except for DH's more business garb . The clothes left in closets were merely for display; out of season garments were boxed ready to move. Kids had selected their absolute favorite toys which all had to fit into bins which slid easily under their beds. They could make play disappear in less than 15 minutes. Guest towels hung on rods in the various bathrooms but the towels in actual use were hung on the back of bathroom doors when the realtor told me potential buyers don't shut doors! It helps to have a simple routine in place so that each segment of the day goes without a hitch.

    I was trying to imagine how you were working job search into the mix.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Good luck with it all Smile

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Do listings in your area really sell that fast? It is very slow here.

  5. scfr Says:

    Oh I do really hope you sell that quickly, but please prepare yourself for the possibility that it could be a longer haul.

  6. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Right now it's a sellers market. Listing to sale? DOM is 7 days until CTG. Sold to Close is about 31 days. Anything on for longer than 1 week is overpriced. Anything on longer than 30 days is usually really overpriced. Some things go off immediately but come back on usually because of a bad home inspection.

    Our target market is people just starting to have children, this is a starter home. Or for families with 2 children around ages 5 and 7 moving in for school district.

    We are not using a stager but our realtor is coming Sunday to give use tips and strategically plan our house. She will tell us what furniture to keep and sell. We have already done a lot of purging but we need to know what needs to go and stay still.

    My plan is to get it staged by photos but finish painting after the trim. I also need to scrub my stupid neighbors stairs.

  7. snafu Says:

    'I also need to scrub my stupid neighbors stairs.I also need to scrub my stupid neighbors stairs.' What !!!

    Do you have or can you borrow someone's Power Washer? It makes tasks like that complete in less time and effort than what's involved in hooking your hose to the machine.

  8. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I could powerwash, we have one. But it's in delicate shape and I don't want to damage the stairs. It's wood and they haven't taken care of it. Long story another post, but scrubbing with brush and bleach is best option my DH decided.

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