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I've made a decision

April 12th, 2007 at 05:18 pm

Well, progress is being made on my house, but I have privately decided that I will not try to get it on the market by May 1. I understand that the realtor believes it would be best, but I am just not ready and I'm not willing to kill myself getting ready. I will graciously accept the consequences of being a little late on the market.

In the past couple days my handyman has replaced the bathroom fan, put up a shelf in the laundry room, installed a door, replaced three vent covers, and replaced two light fixtures. I have finished stripping wallpaper in a bedroom and have begun cleaning and scraping the wall. Tomorrow new carpeting is being laid in another bedroom. My handyman has yet to put knobs on my cabinets, install closet doors, fill holes and paint two rooms. I arranged to have a different handyman (with more expertise) fix some ceiling problems. He called today to put it off until May 1. Thank goodness I had already decided I wasn't going to meet the deadline, or I would have blown a gasket!

I'm also having my lawn guy trim my shrubbery, though when is still a question mark. And somewhere in the midst of this, I must have a garage sale and clean the garage. And clean the house -- and have the carpets shampooed.

I think my new deadline is June 1. At least.

I continue to just spend money left and right. I hate it. I really hate it. I had no idea that selling my house would be so financially draining. Every time I think there can't be anything else to buy, something else comes up.

I did have one piece of luck. I was going to buy a bathroom cabinet because I want to take the one I'm using with me. I actually bought one at Wal-Mart, but once I got it out of the box it was so cheap looking I took it back. Then I happened upon some nice decorative shelves I'm no longer using. I'm going to hang them in the bathroom for storage. They'll look nice, and they're free!

I can hardly wait until I can be frugal again.

3 Responses to “I've made a decision”

  1. scfr Says:

    We sold our house not too long ago so I can empathize.

    In my experience, every realtor pushes every seller to get their house on the market within a week or two, and it doesn't matter the time of year. I think they just want to make sure they get the listing and want to get their commision ASAP!

    Don't worry about cleaning out the garage, unless there's something in there that would really concern potential buyers (like hazardous materials, etc).

    If you do have a garage sale, why not do it right after the house goes on the market? That's what we did. When neighbors stopped by the garage sale we invited them to go in and take a look at the house if they were curious. We had people come to our open houses later who said they had heard about the house through the grapevine and I believe some of those vines traced back to people we invited to step in and look around during our garage sale. [Of course, make sure it's people you know and trust, or have a 2nd person around to make sure your home is secure.]

    Good luck! You do have much hard work ahead of you!

  2. Amber Says:

    I say follow your gut, good luck

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    Hmmmm. I never even thought about having the garage sale after the listing... My garage is pretty bad, though not quite toxic!

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