As most (all?) of you know, our friends that own the house we are living in have decided to put it on the market. He wants to get his doctorate, and the house will pay for school. I have appreciated how kind our friends have been to us, and I have loved living in this house. We had planned on moving anyway, so it’s not like we’re getting kicked out or anything. We want to be closer to where Ches teaches. With the hours he pulls, a 30 minute commute is just too much. That and the price of gas is outrageous!
Anyway, our friends hired a realtor, and he called one day and asked if he could come look at the house. I said, “Sure, if you don’t mind that it’s messy.” Now, it seems to me that we all have different ideas of what “messy” really means. I’ve been to too many houses where the host will say, “Excuse the mess” and all I see is a couple of small toys and maybe a baby’s sock on the floor. Seriously. I’m not a good housekeeper, so I knew that this was going to be hard for me.
I had to get the house ready to show. I knew I would have to keep it clean and clutter-free (which is really hard when you’re a packrat, like me. And Ches. He is too, just not as much as I) and stage the rooms to show them off. The market is not a seller’s market right now, and I really want to help my friends sell their house, so I have to do this right. So the realtor came over, and the first thing I said to him was, “Now, it’s really, really messy in here, but I watch a lot of HGTV, so I know what I need to do.” He laughed and basically said that all the information I would need comes from that channel.
After he looked through the house, he said there are the “Three C’s” that sellers need to worry about: Clean, Clutter, Color. The house must be clean, clutter-free (not too many pictures on the walls, not so many bookshelves scattered in any spare space we have…), and have good colors painted on the walls. Well, we don’t have any say for the colors, but they are pretty neutral and look really good where it’s not neutral.
The outside of the house has been painted. The front yard is totally relandscaped. I spent all of Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and this morning cleaning the house and packing away things (since we’re are moving anyway).
I. Am. Exhausted.
But dang it all, my house looks goooooood. 🙂 Last night I said to Ches, “Aren’t you so proud of me?” He was so happy. He then said, “See, you can get the house clean!” and I replied with, “GET it clean, yes. KEEP it clean, well, that’s a whole different story.” Pray for me, people. I need serious help!!