So once we put the offer on the house it was full speed ahead to get our house ready to list. We put the offer on the house mid-week and we told our realtor we should be ready for photos and listing by that Sunday.
It was a bit of a mad dash. Friday night we spent boxing up anything we knew we wouldn’t need anytime soon. We had started doing some of this previously since we knew this day would come – we already had 1/2 the garage full of boxes and extra furniture.
My parents were kind enough to loan 1/2 of their garage for storage. As well as bringing over their trailer so we could move everything. My mom started the cleaning while we were loading and unloading items. Mark’s parents came in the afternoon to also lend a hand. At this point it was the end of April – but our realtor still suggested having the pool open to show that it’s in working and good condition – so that became a secondary task to complete that weekend.
I kept calling it the ‘nice to have’. If we didn’t get to it then we would dig out photos from August that we took when we closed it. Somehow with our team of six we were able to tackle the cleaning and moving out the extra stuff in two days. I think my mom ended up shampooing the carpets twice during that time. Which ended up being slightly tricky since we were moving some things back in rooms even though carpet wasn’t 100% dry. But we managed. Our realtor showed up around 5PM and we were all exhausted but she was able to take all the photos and we were able to sign and fill out everything we needed to – to get our house up that next day (a Monday).
I didn’t end up seeing our listing until when I got home from work on Monday – but it looked nice. I was hopeful someone would buy our cute little cape cod.
Pros our house has going for it:
Open floor plan – kitchen, eating area and family room are open to each other
Large circular driveway
Large garage (2.5 – lots of room for 2 cars – plus stuff)
An attached mud room
New-ish roof (we put it on in 2008)
Patio and deck (made out of composite decking – little maintenance)
Cute front porch
Nice clean design and paint (personal opinion – but the realtor tended to agree)
No A.C. (but ceiling fans and a pool to keep you cool – plus forced air makes it a fairly easy thing to add)
1 full bathroom (not 2 full bathrooms)
2 downstairs/1 upstairs bedroom makes it challenging for a family with young kid(s) potentially.
Could go either way:
Pool (although it also requires little maintenance the way we designed it – timer for the filter and a center drain).
Unfinished basement – not the end of the world – but could be finished for additional space.
Below are our listing photos:
In the listing our realtor requested 24 hours notice desired. While at work on Tuesday we were asked if someone could walk through that night, right after work, then another couple also wanted to see it that day. Wednesday there were more showings, as well as on Thursday. We were up to 7 people walking through and it had only been on the market since Monday – plus there was an advertised open house for Sunday.
It didn’t last long. By Friday night we had an offer in. But we knew there was 1 showing on Saturday with the potential of 4 others who were interested. And the open house on Sunday. We had to respond to the first offer by 6pm Saturday. Despite how the people liked it on Saturday who walked through – they would have had to be contingent on the sale of their house – and it wasn’t on the market yet. The offer we got was not. But it wasn’t quite the price we were asking either – so we countered with a price we deemed acceptable and added in some closing terms and a condition about how if our offer on the other house falls apart we can also choose not to go forward with this sale. We also wrote in that we wanted to “rent” our house back for 5 days after closing – in hopes to line up the closing and moving into the other house.
As of Sunday around Noon the counter offer was accepted. The open house went from 1-3pm as planned. With 24 people coming by – including the niece of the original builder of the house – who liked what we had done with it. The original builder also built the house next door, but I don’t know anymore details.
So I guess this means we are moving! Time to pack more and start saying goodbye. This house was our home for 7 good years and it treated us well. We got to put our stamp on it – we made it feel like our home while we have been here.
Cheers to the future!