Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Living On Pins and Needles


As of yesterday, our house is officially on the market. The sign's up and the phone has started to ring. Happily, the closets are clean and all the rooms are freshly painted. My floors are gleaming and the carpets have been shampooed. Now, if I can just teach the kids to levitate, we'll all be ok.

I'm settling in for months of walking backwards out of every room to make sure things look just right. No unflushed toilets, no toys on the stairs and no unmade beds. Yikes.

Our realtor's name is Maxine. We interviewed a whole gaggle of realtors before signing on with her. It is nerve wracking to take cold-hearted strangers through your home. Like a really intense Parent Teacher Conference. Here is my child, my heart and soul. I know her handwriting leaves a lot to be desired, but have you seen her whiz through her math facts? Have you heard her British accent? Does her smile take your breath away?

Except with the realtors, I'm thinking, Here is my house, it's where my heart lives. I know the floors squeak and the corner cupboard sticks, but you should see it all lit up for Christmas. And how about the big shade tree in the backyard with the swing? And doesn't the yellow dining room just make you happy?

Maxine is like the kindergarten teacher who doesn't just love all children. She's the one who loves my child. She totally gets our house. She likes it. She LOVES it. So, hopefully, she can sell it.
I know with a big house on today's market, it might be a long wait. But am still keeping my fingers crossed.
Because it's kinda prickly living on pins and needles.

13 comments:

Tristan said...

Keeping the house in perfect condition with children has to be stressful.

I'm glad that you found a Realtor you like. There are so many slimy ones out there.

Good luck to you! I hope it sells quickly for you.

Christie said...

I would buy your house up in a second. It is so darling. I've always loved it.

Heather said...

Good luck with selling the house. I am sure that you will be able to keep it looking amazing as always!

Lindsey said...

Wow. I am excited for you! I am sure it is AMAZING! POSITIVE! So, what is the scoop. Are YOU coming out soon?

Ilene said...

Throwing dirty laundry into the family car is completely permissable for when your house is going to be looked at.

At least that method worked for me.

Heidi said...

You're house is so picture perfect. I don't see how anyone could not get it. Your house is so perfectly Gabi, and will knock someone's socks off. I can't wait for perfectly Gabi to show up much closer to me. Just wait to see what she'll do with orange and turquoise, 0-scape and archway windows and doors. I'm so excited!

brooke said...

I sooo relate to this. It is nearly impossible with small children to keep a home immaculate but I do think people understand that small children live there!

I'm glad you found a realtor you like. That is so important. I remember showing my home to our realtor and he was silent the whole way. I knew he hated it. Turned out--he ended up wanting to buy it himself!

rebeccaV said...

Selling a house whilst caring for small children is the worst kind of torture, I've done it too many times to want to remember! Good luck Gab!

Annemarie said...

Let the fun begin!! Hope it all goes quickly!

the wrath of khandrea said...

we just found our dream house through our dream realtor. so i get it.

i do not envy the process though. ours was over in two long days. here's to hoping yours is quick as well.

Lauren in GA said...

I so hear ya, Sista'...keeping the house clean for prospective buyers is such a task.

Maxine sounds amazing. We had a realtor that was sweet and we liked as a person...but she just wasn't hungry, ya know? It took a long time to sell the house in Virginia before we moved to Georgia.

Fingers crossed that your lovely home sells quickly! I'll even cross my eyes ;)

calibosmom said...

Maxine sounds like the perfect pin cushion. So, just leave it all to her and everything will be great. I'm sad you're leaving but excited for your new adventure.

Amanda D said...

I hope it sells fast! Good luck!

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