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10 April 2007 @ 02:47 pm
Open House Postponed - Whew  
Our Realtor isn't available this weekend to be here for the open house, so rather than try to scramble to get someone else less motivated to be here, he suggested we postpone a week. They will be having another city-wide open house in May, so we don't lose much. It takes some pressure off us and the renovations contractor, and gives us some time to finish things up.

I have to say I'm relieved.

Meanwhile, we have cleaned a chunk of the garage and taken another van load (or two) to the Storage Unit. We've arranged for the window washing once everything is painted inside. The front door is polyurethaned (and looks as beautiful as we expected it to). The kitchen cabinet recoloring proceeds apace, and the house remains a pit - the upstairs is the cleanest and most well-organized right now since we haven't put anything back unless we really, really need it there.

I need to put in the ad for the Yard Sale for Friday and Saturday. The "For Sale" sign still goes in front on Wednesday night.

We're off and running...
 
 
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: WI v SA Cricket World Cup
 
 
 
markiv1111 on April 10th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Contact stuff
Were the two of you aware that I've had your phone number memorized (in the old home town) for years? I don't have a specific thing to call you about in your new home, but would like to get that number and memorize it as well, so the phone conversation can happen easily and naturally when the time is right. And maybe at some point when Louie and I go down to Chicago next, we can *really* reconnect.

Nate B.
Oreoukoreouk on April 10th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Can you explain this open house thing and all the work you're doing on the house? The advice I've always been given is that it's not worth doing stuff to your house because the person who buys it may have a different vision and that one rarely makes a return on the investment (in that it doesn't increase the value of the property in line with the amount spent on it).

Is it different because your house is large or something about the nature of the housing market there?

Here you put your house on the market, people come and look at it until someone makes an offer you're willing to accept and then it moves forward from there, depending on the results of surveys and things run by the buyer (assuming you're honourable and don't take a better offer that comes along later, but that's a different issue).

I'm confused.
msminlrmsminlr on April 10th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
I think the conversation that answers your questions is to be found here, a few days back.

Basically, the work being done is catching-up on a bunch of odd ends of maintenance that kept getting postponed by Real Life while Bill and Brenda were living in the house.
Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on April 10th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Here you put your house on the market, people come and look at it until someone makes an offer you're willing to accept and then it moves forward from there, depending on the results of surveys and things run by the buyer (assuming you're honourable and don't take a better offer that comes along later, but that's a different issue).

Yes, it works the same way here. An "open house" is essentially an advertised day where people come to see your house all at once. It's a good thing in that you can be completely prepared for it (smelly cat things well put away, house completely cleaned, and so forth) and it also can draw more people if a group of houses have open house at the same time in the same general area (buyers' agents can get them to more houses in a short period of time).

As msminlr says, a lot of what we're doing is just fixing things that needed fixing but couldn't really happen when 7 people and assorted animals lived here. I can't even imagine (though ladyat and I discussed it last night) how we could have replaced the carpet previously without hiring a front-end loader and demolition crew to get through the kids ... er ... stuff.

We're upgrading a couple of things (the kitchen counters were falling apart and instead of replacing them with corian we're using granite, for instance), but in general what we are doing is the same thing they do on House Doctor - we're neutralizing the house so that it looks ready to be moved into without any work needing to be done and so that people can imagine their stuff in this house.

We're spending a bit of money, but we hope that it will make the house sell faster. We are both ready to move but can't really do so until we aren't paying multiple mortgages any more.
Oreoukoreouk on April 11th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! And good luck for a speedy sale.
archiver_timarchiver_tim on April 12th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
At least Atlanta is an area that is growing. Now up to 10th largest metro area, and as you said before, with only the Atlantic ocean to stop it to the east. So hopefully you got demand. Detroit area is one that slipped in population, with Detroit's Wayne county (to the east of me in Ann Arbor), having the biggest drop in population, only exceeded by Katrina-hit counties. I have seen houses in this neighborhood be on the market for over 6 months to a year, with some giving up and going rental until market turns around.

-Ryan