We Sold Our House!

In an economy where so many houses sit on the market, lonely and sad and dragging down their owners with them, we beat the odds and SOLD OUR HOUSE this week!

It happened so quickly, it almost might look “easy” to a casual observer. But let me tell you, transforming a totally messy, dirty, toy-infested house into a staged, real estate-ready model home was no easy feat. I literally spent an entire week decluttering, moving stuff into storage, cleaning, and decorating (per our wonderful stager’s direction) until the house looked perfect. As good as it could possibly look.

Where were the kids all this time? At the sitter’s or with my parents, mostly. Thank God for them. What do parents without such support do when they’re trying to sell their houses? My heart goes out to those folks.

And what about my work (you know, the freelance writing I’ve been doing full-time since last fall)? Well, it got done. Barely. I don’t know how. It’s all a blur.

So after all that, we listed the house Friday morning. By Saturday night, we had two offers, one of which we happily accepted at full asking price. I KNOW!

All I can say is, without the help of our agent and her team, my family and our sitter Karen, we wouldn’t have been able to do it. Hooray for them!

Now we are actively searching for our new home. We think we have a winner, but we’re going back tomorrow for a second look to make sure it’s the right one. It will be so awesome to have all this upheaval over and done, when we are all moved in to a nice big house and everyone can relax. For now, though, things will probably continue to be a little crazy until the dealin’s done.

8 thoughts on “We Sold Our House!

  1. Jensational says:

    Congratulations! I'm hoping to put my place up this summer and I have absolutely no family here at all. I haven't the slightest idea how I'm going to get everything ready or what the hell I'm going to do with the dog during open house days. I'm in denial.

  2. I hear you Girl!

    We are under contract (as of yesterday!!!) and keeping a house clean while working FT and having 2 kids underfoot is killer! We were on the market exactly 17 days. But we spent at least twice as long prepping, moving, painting, repairing and cleaning.

    Congrats! I can honestly say I know EXACTLY how you feel!

  3. Yay! WE want to put ours on the market next spring and I am DREADING the prep. And we have no family in town, plus that's husband's busy season. Between book marketing and house stuff, we'll have my mom living with us for months!

  4. @Jensational – It is not easy. We made it clear to our realtor that we wanted to sell FAST (which means you have to do everything she says, as long as she knows what she's talking about). Then you can just go stay at a hotel for the weekend while showings are going on. We stayed with my folks, which helped a lot.

    @LabMom – Congrats! Yes, we clearly had very similar experiences.

    @Sara – Next spring?! You have all the time in the world, girl ….

  5. MasonMetu - www.masonmetu.com says:

    That is great news and what an adorable house but I can't even imagine decluttering my house – I can't even get my bedroom painted. I have a new bedspread that has been sitting in my closet for 2 years since I can't seem to get myself motivated to paint. Yes, I should just pay someone but then I still have to get the room ready to paint. Congrats!

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