I just realized it’s been two weeks since I last posted anything about our house sale. Things are moving fast. In my last post on this topic, we had completed our first open house. (I started writing this and then decided to wait before posting as we had some offers come in, and I didn’t want to share things publicly until everything solidified.)
The listing went up on Monday after the first open house. That week we averaged two showings per day. The area we live in is very popular due to the active community and good schools. That is certainly helping our house get some attention. When we sold our first house, we were lucky to have two or three showings per month.
On the Sunday after our listing went live, we had another open house. We had a steady stream of people visit during the open house. I didn’t keep track of how many people came, but it was more than the first open house. Another realtor in the area mentioned she had more traffic at open houses on Sundays, so that may have been part of the reason.
The week following the second open house, we had one showing every other day. So less than the first week, which was actually somewhat of a relief. It’s a bit exhausting to keep the house completely spotless all the time, and to keep track of all the showings. My wife and I setup a shared calendar on our phones so we could stay in sync.
At this point we have interest from four buyers. (at the time of my first writing two weeks after listing). We don’t have any actual written offers, but it’s looking good. I suspect we will have one soon.
It’s happening a little quicker than I expected. I’m a little nervous at this point because it’s starting to get real. Getting the realtor, listing the house, and showing the house felt real too, but now that we have people expressing real interest it feels really real, if you know what I mean.
One of the potential offers would have us closing in mid April. Once we get an official offer with an escrow, we’ll have to start packing. I think we can pack pretty quickly. We’ve been through the exercise enough times in the past few years that we are getting good at it.
My wife and I are looking forward to moving on. Apartment life was better for us, and we are ready to get back to it. Even so, there is some sadness in leaving this house. It was the only house in the area that either of us really liked, and it will be sad to leave.
As you can see, emotions are mixed. Logically, we are doing what is best for us, but emotionally things get jumbled up.
My realtor called as I was typing this, and we have two offers. He is going to ask each for the highest and best offer. We should hear back tomorrow. Now it got really really real. (this is where I left off before deciding to wait on posting.)
Now we’ll pick up with today. We picked the best of the two offers. The inspection and appraisal have been completed. We are waiting to hear the final details on the title work and on the appraisal. At this point everything looks solid, and after the final details come through we will start the move.
We picked out an apartment that we like. The apartment manager is working with us and being flexible on the move in date. I think they are being a little more accommodating since we lived there before. The new apartment we picked out ended up being directly above our old apartment. We’ll be on the third floor this time, whereas we were on the first floor before.
We started selling items on craigslist over the weekend. We have some things that we bought for use in the house that we won’t need in the apartment. Some items have sold already, and others are still listed. I’ll leave the items up a little longer and then start dropping the price to get them sold. All are priced low already, but we’re more interested in getting rid of them than making a profit, so we are willing to drop them further to get them sold.
Packing is the next item on our list. We bought moving boxes at Lowes, spending $110 for boxes and packing paper. It’s worth it to buy moving boxes as it makes packing, stacking, and moving much easier.
A major decluttering win – I finally convinced my wife to get rid of our dishes and start using our china. The china has been a pet peeve of mine as it basically sat unused for 18 years. We’ve used it maybe two or three times during that time. We typically use paper plates and bowls, as the cleanup is easier. So on top of that we had a set of dishes that we rarely use plus the china. Now our china will be used when we don’t use the paper plates.
We are also going to get rid of our champaign flutes. Like the china, these were a wedding gift, and are rarely used, yet we hung onto them over the years. Our stemware will now consist of two wine glasses and a few winter themed glasses that my wife likes to use for Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings. Those are rarely used also, but we compromised on keeping those and getting rid of the champaign flutes.
As I start packing boxes, I’m going to be on the lookout for anything else that can be decluttered.
That’s all for now. I’ll have more updates as we continue with the sale and the move.