Post # 1
Anyone else have their house on the market?!
Ours was listed on Saturday. There was a problem though with the MLS photo uploader, so our photos didn’t post until Monday. We had a realtor drop by on Monday (Labor Day) unexpectedly with prospective buyers, so we had to quickly clean up and take the dog for a walk so they could tour the house. I was actually napping at the time (7 mo. pregnant), so it was really a surprise. The following day we had another short-notice showing, but luckily I was still home and was able to clean and take the dog to daycare before anyone came over. I haven’t heard about any more showings and now have this (probably irrational) fear that nobody else is going to come look at our house and that it’s never going to sell. That’s crazy, right?! Surely more people will come look over the weekend?!
Our house is very clean, but I can’t stop cleaning… now I know what if feels like to have OCD. I am literally obsessed with cleaning the place at all times… I really need it to sell quickly before I go insane!
Post # 3
Shouldn’t they call before showing up?
We are going to sell our house now and I am not looking forward to it… LOL
My house is completely empty so I don’t have to do anything but sweep and damp mop once in a while!
Post # 4
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It is stressful, but hopefully it will be over quickly. Good luck!
Post # 5
@happyface: Yes, they should have had an appointment and not just shown up. I guess the buyer’s realtor left a message for our realtor around noon, didn’t hear back, and around 3:30 decided just to show up. Kind of annoying, but we weren’t about to turn away prospective buyers.
It will be much easier to keep the house clean when nobody is living in it – I’m jealous! However, I will say that when we were looking at houses, we generally liked the ones with furniture better. Is there any way you could stage it?
Post # 6
You’re right. It is SOO stressful!
My house was on the market for almost a full year before it finally was under contract. During that time I was working full time, trying to have an LDR with my now Darling Husband, planning and buying things for my wedding (which I instantly had to hide in my closet, and I could not really enjoy looking at them!), having my bridal showers (and having nowhere to put things I brought home from my showers so that I could enjoy looking at them — I had to buy big, plastic, opaque tubs and hide everything in the garage), getting married, and then living in two states from homes that were three hours apart, while working full time and commuting six hours every week until after my house sold. It was so hard to always be packing, unpacking, doing laundry, etc. all the while keeping my house looking perfect at all times. In fact, I finally had reached my limit for the two weeks before my wedding and the week after my honeymoon, when I just stopped allowing any showings during that time.
I can’t imagine how families with small children survive the process, and I’m sure it has been extra stressful on you, because you are pregnant.
Post # 7
Good luck on selling your house!
Post # 8
OMGosh, we are (fingers crossed) listing our house the end of this month. I’m so scared of how stressful it will be. Right now we are doing repairs and I know I will go OCD on cleaning. Darling Husband is not a cleaning person and makes messes with everything he does! I know it’s going to be very stressful on our marriage and I foresee me getting pretty short tempered with him.
I wouldn’t worry that no one else will come. I’m sure if you had two in such short time, this weekend will bring a lot more! Best of luck!
Post # 9
@78h2o: stage it? No my mom doesn’t want to. (We’re co-owners) It is completely empty because renovations were done and the floors redone, painting all over, doors rehung, kitchen gutted and new cupboards and ceramic floors put in, so everything had to go for the guys to have room to do the work. So nothing is going back in!!! LOL
And I used to watch all the house staging shows on TV and loved them…. sigh
Post # 10
We’re listing ours this weekend- just got news that Darling Husband got a promotion!:) We’re hoping for a quick sell bc I want to be in a new house by March when the baby comes. Luckily, like you I have a clean house normally (most people would probably think it was overly clean!) but I can already see myself obsessing! Hopefully we’ll find a good buyer (with a good offer!) quickly. Good luck!
Post # 11
We were the crazy people who put our house on the market three weeks before the wedding. It was a pain in the-you-know-what, because we had to keep the place spotless, and all of the last minute details for the wedding had to be put away each night and hidden, just in case of last minute showings. All of our showings seemed to be at really inconvenient times too – we could be away for most of the day, but people wanted to view it in the one hour window we could have potentially been home. Like you, I had irrational fears that we wouldn’t get any showings, so we were super accomodating, but MAN, and do I dread ever having to go through the process again (only next time, it will be that much more difficult, with at least one child on the scene by then!).
Post # 12
We aren’t but I wish we were! So ready to get this house off our hands (FI bought it long before he met me). I’m scared to sell because I’m sure we will take a hit. Good luck to you guys! We are in MD too! 🙂
Post # 13
We just closed on the sale of our home a few weeks ago. It was such a stressful time for me. I too had prospective buyers show up out of the blue, and the couple that eventually bought the house came and saw it several times. The worst day out of the whole experience was after we got a contract with the buyers. They scheduled a “quick walkthrough” so I cleaned the house and piled the dogs in the car. Apparently by “quick walkthrough” they meant that they were interviewing potential contractors for several renovations they wanted to make. They were in the house for almost 5 hours (while I was just cruising with the dogs waiting to go home) and when I finally got to go home the floors were a disaster and our things were all just shoved out of the way on the floor.
Post # 14
Ok first off…that realtor was super rude! I know how you feel though, you don’t want to turn away showings because you’re afraid then the house won’t sell.
We just sold our house and from the first day it was on the market, we had 2-3 showings every day. I tried to be positive about it because it meant people liked our house…but I got so tired of it! A lot of our showings were right around dinner time, which meant we either had to go out to eat or not eat dinner until 830 or so. Plus, every time I left the house to go anywhere, I felt like I had to scrub it down, just in case we got a call to see the house while we were out.
Fortunately, it was only on the market for 10 days…now we’re just going through the inspection and appraisal and will be closing at the end of the month. THANK GOD.
Post # 15
@Brielle: @Shosha1: OMG, I cannot imagine selling a house a few weeks before my wedding… how stressful!!!! You are both Superwoman!
@Yellow.Clover: Thanks! The funny thing is that my Darling Husband is usually the big neat freak, but now roles are reversed and I’m the OCD one. He keeps getting annoyed with me for hiding his stuff that he leaves out! He keeps telling me to relax about the cleaning… I told him now he knows how I always felt, lol!
@happyface: You will probably be fine without staging, especially if the flooring is all new… it was more the emtpy houses with older carpet that we didn’t like! Sounds like you guys have done a lot of work – bet it looks nice!
@MRSLMA: Congrats to your Darling Husband re: the promotion! How exciting! Will you be moving very far away? The whole buying/selling thing has been a little nuts when coupled with pregnancy hormones/fatigue/inability to paint, etc., but hopefully it will all be worth it! I’m crossing my fingers that both of our houses will sell quickly!
@MrsWBS: Thanks! I think the market is picking up in Maryland…hopefully you won’t have a problem.
@cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d: Oh my, how annoying! Having a pet makes it so much more difficult. I can’t imagine having to sell with kids as well. That was part of what motivated us to sell now vs. after baby is born.
@bellasperanza: Congrats on selling your house! Wow, 2-3 showing per day?! I was hoping for something like that, but we’ve only had 3 so far (and one scheduled for tomorrow)… but I guess this is a slower time of year. I am the same way where I cannot leave the house unless it’s sparkling clean and in perfect order… just IN CASE someone calls and wants to see it while we’re away! SO hoping for a quick sale! I’m jealous of your 10 days, that’s awesome.
Well, we had a showing #3 last night and apparently they asked for the disclosure forms and will let us know tomorrow if they are going to make an offer. Couple #1 said they were going to sleep on it, but we haven’t heard anything since. Showing #4 is scheduled for tomorrow. FINGERS CROSSED!!!!
Post # 16
We will be buying a house soon.