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Monday, September 23, 2013

das Haus verlassen, #8

It's been an odd weekend.  Really odd.  I got a call earlier in the week about a potential buyer for my home, so I took Friday afternoon off to get the house ready.  Then there was Saturday morning, which started at "God Awful Early O'Clock" and consisted on more cleaning and the like.  Bug-out time was 10:40 am, upon my return some time after noon, there was definitely evidence that a real, actual potential buyer had been here:

  • A usually unlocked door has been locked.
  • My bedroom door was open.  Note that this thrilled my cat, as he is not allowed in my bedroom due to my extreme cat allergy.  I noticed that, on my bed, there was a cat-butt sized indentation on the quilt. 
  • The showing real estate agent left her car for me in the kitchen.
Speaking of my cat, he was thoroughly and completely wigged out upon my return.  Now I don't have what one would consider a lap-cat, but he was all over me for a few hours after returning home.  I think we (the cat and I) are far too used to each other's idiosyncrasies.

I do hope that the house sells before too long, as the whole sale process takes so much in terms of mental and physical energy.  Now on the plus side, it is most definitely one of those "gifts of patience" that you get in life from time to time.  You know, these are the moments when you really want something to happen now, but in reality you have no choice but to wait...and wait...and maybe wait some more.  And so it goes, I am waiting.  I know that in this day and age (unlike the mostly pre-Internet era when I bought this house) most home shopping is actually done on-line; the actual home showing seems to be more of an affirmation of what a buyer likes or confirmation of the worst.  In my case, let's hope for the best.

What's equally odd about this whole situation is that as I am trying to sell, I am also looking for a house.  I do need somewhere to live when this place belongs to someone else.  Having that "buyer mentality" I think has helped me in my sale preparations.  My biggest objective in getting this house ready has been to have it be worth the price I am asking for it.  By and large I think I've accomplished that, and then some.  In point of fact this house is actually worth more than what I am asking for it; the discount is intended to reflect the fact that I want to sell the house sooner rather than later.  I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed.

Anyway, I'm ready to do this whole sale-preparation thing again, and again, and again...if needed.  As they say in he movies, "fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride".  

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