This is not the first time we’ve sold a house. It is, however, the first time we’ve sold our house out from under ourselves, with three children living in it! All our other properties have been rented by the time we’ve put them on the market, so the pain of home opens, inspections and keeping the darn thing tidy hasn’t been ours to worry about. It is this time.
The first week was a major decluttering binge before the cleaning could even START to occur. We’ve got rid of a bit of junk already, but there’s a lot more to go I reckon (and the shed is pretty packed. I know there’s boxes in there already marked to get rid of, just haven’t got there yet!). That big declutter was a major help though, because keeping the house TIDY without all the crap in it is heaps easier, as is the cleaning that goes on before every inspection and home open, because there’s less to rehome before the cleaning can occur!
We’ve had five home opens now (two on the long weekend) and the agent has been pretty pleased with the number of people through. We’ve also had a few separate inspections, but no offers yet. This doesn’t actually surprise me. The market is fairly depressed right now, and we live in an area where there are new estates popping up all over. Our house has advantages and disadvantages to people looking. It’s an older property, and so doesn’t have that open plan living that so many of the new places have (nor, it must be said, all the wonderful internal storage space…). But because it’s older, it is far better built than most of what’s being chucked up these days, and it’s on a bigger block. It’s got fully established front and back lawns, plus the pool and shed out the back. Most new places these days have no room for all that, so that’s a plus. Even though we’ve only been here two years, we’ve done a fair bit of fixer-upping – a bit of plumbing and electrical replacing, new back patio, upgrading pool stuff, some tiling, new paint and window coverings and so on. But we know there’s still more that really needs doing (like revamping kitchen and bathrooms, and DEFINITELY new carpets). If we start moving into that territory now, we’re absolutely looking at lost money, because the value of the house really isn’t going to change that much, no matter what else we put into it. It’d probably sell easier, but we wouldn’t make any more profit from it. So it’s just not worth the money.
I’ve said from the start that it’ll be a certain type of person who buys this place. It has to be someone who wants to buy, not build; who wants character and an established place (in a lovely location) over modern and new. I reckon a young family or a semi-retired couple (and probably people from the UK!) will be our best bet. We just have to find them – or have them find us, more probably 🙂
We’re luckier than some – we’re moving because we want to, and we don’t have any deadlines on us. We have good jobs here, and no urgency to leave except that which we put on ourselves. So we can afford to wait until the right buyers come along. It gives me more time to get rid of the junk, I guess!