So everyone knows that just a few months ago we were in the throws of selling our house. Listen, I knew when we made the decision to move to Boston that this would be a crazy time in our lives. I knew that my personality is NOT geared toward waiting while we “find the right buyer”. I was prepared for feeling helpless, out of control, and anxious. I was totally prepared…until it happened. I was great for about 3 weeks and then started to lose my cool needing multiple self pep talks numerous times a day!
Recently Ben and I were reminiscing on those times and we couldn’t help but chuckle when we thought of all the silly things we (and by that I mean I) did while we were in that holding pattern. I am sure if you have ever sold your house, you can relate. As I look back through this time, I have decided that I need to embrace it, smile, and poke fun at myself for the crazy things I am guilty of.
I am guilty of:
1. Vacumming the floors right before a showing so that when you come in after one you can see if there are foot prints on the carpet and how many different kinds. Clearly if it was a family (including a child), they would be more interested your house and all of the fingerprints that go with it;)
2. Closing the doors upstairs just in case an agent doesn’t leave their card, then you’ll know that they were there. (Thanks to my fellow Type A bestie for that tip;) It worked many times. Come on, WHO doesn’t leave their card?
3. Just in case the door trick fails, you always have the fall back of first hand accounts as you drive around the neighborhood acting like you are lost every time you pass the house. Then, as you drive around the back side of the property you wish with all your might that you’ll catch a glimpse of them walking around outside – clearly that’s a good sign!
4. BUT if you weren’t available to drive around the neighborhood AND they didn’t leave a card, you always have the extra fall back of the neighborhood spies that you recruited to tell you if the people walking through were old or young, had kids or not, stayed long, and most importantly looked jovial upon exit.
5. Baking right before a showing to make the house smell good. Then offering some for the potential buyers with a cute “Help Yourself” sign. Some of the favorites: Smores Cookies (how could you resist?), Snickerdoodles, and Banana Blueberry Muffins.
6. Burying St. Joseph face down in your front flower bed but only after digging through a good 18 inches of hard snow to get to the frozen solid ground. AND then registering said St. Joseph on the Registry <–yes, that is a thing.
7. Calling your real estate agent an average of 3 times a day because clearly selling YOUR house is his or her TOP priority. Bless their heart, selling your house is actually their easiest task. Being your sanity is much more difficult.
8. Making the kids draw a picture that you just happen to hang front and center on the refrigerator consisting of the three of them all with conversation bubbles reading, “We hope you like our house”.
And then…not a single one of these becomes the reason they bought your house. It just was…meant to be. But, it gets you through.