Home Selling is Hell

We've all watched real estate TV and think we know what selling a house is like. Between Bravo and HGTV, we can probably see half a dozen brokers' open houses and general open houses each weekend.

None of those really prepared me for what it has been like selling a house. Perhaps it's because I'm a blogger and a bit of a perfectionist, but I wrote a solid page of projects that had to get done by the time the condo hit the MLS. We've organized, we've patched nail holes, planted boxwoods outside, cleaned the patio, freshened up the paint, and we've organized cabinets and closets. It's exhausting! Thank goodness we only had to organize and make things pretty.

I'm thankful that I staged and took pictures two weeks ago so we don't have the added pressure of a photographer showing up. It's also nice to have a "goal" picture to get back to.

This weekend, this is what the dining area looked like as we tackled all of those little projects:

By tomorrow morning, everything will be back to staged. It might mean another night of very little sleep, but it'll be worth it knowing that people will be able to see how much we love our little home and how carefully we've taken care of it over the last seven years.

Have you sold a house before? What were the best and worst parts of the experience?


  1. Any property anywhere in the world will sell the day it goes on the market if priced right. If it doesn't sell, you're asking too much. How hard is that to understand? Apparently very.

  2. We moved back to Virginia and put our house in Pennsylvania on the market while we were here. It went on the market in the second week in January and stayed buried in snow for 3 months but we listed at a low price. Once the weather turned it sold quickly but the realtor was infuriating, insisting I sell at the first lowball offer. I am not looking forward to doing it again. Best of luck to you.

  3. Raina @ If the Lamp Shade FitsAugust 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    I had the world's worst realtor when we gave it a shot last year. He was trading on a once great reputation and was now so shady we debated suing him.

    I am completely against open houses for privacy and security reasons. I figure anyone who wants to see my house can make an appointment.

    I also have an issue with realtor "go-see" appointments where they're scouting out of curiosity or for a busy client. A realtor relative told me I didn't have to leave my house for those types of visits.

  4. People are apt to be at different points in their home buying process, so I'm not sure that's a universal truth. Regardless, we definitely buy into the best practice of organizing and making everything pretty for our home's next owner's visit. :)

  5. Raina @ If the Lamp Shade FitsAugust 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    You're a better woman than me. ;)

  6. Oh Sharon, two years! My agent told me that there is a home somewhere east of town that's been on the market for four years! Amazing.

  7. My wonderful, quirky home in Ivy took almost 2 years to sell - the real estate market had been turned upside down, and people were very nervous about purchasing a home. The biggest pain was having to keep things in order for that period of time - the original open house for agents brought in over 50 people and my broker and I were very optimistic....then, prospective buyer after buyer loved my home, but there was always 1 thing which kept them from making an offer - whether it was being too close to Rt. 250, or too many bedrooms or not enough....whatever....of course, it eventually sold - I practically (in my eyes) gave it away, but it was time to move on. My agent insisted on other brokers calling her first to set up an appt. - that worked pretty well, but bottom line was that I still had to keep everything pretty neat....and stuffing things into closets and closing the door fast wouldn't work because everyone opens those doors to see what's inside! Also, I was concerned that my cats would get outside - I left signs at each door, warning people to not let them get out. Then, the week before the closing, the entire water filtration system blew up, costing me $4000! Other than that, it was a breeze. Your place is a gem - keep us posted!


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