Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Priced to Sell

I HATE that phrase right now.

As of today the house is on the market.

It is actually laughable at the moment because the garage is STILL not organized and cleaned up and the front bedroom is stacked 4 feet high with garage sale donations for the Girl Scout garage sale coming this weekend....and will remain there until Friday. You can't even get into that room.
(And its even worse now!!)

So - priced to sell. That means listed at a price that is going to cost me $1600 at the table. That's if it sells for list price.

I guess I'm having a hard time with that because we under priced a neighbor with a smaller house and less work (storage building with loft on cement slab, extra side drive, extended patio...etc). So yes - it is priced to sell.

So why couldn't we list it $1600 higher to break even????

I know, I know. Because we want it to sell. Today. Or tomorrow. Not sit on the market. $1600 once is better than paying a $1100 a month mortgage after we are gone. But still. And yes, I know we have only been in the house 2 years so we sort of expected this. But still.

The good news? All that extra stuff and serious cleaning......I no longer feel COMPELLED that it must happen.

Fix the gate? No thanks. We'll leave you the fridge.

Professionally clean the carpets? Um, I have a green machine in the garage...that shall do.

Scrub baseboards? Not.

Move all appliances and clean underneath? Nope.

So, in a way its freeing. Because if we were selling to break even I'd do all this and more. Right now, I don't want to do a thing extra -- the house is clean and uncluttered. For a loss, the buyer can do the small details.

Wish us luck. I'd like this thing sold before we move. Life will be pretty unbearable otherwise. Paying a mortgage and renting will put us in a pretty ugly place.

On a fun note....after updating the bulletin board, I decided to tackle the mouse pad. It was bad ya'll!! I was going to take a before picture and couldn't do it. It had tea stains and who knows what. But now its fixed thanks to a tutorial on the internet that I had printed off about 6 months ago...and meant to get to. So, I used left over fabric from the board and now its all matchy-matchy.


  1. When we put our first house on the market, I remember looking around after we got it all spiffed up and thinking, "why did we want to move again?" Oh, the irony. Your plan is better.

  2. I'll be praying it sells soon. And I like your attitude. :)

  3. I will definitely be praying. Good thing all your money is God's, huh? :) I like your mouse pad. Cute!

  4. I'm praying for you Autumn. I know this must be a very stressful time.

    On a happier note, your mouse pad is very cute. "Snazzy," as Bee would say.

  5. Good luck! Understand that there needs to be sweat equity in exchange for a lower price.