This will not be a normal week on this blog. Since half the world is away at RWA in San Francisco, I think we'll do without markets and writing news this week in lieu of life in general.
So I interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to bring you the latest on how to prepare a house for sale.
I've discovered there is a whole other subculture when it comes to buying and selling houses. Last week, I learned about staging, how to decorate a house to make it ready to sell.
I am a pretty fair decorator, in as much that when people walk into my home I get the usual ahhs and oohs. But last week, my friend Mel, taught me about staging.
We walked room by room and she rattled off a list of things I needed to move out, move around or change. Gar, my precious gargoyle, which we've had in one home or another for our entire married life--GONE. A huge old English oak sideboard--GONE.
My paintings were in the wrong rooms. And an enormous Chinese enameled bowl got a new address. Even my studio was rearranged to showcase a painting "in progress" next to a meticulously staged still life of paintbrushes and palette.
What we couldn't change right away, I took down as notes.
My dear, dear friend is taking an entire day off from work just so she can help me "dress" the house this coming Friday. Is that a true friend, or what?
Even though the house wasn't ready, the realtor already had people interested in seeing it. I hope that's a good sign.
My next door neighbor is also selling his house. I think his has prettier landscaping, but we have more elegant touches inside our home. The bathroom is entirely custom with marble walls, a spa tub and his and hers vanities. The kitchen is gorgeous, with brand new cabinets and a marble and tumbled stone backsplash. It too was specially customized.
It pays to sleep with a really handy guy. :o)
I'll try to post some pictures by Saturday so I can show off some of the things Greg has built for me.
In the coming weeks I'll post a few updates, especially if I learn anything useful that you can use too.
Buying a house: We've bought quite a few homes in our lifetime, but this last one has to be very special. Greg and I have agreed that we do not want to settle for "okay". We want a home that will be comfortable, a town that is friendly and city services that are dependable.
We found one. We're not ready to put a bid on it yet because it's only been on the market a couple of weeks. But it definitely rates at the top of our search.
The one thing I've learned about shopping for homes is that you have to visit quite a few in order to establish a feel for what you like, and what you don't like. And then of course, you have to think about your significant other. How do his desires fit in?
It's been a very long and hard week when it comes to house hunting and selling. But we're definitely in the ballpark of goals.
More house updates (and pictures) by Saturday for sure!
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