Operation: sell this house

Thursday, June 6, 2013

When I accepted CK's marriage proposal I gained a handsome future husband, an adorable future step-daughter and the acceptance that I'm going to be selling my townhouse so we can all move into a different house together as a new family.

In the last month or so, between all my travels, I've been slowly but surely prepping my townhouse to be put on my market.
Painting thanks to Paint the USA!

My initial checklist:

- Exterior painting and sealing - CHECK 
- Interior painting and touch-ups - CHECK 
- Carpet cleaning - CHECK 
- Hire a cleaning service for a good deep cleaning - CHECK 
- Plant flowers and mulch - CHECK
- Pick a real estate agent - CHECK 
- De-clutter closets - almost a check but not quite done

All in all I'm feeling good, CK and I are trying to figure out our budget, have been browsing listings for our possible next home and are anxiously waiting to finally be under the same roof after 3+ years of dating.

That being said, it could be months till that actually happens. Who knows when my place will sell or when we'll find something we both like to buy.

I also may or may not be secretly hoping it doesn't sell until after summer so I can enjoy my little urban backyard and the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood for as long as possible.

It'll happen when it happens though - wish me luck and let me know if I'm missing anything!

Happy Thursday, kids.


19 comments:

  1. One thing I wish we would've done, before selling our house is to hire an inspection company to come through and tell us what they found so we could fix the issues. Little things like furnace check-up & air conditioner plugs.

    We got a full price offer initially after one week on market. The couple hired a CLE inspection company that online wrote "we are deal breakers". Literally. They are famous for finding tiny issues and re-writing them into huge issues. (Like our furnace needed to be replaced - not true). The report scared off the buyers and tied us up for months. It was awful. They said all our windows (on a 20 year old home) needed to be replaced but we had lifetime Anderson windows.

    We were left with an inspection report from this horrible company that we had do reveal to every other potential buyer. And a list of everything we fixed from the report. It was a night mare.

    But it looks like you are a newer built. Beautiful! I will always hire an inspection company to walk through before selling a house now. Only because I still have nightmares about the process lol. I wish you all the best Alexa and a smooth ride ahead in your fun journey. Enjoy that garden as much as you can. Gorg!

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    1. oh my goodness is this great advice - i will most definitely look into this, it's smart!

      i'm sorry you had to go through with this but i do know it has a happy ending, right? xo

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    3. My wife and I both did this prior to selling our homes and moving in together... it made the sale go FAST. Both homes were sold after a week on the market. Of course, they were other markets since neither of us lived in Cleveland before. I highly recommend doing this.

      We still haven't purchased in CLE but may start looking around soon. Reach out to me when you have listing price to talk about... www.slamminadventure.com

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  2. Don't forget to leave beer for potential buyers who are looking at your house! :)

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    1. I remember you doing this - SUCH a good idea!!! I'll try anything :)

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  3. Great looking home! How about serving some bubbles too? It's sure to do the trick.

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    1. I think you'd love it allison, just sayin'.... ;)

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  4. So exciting, Alexa! You're selling your first home so you can buy a new one with your future husband for your future family - holy cow, that's a lot of big words! =)

    OHmommy's advice about getting an inspector is interesting. I think her situation was in that 1% of "are you kidding me?" stories. Good inspectors will tell buyers it's their job to uncover as much as possible - not to deter them from buying the home, but so buyers go into a purchase with as much knowledge as possible. My only warning about hiring an inspector is to realize that (unfortunately) every inspector will uncover their own laundry list of things to fix, so just because you go through that process doesn't necessarily mean you're alleviating future issues that surface from a buyer's inspection.

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    1. you're always helping me see things differently, nilsa - always :)

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  5. Love LOVE your place, Alexa! If Jose and I were in the market, we'd so want to live there :) wishing you the very best of luck!! xo

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  6. Aw, your little urban backyard is adorable. Not having porch/patio/balcony is the one thing I hate about my downtown apartment. Too bad I'm so not in the market for a house.

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  7. i have alwasy admired these townhouses...i wish i was in the market to buy ;) but wishing you the best of luck!!

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  8. We literally just sold Mark's house yesterday! We handed over the keys yesterday and I officially have a roommate!

    I can totally relate about the decluttering of closets and all that fun stuff. at least you are both trying to cram into one house like we are! they say that there is a shortage of houses to buy right now so hopefully that means you'll be able to sell yours in a reasonable amount of time and for a good price.

    Selling your house will probably not be the most fun thing you ever do in your life but it will definitely be worth it!

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  9. What an exciting time!! Good luck with the sale!! (The former owners of our home didn't leave beer while we were looking but left a bottle of bubbles for us after we were all signed off :) )

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  10. What an exciting time! That's awesome you are checking off all of those big to-dos. Being nice to your potential buyers is a bonus - when we toured our house for the first time the owners left fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies out for us! They were really tasty and the house just smelled like cookies, so that obviously made me like it more ;) Unlike the people who cooked tacos and then lit candles five minutes before we got there - barf!

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  11. Small world! I've been house hunting and our realtor just sent me your listing :)

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