"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Who Knew?

Well, it has been an incredibly busy day here in Drosche Land as we prepare for the meeting with the realtor tomorrow afternoon.  We have been bustin' it to get the house ready, or as ready as it can be.  Who knew that selling a house was going to be so tiresome and crazy?  A lot of people I'm sure.  It is still bewildering to me that in order to sell a house, it has to look like no one lives there, like it's a model home.  When everyone knows full well that people live there!  Crazy!  It is what it is I guess though.  Amy and I do find it comical that our house looks so different with so much of our stuff removed.  Every time we leave and come back we walk in and are a little taken aback by it! 

We continued with the cleaning, organizing, packing, and general de-personalization of our house today.  The laundry room/pantry, kitchen, dining room, living room, and both the front and back yards are done.  I guess I could have just said the entire first floor, oh well.  Cut me some slack, we've been busy.  After much debate I finally admitted defeat to Amy and acknowledged the fact that she was correct (stop grinning Amy) and took down the cross wall and all of the family pictures in the stairway.  Yeah yeah yeah, nobody buying a house actually wants to recognize that someone actually lives there.  I know, but still it is hard to start packing everything up while not knowing when we will even be moving.  But Amy keeps me going by reminding me that everyday is one day less until we move, regardless of when it will be.  However, taking down all of those things just led to more drama.  No pictures/crosses means nails must come out of the wall.  Nails out of the wall means spackling and touch up painting.  That requires the special paint that KB used (KB White by Sherwin Williams).  So we travel out to get that along with mulch for the front beds and sod for the back yard flower bed we are tearing out.  An unpleasant surprise greets us at Sherwin Williams - they don't have/make/sell KB White anymore.  Say what?!  Yeah so now what?  Grrrr argh!  So after consulting some Behr paint samples we find two we think are close so we bought little sample jars to test - something else we didn't make it to.  So, we will continue that adventure tomorrow.  

On the bright side we mulched the front beds and they look great, tore out the bed in the back yard and sodded it over and it looks great, treated weeds in the patio and it is all set!  Tomorrow after church we will kick it into warp speed and finish random tidying/hiding/cleaning and hopefully we will be ready for the realtor at 2:00 p.m.  I'm excited and nervous.  Excited because it is the next step in this adventure and we badly want to get the process rolling and get the house sold.  Nervous because who knows what could happen?  We know how much we owe on the house and we are not looking to make a profit, just get out without having to pay much, if anything to do so.  Hopefully the realtor can help us do that.  I'm happy because he is one of Dave Ramsey's ELPs so that is promising.  But we will have to see what tomorrow brings.  In the mean time we pray, prepare, and wait.  Tomorrow will likely bring 2 posts, the Sunday Snapshot and of course an update on the realtor's visit.  Until then!

All is well, realtor-ready?, in Drosche Land. 

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