Digital garage sales and other joys

So I sold the house. Or at least I accepted the offer, which is not necessarily the same thing. We’re through the inspection phase, which went well, but now we wait for the appraisal and the rest of the process to grind through. I’ve already had a few hundred anxious hours over this transaction. I won’t feel entirely at ease until the closing is done. I’ve never had a closing fall through, but I know it happens. I just don’t want it to happen to me.

I’ve had a knot in my stomach pretty much every hour since I got the offer. It was low, much lower than it should have been.

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I countered, and they countered, and I caved. Still too low.

But as a woman who sat with a house listed for eight months and not a single offer a couple of years ago, I just couldn’t let it go. And the rainy season is coming, and sales are slower that time of year. I know, it can happen anytime. But waiting it out becomes a marathon.

You’d think this house is unattractive or something. Instead, everyone who walks in is charmed. The view is amazing. It’s almost maintenance free for yard work, the little front and back flower gardens hardly need attention.

It has dedicated parking, and that, on Water Street, is worth something, let me tell you!

I don’t know…maybe it’s a sign that I wasn’t intended to make my fortune in the real estate market. Our other home purchases and sales have always gone well…no sales that were extraordinary, but at least they were profitable.

I’m sad to say that I’m selling at a loss. On the flip side, I’m selling.

In the meantime, I joined the local Facebook sale site, where you post items and then sell like crazy. Or at least that’s my experience. I’ve got a virtual store going and I’m quickly funding shipping costs to the lower 48. Exciting, and the most fun I’ve had getting ready for a major move. Today I had a little party at my house which happened because several people who were picking up all arrived about the same time, and they all knew each other. So we sat and chatted and they shopped and I sold….very satisfying! Maybe my talent isn’t real estate, but I run a great boutique.

Between sorting everything I own, deciding what to keep, sale, donate, store, discard, etc., etc., etc., I’m spending a lot of time in my basement, packing boxes and trying to guess just what will be useful in the next setting…difficult to accomplish as I don’t exactly have “next” figured out yet.

Shipping rates out of Alaska make it easy to consider redesigning my look. I’m taking plenty with me. But I’m leaving more than I thought I would. Funny how quickly I detach as I estimate the weight of furniture and all the stuff! It’s a tortuous process. Movers pick up your boxes and furniture, then it all goes to a barge, has to be loaded into a container, then barged down to Seattle, then put on a truck, then on to the destination. The more transfers, the more it costs, of course.

Ah, the joys of a move!

I’m looking forward to getting my life back, getting rid of my house anxiety, paring down, making a fresh start.

But first…a little more basement time. 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Digital garage sales and other joys

  1. Moving is work, moving is emotional and moving is just plain hard. When we downsized, we couldn’t find a house, so we had to settle for an apartment and putting our stuff into storage. We ended up “moving” twice in six months. I am too old for that anymore! 🙂 Thank goodness for a friend that had barn space so we could put “junk” in there rather than pitching it.

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    • Hi Debbie, just catching up on previous comments…well, not so sure i’m moving anytime soon at the moment, but I know exactly what you’re talking about. We’ve done the double move thing in the past. Frustrating! It takes so much energy! I’m on hold for the moment, but I’m sure that sooner or later I’ll be going full steam ahead. ~ Sheila

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    • Hi Donna…just catching up on some previous comments…well, not sure we’re going anywhere any time soon! The appraisal threw us into chaos, so now I think this offer will fall through. We’ll see what next week brings. But that’s life, and beyond my control! ~ Sheila

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  2. Soon you’ll be able to look back and say, “well I’m glad that’s behind me!”

    It’s no secret that selling your house & moving ranks as high as divorce and death for stress levels!

    Hang in there, tiger, the best is yet to come 🙂

    Hugs~ MJ

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