Wednesday, October 17

try as i might...

i have been trying really hard for a while to be chipper and making an effort to think positively each morning, but unfortunately i can't shake the feeling of despair.
we have been through the inspection and out the other side on the 'mock tudor number' and now all we need to do is sell our place and we are home and dry...


but alas the 'buyers' are thin on the ground, my telephone is not ringing off the hook and after twelve days on the market i am feeling down hearted. i know it isn't very long in the current state of 'house selling' but i just can't shake my mood...yesterday as i was ferrying our #2 to dance the evening was drawing in and real autumnal weather is here, i told myself that if all i have to be down hearted about is trying to sell my home then i am a lucky person. but of course it didn't work...

i think the problem is i had thought we would be in a new place by Christmas. i was busy picturing where to put the tree not to mention the vintage style wallpaper i have found, just perfect for the kitchen nook...and then there is the perfect mid century modern round table just waiting at hivemodern to complete the look


still i need to try and get a more positive attitude, after all we did get one call from a realtor last week wishing to bring some clients by. so i did a quick once around the house, bundled the kids into the car and holed up in Starbucks for an hour...only to arrive home and find she hadn't been. ten minutes later (this gets very visual i'm afraid) i have two of my brood locked in the toilets doing their thing when the front door is unlocked and someone calls "is anyone home"..."shit" i whisper (never a truer word spoken) to our #1..."quick, find some smelly stuff and spray it in the bathrooms"...
as we frantically tried to mask the smell coming from the toilets the prospective buyers were climbing the stairs...it is safe to say that by the time they got to the top step my house smelled a delightful combination of sewage and a brothel thanks to our #1's most overpowering cheap perfume lingering with the aftermath in the toilets...

thinking it really might be a while before she moves ~ Tif

11 comments:

lucykate crafts... said...

i nearly chocked on my glass of coke then, laughing at that post!. we've all been there with house selling i'm sure, i remember stood on our upstairs landing when lucy trotted into the bathroom, leaving the door wide open and started having a wee, she was only 4 at the time though.

Gigibird said...

I'm sorry but I can't get over how clean your carpets look....with all your children and pets.....
I don't know if it works differently over your way but selling can take weeks rather than days....
When you've got to go, you've got to go - I have a rule regardless of the weather if you do a no.2 then the window gets opened.
Harry does his outside:)

dottie angel said...

wise words gigibird, but alas our bathrooms do not have windows that open!!! shocking but true...as to the carpets, i had them professionally cleaned (sounds so grand) at the begining of September and then forbade a single soul to wear shoes on them, plus my daily vacuming...so tedious but it does make the carpets look good, now if only i could get someone through the door to see the flipping clean carpet...

Evan Gould said...

As a realtor, I can truly say the market has slowed down, so think of the timeline in weeks, not days. It sounds like your home is clean, but maybe you could put some of your personal belongings (tchochkes, family photos, artwork) into storage until you move? Sometimes it is hard for buyers to vizualize themselves in your home when all they can see is Dottie Angel's (very tastefully decorated) home. Hope this can help!

dottie angel said...

evan, thank you for your advice...i can tell you that my home has no personal photos on display. the only artwork is in my studio and moved out of sight when buyers come to view...in fact it is true to say my home has none of my personality in it at all...it is a blank canvas of beige and white with a splattering of brown leather sofas...what you see in my photos is taken for my blog posts and then ferreted away...everything else is in storage...

i do agree with you about the current market, i must think in terms of weeks possibly months...

belleandboo said...

I find it amazing that people actually own houses, I get over excited when I visit a friend who owns stairs! from Mandy in her much loved but tiny, stair-less flat X

Anonymous said...

hang in there tif..we've been through this too.

your house is beautiful...you also live in a popular city....good selling points! :)

xo laura

I am Jen said...

Oh lord! If ever there a moment, this would be one of them. Not funny to you, but really funny to visualize!

Christine said...

Don't despair Tif, your buyer is out there somewhere, your home looks lovely from the pics on your blog so I'm sure it'll get snapped up soon x

Francesca said...

oh dear. i think 'anger and tweed' may have been better!

i'm with mandy, stairs are very grown-up. and these things do drag on. dig into those reserves. chin up old girl and knees up mother brown.

i'm not drunk.

Annie said...

Your sweet dog must look how you feel. Ahh, life with kids.