I just got back from my very busy weekend with getting the folks house ready for sale. We met with one real estate agent just after I arrived and another one on Saturday...it helped my parents to see how that went and what questions I asked as they've got two more agents coming (moving 8 times, I'm now a moving pro). The agents were helpful on what furniture needed to stay/come out for staging and it helped my parents to get confirmation on our plans for taking down more wallpaper (two more rooms), colors for paint (warm neutrals) and exposing all the hardwood floors (the agents were thrilled with all the changes we are making). I think it will sell fast once we're done with all the work and I was delighted to hear what their house was still worth (their area has only dropped 4% since the real estate peak in 2005...much better than the average).
Since my time there was cut short by the surgery, I focused my time on staging and helping them decide what to keep/toss/garage sale/antique dealer sale. We were able to go through the whole first floor and the place looks totally different now. The garage is now stuffed with boxes for the garage sale and a pile for the antique dealer to appraise/sell (and we sent things to my brother's basement that they want, but that can't stay for staging). We (two of my sister's and my brother were there part of the time as well) were all 'brain dead' by last night deciding on things and moving things into piles...even I was amazed by how much 'stuff' they had (eight boxes of just books and every surface looked like an antique store). It was hard, but we made it through with lots of laughing and a few teary-eyed moments, but no blubbering (I know, unbelievable for us).
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One more thing...THANK YOU FOLLOWERS!!! I see that I'm over 150 now and that just blows me away! I feel like I don't deserve you. Thank you, thank you, thank you...for all your support! I need to plan something special for when 'we' (just in case you didn't know...you're family now, just be ready for all the family drama) reach 200..
...and I think I know just the thing!