I was out of town Thursday night and Friday, attending a professional development day for an organization I belong to. When I returned home on Friday I was looking forward to spending some time with my family and then relaxing on the couch, catching up on shows.
The universe had other ideas.
I got a call around 7 p.m. from the realtor that someone was going to come by on Saturday at 2:15 to look at our house. Just like that my relaxing night was turned in to one of frantically trying to clean and get little projects done that would make a difference on how our house shows.
Saturday morning was the same way. Clean, clean, maintenance item, clean, paint, clean, straighten, and clean. Oh, with Isabella play time and eating thrown in the mix. And I think I showered somewhere in there. CJ was mowing the lawn and doing some other jobs as well. We finished up and left the house by 2. I breathed a sigh of relief as we pulled out of the driveway.
But at the same time, the nerves and doubts kicked in.
What if they don’t like it? What if they think it’s a dump? Did I straighten those books? Did we remember to open the blinds? What if they open the kennel and let Samson out and he bites someone and they sue us? Ok so that last one is pretty far fetched, and Samson’s not even aggressive, but still the thought came up.
It’s very personal to open your house up to strangers and trust that they will treat it with respect. You know that they are opening your cupboards and closets; poking around in your drawers. They may see my toiletries and clothes; glance at our leftovers and laundry. What will they think of us?
Will they track mud in? Will they scratch up the walls? Will they take something?
All of these thoughts were going through our heads as we awaited word from the realtor. When we got home Saturday night, there were subtle signs that someone had been there. A closet door was left open. Some lights were off that we had left on. It was weird.
Found out that the gal liked the house a lot, and many of the features, but ultimately wants a home with a living and family room, which we don’t have. So, it was good to hear some nice things and know that our house presents well. Tomorrow there is a realtor tour from 10-noon and then another showing at 5pm. Sunday is the open house. We have to constantly keep it clean and tidy, which is no small feat with a toddler! But it will all be worth it.
Hopefully soon. Now I must go – have to dust the living room and make sure all is in its place. The show must go on!
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