Through this whole process, I've had to let go of a lot of my routine. I like routine, I like planning, and I love knowing what's happening and when. With this - there was no knowing. We didn't know about showings until the day of (most of the time, with a few exceptions). We didn't know if people liked the house, or how it went (until later.. if we got feedback). We didn't know how long we'd be on the market, living in limbo. We just had no idea...
.. it drove me crazy. But I had to just take a deep breath, and trust. Trust we'd get enough notice to get the house clean. Trust that we'd sell eventually. And trust that the limbo was worth it.
Our experience is nothing compared to what many people selling their homes go through. I can't imagine living in limbo for months.. keeping your home show-ready for weeks on end. I think a lot of what we did do differently (moving most of our personal items out and hiring an amazing Realtor - and her team) was worth it to get our house on the market and seen by the right people.
We did get some negative feedback, and it's hard. It's hard to hear anything critical because it's your home. We worked hard to turn our little rag-tag place into the nest we loved. We're proud of it.. and it's easy to get your feelings hurt when someone nitpicks or just plain doesn't like it.
But one of the first things our Realtor said, and one of the hardest for most homeowners who are selling to do, is to try to keep emotion out of it. We tried to.
But after 25 days on the market.. we couldn't keep our emotions at bay. After a crazy Saturday filled with chaos, particle board, and a last minute tour - the very next day - Super Bowl Sunday -
we got an offer!!
We. Were. Thrilled!
It's been a few weeks, and we're finding out the answer to "what do we do now?" and "what's next?" More on that soon.. but for now, we just continue to count down the days until closing. It's not official until the papers are signed and check is in hand!