House Babble

I am neurotic.

I know.  You’re all so shocked to hear it.

Our house has been on the market for 9 days.  It has shown 6 times.  Still no offers, though all the realtors agree that our price is competitive, and we’ve done everything under the sun to make it attractive, appealing, and fully up to date.

The house we’re trying to buy has been on the market for 15 days.  It’s shown…a bunch of times.  We are, so far, the only offer.  But until our house is under contract, someone could still come make an offer, putting us in the position to close in three days or walk away.

Sigh.  It’s stressful and frustrating.  We don’t want to lose out on this house.  But we are in the position of MOST people, in that we have to sell this one before we can close on the other one.

I’ve been comforting myself with all the stuff the sellers did wrong.

  • Zero curb appeal (blah paint color, no shutters, no landscaping)
  • They painted the kitchen red.  Red is THE HARDEST COLOR to get right, and even if it was right, it would only appeal to a small segment of the market.  This is NOT the right red (more pink than red).
  • The kitchen cabinets were poorly painted.  Either two different application methods or two different paints entirely, which left the touchups SCREAMINGLY obvious, as if they were glossy on eggshell.
  • The master bedroom has nothing masterful about it.  It’s just a bedroom, slightly larger than the other 3.  There’s no en suite bath.  Both the baths are almost identical, back to back, mirror images of each other, with hall access to all 4 bedrooms.

Mostly it’s all paint, which we’ve done before and aren’t bothered by doing again.  Most buyers really don’t want to do ANYTHING to a property, so that’s in our favor.  The house looks REALLY small from the front (it’s a very deep house), so many folks will just drive on by.  And did I mention the TOTAL lack of curb appeal?

It’s not a deal breaker for me because it can be fixed, but it bugs me.  I’ve been dreaming about what we can do to make it pretty (short of having big stuff done).  I’m pretty sure I’ll be painting the whole thing, adding shutters, building window boxes, repainting the front door, changing out exterior light fixtures, and doing some landscaping, right off.  And eventually we want to build a pergola on the patio side, possibly a porch along the front.

I really love Craftsman style houses, and this one could be adapted to sort of follow that theme.  We’ll definitely be hitting those color palettes for the exterior (probably interior too–love those colors).  I’m thinking a silvery green for the body of the house, bright white accents, black shutters, and a deep rusty red door.  Then some pretty cedar trellises with some Carolina or confederate jasmine in big reddish pots. Kind of like this.  The house looks NOTHING like this one, but this sort of color scheme is what I have in mind.

We shall see.  It’s a game of hurry up and wait.


2 thoughts on “House Babble

  1. I don’t know if this helps, but….

    When we were looking for houses in late 2001/early 2002, we found what we thought was THE PERFECT HOUSE. We didn’t have to do anything to it, which was what we wanted because we had a 2-year-old and a not-quite-one-year-old. We didn’t want to juggle babies and house repairs. Unfortunately, our house hadn’t sold yet, so even though the “perfect” house was in the price range and neighborhood and condition we wanted, we couldn’t risk it. We toyed with the idea of a contingency deal, but another couple snapped the house up, and we kept looking.

    Our house sold in February after just a few months on the market. We went out the weekend after it closed and just happened upon another house in a very similar neighborhood to the first. It was almost the exact same floorplan as the “perfect” house, the owners were asking less money, and the color scheme was much more suited to my tastes. Plus, we had a view. We had the cash in the bank from the closing of our house, so we walked in, looked around, left to look at a few more places, and ended up going back to look again. Two days later, we hammered out a deal with the owners (it was a FSBO), and because we were ready with cash in the bank, we closed in just a couple of weeks. It was awesome, and we love the house. Now we can’t imagine living anywhere else.

    When it’s right, it’s right. 🙂

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