March 27, 2008

Hullo from Camp Lefty.

Day Three of the Prospective Buyers' Seige. At least three parties went through the house yesterday, and five are going through today.

I've been informed that if I want to, I may go home briefly between 4:00 and 5:00.

What I really want to do is (1) shower, and (2) sleep. Not necessarily in that order.

I'm tempted to try to nap in my car, but in this town there's a very real risk that I'd get arrested for vagrancy or something.

My schedule: I get up, fold the laundry, wash the dishes, make the bed, light the candles, turn on all the lights, and leave the house. Then I come home and clean/straighten/rearrange knicknacks for a few hours before going to bed again—or trying to.

Then I wake up. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I'm essentially a live-in domestic servant for potential La Canada homeowners, so if we don't get an offer that's a few hundred thousand north of what we are asking, I'm going to be kind of annoyed.

Posted by Attila Girl at March 27, 2008 01:34 PM | TrackBack

I'm watching closely.

If you can sell, then surely I can sell.

Posted by: Desert Cat at March 27, 2008 02:59 PM

Do potential buyers want to see your house looking clean and sparkly so they can trust you on more invisible questions, like the state of the drains?

or are they buying a fantasy? That is, do they think, oh look, this couple had their coffee in this charming breakfast nook; therefore, my spouse and I, though we've never had time for breakfast before, will sit and chat in like manner.

I think they're buying a lifestyle, which suggests that they're incapable of producing or importing their own. Sad, really.

So, your job is produce a canvas on which they can project a life better than the one they're living. One with more time for meals, conversation, wine, sex, good books, and self-worth.

Leave out some books (Pride and Prejudice, maybe some poetry books --warm poetry, cummings, not Plath or Pound!), a trowel and flowerpot and seeds, a smart, happy movie (O Brother Where Art Thou or Best in Show), and a very small bowl of chocolate (metonymizing your ability to balance pleasure and self-control).

Or am I wrong? Should you leave out a crack pipe and some really gross porn, so they can revel in a sense of superiority instead?

Who can say? Who knows what lurks in the inscrutable heart of the viewing public?

fuck 'em all!

you have my sympathies, babe! and if I had a spare $$$$$$ wad o' cash, I'd buy your house and spare you this hullabaloo!

Posted by: Rin at March 27, 2008 03:09 PM

Do potential buyers want to see your house looking clean and sparkly so they can trust you on more invisible questions, like the state of the drains

We're on our 4th house (retired military). People want to envision how they could live in your space. That's why it's best to remove a lot of furniture, keep the personal items to a minimum and yes, keep it clean and sparkly.

I think they're buying a lifestyle, which suggests that they're incapable of producing or importing their own. Sad, really.

Nope. What they're doing is trying to look past YOUR lifestyle to see how THEY would fit into that house. Dirt, clutter etc. are static that get in the way of doing that.

And yes, it's a hassle. We had 4 dogs when we sold our last house. I repainted, floors were refinished etc. and EVERY TIME someone came to see the house there were zero - and I do mean zero - traces of the dogs anywhere.

We got a cash offer for close to our asking price, with minimal other demands. The buyers commented that we had obviously cared for the house well.

For what it's worth. And yeah, it's a hassle. Hang in there!

Posted by: rkb at March 27, 2008 04:03 PM

It's a little different for us, since our asking price is below market, given how much extra land they get.

My office is still cluttered, but it's the smallest room in the house. By the time they see that, they've already decided whether or not they're in love.

I should have tat fixed by the time the open house comes 'round, this weekend. And I'm still not perfectly happy with the gleamage of the floors.

Frankly, though, with the land and the view and the mid-century construction, the house is selling itself.

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