It’s spring and that means three things: spring is in the air, days are longer, and houses are popping up for sale all over the place. My house is one of them and I’ve discovered a few things that might help you if you’re about to be in the same boat:

  1. You don’t need a huge “For Sale” sign in your front yard.
  2. Your son might, for the first time in his seven years of living, start peeling the dining room wallpaper on the morning your house goes on the market. This won’t be the worst thing that happens.
  3. Keeping mirrors spotless will become an obsession. Stop rinsing and spitting like an imbecile!
  4. You won’t remember what you boxed up and stored away and you should just donate it all. Except for family photos, maybe.
  5. Having friends or family nearby where you can store your children for a while will save your sanity.
  6. When that same family will not, under any circumstances, take care of your cat, chill out. No buyer cares if you have a cat. Unless, of course, he’s a giant hairball. (The cat.) In which case, accidentally let him outside before showings.
  7. Yes, you really do think your house is worth more than it is worth.
  8. On the one weekend morning in six weeks that you decide to just let your kids play and make a mess, someone will call and request a showing in one hour.
  9. You’ll fall in love with your house again; it’s never looked better. You might even get annoyed when someone wants to buy it.

And finally:

  1. Negotiating with a buyer (or seller) is like a mini-war that reaffirms the truth that women should rule the world. The following is part of a conversation that recently took place in my house:

Me: “Well, I do see both sides.”

My husband: “Stop doing that.”



14 responses to “10 Things I’m Learning About Selling a House”

  1. Julia Munroe Martin Avatar

    We’ve done this three times and you’ve reminded me why I don’t want to sell our current house (but I know we will be doing it sometime in the not too distant future). Also, interestingly, I’d be more like your husband, my husband more like you — in that conversation/mini-war!

    1. Jessica Vealitzek Avatar

      Funny! But women should still rule. 🙂

  2. macjam47 Avatar

    Everything you said takes me back to each of the times we’ve sold our home. The first time, I was about 9 months pregnant with our third child (a ten pounder on my petite frame) when my husband got the bug to buy a larger house. I looked at him like he had two heads on his shoulders and neither one had a clue.

    1. Jessica Vealitzek Avatar

      That’s pretty much how my husband looked at me when I said I wanted to move. 🙂

  3. Wendy Avatar

    I do not envy you! I’ve only sold one and it was before I had children so I can’t imagine all of the extra work it must be with two kids! Fingers crossed it all works out!!

  4. Barbara Ackles Avatar
    Barbara Ackles

    This too shall pass

    1. Jessica Vealitzek Avatar

      At soommmmmme point.

  5. Nina Badzin Avatar

    Oy! You’ve had a busy 6 months, my friend!

    1. Jessica Vealitzek Avatar

      I know….I can’t settle down. I think I might run for office next.

  6. Melissa Crytzer Fry Avatar
    Melissa Crytzer Fry

    You’ve brought back the memories of how stressful home selling/moving can be! Of course, we began trying to sell ours right when the market crashed. One full year of worry, perfect vacuum lines (vacuumed my way out of the house each time to have perfect marks). I had become INSANE!

    1. Jessica Vealitzek Avatar

      I hear you – keeping the house clean became an addiction. I’m somewhat happy to say I’m no longer addicted.

  7. Hallie Sawyer Avatar
    Hallie Sawyer

    Is that what it takes to become a neat freak? Oof. I would be screwed if I tried to sell my house. I would have to ship my children to another state to keep the house clean. But you did it!! SOLD!

    1. Jessica Vealitzek Avatar

      We did it – and I’m realizing how wonderful my kids were in helping keep it clean. Now that they know we have no more showings, they’re slobs again.

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