A few years ago we attempted to sell our house. It was a bad time for the housing market, and it was a long process that didn’t end well. We had forty showings over the course of a year and gradually lowered the price $15K until we finally got a buyer. The buyer paid for an inspection, and then walked away from the deal with no explanation whatsoever. When they tracked her down (finally) and asked her why, she said, “I changed my mind.” So we took it off the market.
The biggest complaint from prospective buyers was that we needed new carpet. Yes, we knew that. When we moved in, the carpet was base level, cream colored, and cheap. After a dog, two cats, and a toddler (the other four humans helped too) and eight years, the carpet looked pretty bad. So we waited until we could afford to replace the carpet before trying to sell again. Fast forward to now.
We used most of our tax return to have new carpet put in, and then we installed new faucets, as well as bought new paint, new baseboards, new vinyl tile for the entryway and all three bathrooms, and miscellaneous other fixes. Let’s just say that yesterday the realtor came by, and she said it looks like a brand new house. Yesterday we signed the papers, and today we are going to have the new photos taken for the listing. The house will be for sale on Friday. Here’s to hoping that this time the process takes a lot less time.
And the other thing: the housing market has improved to the point that we’re probably going to get around 30K more for our house than we would have two years ago. If there’s ever a time to say that God knows what He’s doing, it’s now.