You'd better find a way to store your items. Otherwise, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Your husband's wrong. The house needs to look good to sell.
But I'm concerned about your strategy of waiting until you close on your new home before you put your current one up for sale. You close August 8. Allow a couple of weeks (minimum) to clean, repaint, stage, and list the property. So it goes on the market right around Labor Day. You've missed the market for families who want to buy and move before the new school year. While early fall is an OK time to sell a home, the market in many places is slow. If you don't find someone pretty quickly, you're sliding into November and December, when the market really slows down.
Ask yourself: Are you prepared either to: (1) cut your price sufficiently in the fall, if necessary, to sell it quickly, or, alternatively, (2) carry two mortgages from August 2008 to perhaps March 2009? That's what you're risking, in today's market, by holding off on putting your present home on sale until you close on the new one.
Rent some storage space for a few hundred dollars. Move the stuff out now. Stage now. List now. It'll be a lot cheaper than cutting your price substantially or paying two mortgages for 6-8 months.
The advise previously given about thinking hard about carrying two mortgages is worth thinking long and hard about, though. You don't want to get in to a situation where it becomes urgent to sell quickly, forcing you to negotiate more than you should.
Key Real Estate of the Poconos
The very best of luck to you.
Michael D Delp
4802 Old Bethlehem Pike,
Telford Pa. 18969
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