OK, I will be the first to admit, as a Realtor...when visiting with clients and helping them sell their home, my priority is to sell that home and NOT leave any money on the table.
Well, I sold my own home in February, I did all of the repairs up front, did an appraisal as well. (Please note, I did the appraisal, because our home had a basement....very unusual for New Mexico-but, it helped with my pricing) We did our de-cluttering...took a ton of high definition photos and then they showed up....in droves.
We had 18 showings in 12 days, we ran around the house, cleaned, vacuumed, cleaned some more and dragged our 3 little dogs out the door for every showing.....Then we had to do another clean up after one of our dogs gets car sick for every drive.
After 11 days, were were evaluating 3-4 offers-settled on the best offer, and started packing.....and packing and packing. We had our stuff, we had my Mother's stuff, we had my Mother-in-laws stuff.....WE HAD STUFF!
Then came the garage sale, having to choose what to sell, what to keep, what we had an emotional connection with and what did we simply not need and a few items that almost slipped away. Almost sold a pair of Waterford crystal candle stick holders for 1 dollar. How my Grandmothers cherished rosary beads made it into the garage, I have no idea.
It was nice to de-clutter & sell what we did not use,....it was also very bittersweet. We sat and watched some child hood memories walk out the driveway. It's hard to try to let go of what your loved ones have given you, especially when they are no longer here. You feel like a piece of them is going away. At the same time, you have to be realistic...Do I REALLY need that tea pot, when I have 2 others? Do I REALLY need an additional set of baking bowls, or that table cloth that does not fit? It finally got to the point where I did just box things up and will have to deal with it at a slower pace at our new home.
So, I guess what I am trying to say, I believe this recent process has helped me be a better Realtor,...more understanding, more sensitive. I usually give some type of gift to my clients at closing, usually my Homes for Heroes discount (if applicable) if not,.....an unexpected Pizza delivered to their home when all of their belongings are packed is a very welcome gift.
So, to anyone who is reading this and has recently gone through the moving process, I know you were so tired, I know your hands hurt, I know you've found bruises on all parts of your legs from those large moving boxes. To anyone who is in the process of putting their home on the market, some of the above might apply to you. Feel free to always call me for a free Market Analysis and please know that I will truly be sensitive to what you are about to dive into once we sell your home, and will have a pizza waiting in the wings for you :)... more