Other than Saturday morning when I had to work (we implemented an upgrade of the software I use), I spent the entire weekend decluttering, cleaning and staging my house. I took every trick I've learned from all the hours I've spent watching HGTV and applied them all. I de-personalized and de-junked every last inch of this place. My SUV was packed floor to ceiling with another load of things that I took to Goodwill. By the time Sunday night rolled around, I was exhausted but pretty happy with the way things looked. I would buy this place but then, I already did.
The realtor came to see it tonight and seemed quite pleased. Her only suggestion was to buy some inexpensive dark towels for the bathrooms that would contrast more with the neutral walls. She thought the color would make them pop.
She also mentioned, after I pointed it out, that it might be worth it to change the light fixture over the dining room table. She told me about a lighting discount warehouse that I didn't know about and thought I could probably get something for around $50-$75. So for less than $100, I should be ready to list my place.
What a relief.
I explained that I was more concerned about finding the home I wanted to buy than selling my house. I'm not going to sell my place just to sell it; I want to sell it only if I find that dream home. She understood and took all my criteria and preferred neighborhoods and is setting me up to receive automatic emails whenever a new listing comes on the market. We're going to look at everything interesting in the next couple of weeks until I get the warm fuzzies about being able to find a new place and then we'll list mine.
This is the part I'm dreading. The whole process of looking for houses and finding time to go see them and getting caught up in the negotiations while at the same time having to have my place in show condition every day and negotiating on this end... it's going to be stressful and exhausting.
I just have to keep my eye on the prize.