March 31, 2011

Putting a Foot Through the Floorboards

Have I mentioned I love my real estate lady recently?  I do.  She's amazing.  If you think I'm a pitbull when it comes to getting stuff done, this woman makes me look like a poodle.  If there's a way to sell this house of mine, I'm confident that she will find a way to make it happen. 

My latest concern has been the disruption in the harmony and schedule of the household recently.  Don't get me wrong.  I love that we're getting all sorts of interest in the house, but after three weeks of daily requests to have the place vacant and available at as short a notice as 45 minutes, this is starting to take a toll on everyone in the house.  (Seriously, who thinks asking if someone can be out of their house in less than an hour is acceptable behavior?  Or, for that matter, who goes ahead and, after being told no by the showing agency, calls the listing agent and asks them to get them into the occupied house in the next 30 minutes?  Talk about throwing common courtesy out the window!)

The roommate and I had started to get a little more frustrated at the upheaval, and as such, had started getting a little short with each other.  Nothing personal, but the tension was getting to the point where we both knew we were on edge, and didn't want to take the situation out on each other.  It was time to put my foot down and make some adjustments before someone became a tower shooter.

So, last night I sent an email to my wonderful agent telling her about our concerns, and asking her if she had any ideas on how to make this a little more bearable.  We came up with some wonderful middle ground. 

First, we're going to restrict the days that the house is available for showings to twice a week; Thursdays and Sundays.  This is going to allow us to have a sense of normalcy for the moment as well as know when we can do our chores like laundry, vacuuming, and dishes.  Second, we're going to add the roommate's email address to the list of people notified when a request for a showing comes out.  That way, we both know the days and times involved, so there are no more micommunications.  Lastly, I need to write a letter authorizing my lawyer to talk to the agent about what it takes to make this sale happen.  Right now, they won't talk to her, which I understand.  But, we need everyone on board to make this go.  So, more writing for me. 

Once we get these things back into a sense of stability and have more of an idea what it will take to sell the house, we can ramp up the days the house is available if need be.  But, for now, a little peace, both of mind and of time, is going to go a LONG way.  And for that, I think all of us are thankful.

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