Saturday, April 30, 2016

House is very close to getting ready to photograph.  The realtor suggested we repair a bit of concrete parging that cracked and loosened on our back porch steps.  I noticed it, but when my hydrangea has leafed out, you don't see it.  OK, so we will fix it.

Husband checked internet on how to DIY.  First step was to remove everything that was loose.  When I checked on him, the whole inside of the steps were hollow.  I thew the rubble back in and started to patch.  I had a heck of a time trying to get the cement to adhere vertically.  Made pretty good strides, but still not there yet.

The realtor checked in on my progress and said he would send his handyman over.  Oh my gosh, I don't want to send hundreds of dollars on this project, but he assured me that it should only take him and hour or two at $40 per hour.  He showed up and spend 2 hours on it.  Left it to dry and said he would be back in a few days to grind out the rough spots where the cement oozed out between the wooden form.  I reminded him that we were selling and I didn't require perfection, just good enough.

He was here yesterday while I was away and it was finished to perfection.  $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Thursday, April 14, 2016

We have decided to sell our 60's split level home.  As I am in my 60s, it's getting harder to climb the stairs.  I want to move to a one-level home.  This blog is documenting my trials and tribulations in that quest.

Last October, we went on the Parade of Homes, which showcases model homes and new home construction.  It's fun to see the million dollar mansions as well as condos in our price range.  It was at one of these condos that I met our first realtor.  She took our contact information and gave us a very hard sell to list our house with her.

She valued it $30,000 below what I feel it should have been listed at.  She didn't want to take us to see other homes until ours was under contract.  The relationship became very adversarial.  If she is not showing us other homes, I questioned if she would show our home to prospective buyers.

We spent many months getting ours ready to put on the market.  Declutter, declutter, declutter' paint, paint, paint.

Then I saw a Facebook page from the Heather Neidlinger Group, a Berkshire Hawthaway real estate group in Carlisle, listing the perfect condo.   Now that is marketing.  I contacted Mike Neidlinger and told him I was not happy with my current realtor.  I didn't even have to fire her myself, they did that for me.