Monday, December 7, 2009

In the Interest of Full Disclosure...

We built our house 5 years ago. And yes, by "we" I mean my husband, not actually "me", but that's not the point. And approximately 3 years ago, it went on the market, because if you have a husband that builds houses, that's just what you do. Evidently its fun. (I am waiting for that moment). So, our house doesn't get shown that often, because well, its priced well above the median home prices in our area, and we don't care, because "we" really don't want to sell it and move away from our fabulous cul-de-sac neighborhood with neighbors that call to borrow sugar, or who I can call to borrow butter and don't forget to come over Friday night with a glass of wine so we can solve the world's problems while our children sleep. And yes, in that incredibly long run-on sentence "we" meant "me". So, we don't show it often, therefore, my house is not "staged" for sale. Anyway. The local realtor websites show our house looking nice and clean as you would of course expect. However, I would like that to be changed. Because when you are in the midst of baking 13 dozen cookies and candies for the school's annual cookie walk, and you are behind in the laundry (folding, not washing) and well, the house has been neglected because there are usually better things to be doing than cleaning and organizing and the phone rings to tell you that your house will be shown in 24 hours, you just may flip out a bit. If you cannot relate to this, please, just step away and don't even scroll down. I can't handle your judgement.
So, these are the new picture that I would like posted on the realtor sites. That way when the phone rings, if my house looks like this, well then, that's what the people are expecting because they have already seen that on the website! And if it happens to be clean at the time, or I have time to clean, then they will be extra impressed upon walking thru my front door! I know, I am a genius! Okay, here they are, now brace yourselves:
The living room, complete with half dead Christmas lights on the tree, cards intending to get mailed out, and while a quick fix at this point, could be better.
Ahh, the master bath. How relaxing, you can see the places where your laundry will naturally collect, because the hamper is clearly too much effort for some people.
The large master bedroom: Complete with area for dumping all clean laundry waiting you to take the time to fold and put it away. Also not shown, is ample storage for tossing anything that you would like to deal with later.
The laundry room. Lets face it, you already hate to be in here, this is designed so that you will get in and out as quickly as possible! *stinky hockey equipment not included*
I had another picture of the toy/craft/game room, it didn't turn out. Believe it or not, it was messier than any of these rooms. Now, pick your jaw up off the floor and stop judging me. The house is now sparkling clean, thanks to my husbands help. ( He gained lots of points this weekend!) Now, if only I could find a place to store the kids so it stays clean through the holidays....


L.L. Barkat said...

On the bright side (when the mess threatens), cookies are a great part of staging! (Ah, the homey aroma and promise.)

Came over through Bina.

Bina @ Bina's Pad said...

THIS is why I love you, girlfriend!! You say what others may be afriad to put out there...and you are beautiful for it!!

As for the pics, I am with you! I hate that people get expectations of a home that is LIVED in and LOVED for the home that it is. My house always has books, papers, laundry baskets (also clean, not folded) and stuffed animals strewn. Some days, it bothers me enough to clean it...other days I look at the mess and move on.


Faith Imagined said...

This is hilarious!!!

Kim said...

personally, I like the lived in look pictures myself.... I mean who really lives in a house, specially if kids are involved where there is never a dirty dish, unfolded laundry, towels on the floor, toothpaste in the sink????