December 2-4, 2015
Road Trip Journal: Postcard 11
Okay, the painters are done and everything looks phenomenal! Steve is in shock. He can’t believe what difference paint makes; he even said he would live here, regardless of the neon pee stains. I must admit, it really does look great. The painters went above and beyond what we asked them to do. In celebration of finishing, I bought the painters cupcakes. I carried the dozen of chocolate perfections across the lawn, fell into a one foot hole, and landed face down with frosting, chocolate and a big dose of embarrassment on my face. By the way, each time we went over to the house I mentioned to Steve that we should fill that hole before someone falls and sues us. Go figure!
Anyway we hate to think of having renters come in to our lovely new and clean home and put in nail holes and more stains in the carpet. Which leads us to our next dilemma…… Melissa came to see the house on Friday and through a wrench in everything. She looked at both of us and said, “You’re crazy if you rent this out again, you should sell it, it looks fantastic. You don’t want someone coming in here and have to do this all over again. It will just cost you more money.” No, No, No, I don’t want to hear this! At this point, I just want to go home! We’ve been sleeping on an air mattress since October 25, I’m done, I’m tired, I want to go home!!!! We had planned on leaving tomorrow, but obviously that’s not going to happen now.
So, after talking to our realtor and going over finances, we have decided to sell while the market is hot. We were lucky in that we had long term renters. Usually, renters stay for a couple of years at the most. If we rented the house out again, we would end up putting additional money into it every few years. The turnover of short term renters is higher than I thought. Our realtor suggested that we do a few updates before putting it on the market. Subsequently, this week was a work week of repairs and expenses.
SIDE NOTE: When Steve went to put in the new wallboard in the garage, he could see sky through a small hole in the roof. Now, the roofer will need to come out again.
Tonight we are taking a night off to attend the Denton Holiday Lighting on the town square. The air was chilly and there was a great sense of community with shops opens late, hot chocolate and apple cider being served, photos with Santa, and the lighting of the 40 foot Christmas tree. Layne is performing with her band at the courthouse, which will be exciting to see. They have been practicing all week. The festivities made us feel the Christmas spirit and realize that Christmas is just around the corner.
Tomorrow is Saturday and a day of work to get this house on the market. Time to pick out tile, carpet, and blinds.