Our house is on the market, and it’s hard work!

January 21, 2019

We’ve been in the process of selling our home for just over a month now, and it’s much harder than I thought it would be. Naively, I thought it would be as easy as putting out fresh flowers and lighting a candle, but there is so much more to it than that!

Quotes and questions

The first step was inviting local estate agents to have a look around and value our cottage. We made our appointments, and then spent the weekend beforehand sprucing up and finishing off our last few DIY jobs.

Once the estate agents arrived there were plenty of questions to answer, and of course I had more than a few of my own.

We shortlisted two, and coincidentally we viewed a house with each the same week as receiving the quotes. This was a complete eye opener! One turned up late and used freelancers for viewings, with very little knowledge of the house or local area. The other was early, worked in-house, and knew every last detail about the property, the homeowners and location. It’s not something I would have thought to do, but it really helped us come to a decision!

Of course, we ended up opting for the second agent, despite their fees being slightly higher, and we’ve been happy with our choice so far. The photos and our listing look great, and they’ve been easy to deal with on a day to day basis.

Viewings and conflicting feelings

It turns out getting your house ready for a viewing takes longer than you’d think. It’s so different to having a quick tidy round, and two dogs and toddler in the mix aren’t helpful either.

Every viewer could potentially be our buyer, and we want the house to be at it’s best for anyone who comes to look. Our house has never been so clean and tidy, but with viewings often at the weekend we’re not being left with much family time.

The daft thing is, that after spending so much time making our home look welcoming, I look around and question if we really want to move at all! We love our cottage and the traditional features it has, we just need more space.

We haven’t found our perfect property yet, and I think all the uncertainty is a little unsettling. Will we have moved by the summer? Will the house we buy need a lot of work doing? Will we be able to find a house with a nice garden for the dogs? There are so many unanswered questions at the moment, a crystal ball would be really handy right about now…

Where we’re up to

We haven’t been short of interest, and we’ve had a cheeky offer, but our house is very much still on the market. The feedback for our cottage and the décor has been great, but as with most period properties, our lack of parking is putting a few people off.

It’s never been a problem for us, and the positives of our property and location have far outweighed the inconvenience of parking a minutes’ walk away, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before a buyer comes along who feels the same way.

In the meantime, we’ll carry on keeping our house clean and tidy, and we’ll try to embrace the limbo of not knowing how this year will pan out!