...is emotionally draining, frankly. And physically too, especially if you have a 100 lb chocolate lab that likes to shed! Josh and I both are first time home sellers, and it has been way more stressful and time consuming than building a house ever thought about being. Who would've thought!? Even though we live in a neighborhood coveted by young couples and families, it is still a buyer's market. Buyers these days want a lot, for just a little. Ugh.
I work with people all day every day, and I am consistently amazed by both their splendor and stupidity! The first offer we got fell through because the buyers weren't qualified for the amount they offered. WHAT!?! They are quite lucky that we planned on countering their first stab and didn't just sign on the dotted line. So irresponsible. Isn't this one of the reasons we are in the trouble we are in?
The second offer has been rather interesting as well. Before even settling on a bottom line price, they were already negotiating in furniture, lamps, rugs, shower curtains (dead serious) and bath mats (true story). Is this weird? I think so!
We've really struggled with looking at the process as a business transaction versus a personal exchange. It is our home, after all. Josh gets wound up in the numbers while I get worked up over someone's audacity to ask me to include a pair of family heirloom lamps with the house. In their defense, how would they know that a price tag can't be placed on something like that, I know. But still, it irked me. We're trying to sell a house here, not light fixtures. I will gladly recommend a great store for you to buy your own accessories!
I don't usually use the blog as a platform to vent like a negative Nancy. But, I feel so much better now! :) Of course, it might have something to do with this adorable little munchkin...
And the fact that I've been stocking up on a lot of pink for our baby girl!