Monday, June 14, 2010

Two Homes (One For Sale)

It's been an intense six weeks of hard work but we finally got our house "on the market". Actually our punch list still isn't finished but we're lookin' good nuf! Little did we know when we first met with Realtors six weeks ago we would be doing perk tests, repainting three rooms, expanding our landscaping, painting our soffits & gable ends as well as a number of other things. Oh, and wouldn't you know it, our water heater burst and had to be replaced. We got a warranty replacement at no charge but I still had to do the installation. It seems another item gets added to the bottom of the punch list every time we cross one thing off. Now at least we will get some market exposure while we hopefully finish things up. Of course in this market it is difficult to predict what will happen. Within a quarter mile of us it takes the fingers of both hands to count the number of houses for sale here. Not good; but we have one thing none of those other houses have. Hopefully our special view will be our trump card. click photos to enlarge

Over the years I took many photos off our deck which were saved for just such an occasion. We gave the Realtor a CD loaded with photos like these. Later that evening she emailed us after she opened the file with this response: "WOW! DAMN, THESE ARE GOOD!"

Between the ginormous "to do list" and ever present pressure to be listed in the spring market it has been impossible to relax here at home. After working a typical 15-20 hours over the week end we have however been able to escape to the motor coach, camped 25 miles away. It has become sort of a second home, or getaway; one that does not need work! Sunday night we stayed there and actually overslept, something we haven't done before while camped there. I remember falling asleep thinking about the powerful diesel engine just inches beneath our mattress. This powerful motor can push our 28,000 pound home on wheels anywhere in North America we want to be. Isn't that amazing?

Although our bedroom in the motorhome is not that large it still has a queen size, sleep number bed which is better than what we currently have at home. The rich cherry paneling and cabinets give this room a cozy intimate feeling.

In contrast our bedroom in the stix and brix house is bright, open and airy with a huge skylight right over the bed. We have watched many birds fly by, storms roll in and snow pile up while never getting out of bed. We are so fortunate.

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