It's four minutes to midnight, and I'm starving! I've eaten three pickles -- no, four -- had a beer, had an amazing scotch that my parents bought for my 39th birthday, and I'm famished! (Why I listed alcohol as if it were a food group, I'll never know. Just stating the facts, folks.) Perhaps I'll drink some more water...
So, the house. We're sitting at a decision point: stay the course with
our current price, or drop in hope that people will bite. We've had a
lot of potential buyers see the property and walk away. "It's nice,
but not for us." "Great upgrades, but not for me." The gutting: "I
like it, but I'd like it more if it was $30,000 cheaper." Who
I understand the buyer's mentality; I do it myself. You walk into a
potential purchase with a budget in mind and a set of features or
criteria that must be met. In order for a property to qualify, you
consider its current price and the money you'll have to spend to get
it where you want it. Now, we're terribly proud of the work we've put
into our 113 year old house, but not everyone will see it. They won't
have the context of "before" and "after", and frankly, they shouldn't
have to worry about those details. To say, "You should overlook your
misgivings because we've already done X, Y, and Z," is to be
disingenuous to the nature of "buyer" and "seller".
I do hope that someone finds the same value in our house that we
hold. It's time that we move on and let another family build memories
here; I know we've build some great ones of our own. Could we continue
living here? Absolutely! We could totally make it work, but we'd have
to sacrifice sleep and sanity to do it; Nora and Meghan
respectively. Frankly, I would like a rested child and a sane wife.