Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Renovation update

Like most home sellers in a flat market, we agreed with our realtor that a few "cosmetic renovations" to our house would make it more attractive to buyers. The goal is to make it so incredibly fabulous, it will sell quickly, and therefore reduce the stress of having the house "show ready" for a long period of time. We agreed to a dollar amount, and decided on a few key updates that would bring our house out of the era of the Brady Bunch and into the twenty-first century.

It sounded so good at the time, but now I'm wondering if we have just traded one stress for another.


Yes, I'm sure it WILL look fabulous. I must admit I am not ONE BIT SAD to say goodbye to my blue kitchen floor tile (just sad I won't get to enjoy the new floor for very long!). In the meantime, I wonder where Dennis plans to take us for dinner tonight (and tomorrow night, and the next night after that)? Can you smell my dust? ACK!

And another slight snag: Found out yesterday that the paint that has been painted in almost every room of the house was the WRONG COLOR (see it cut in above the wainscot on the wall?). I am not that picky (hey, I'm moving outta here!) and I would have left it, but the contractor is having the painters paint it ALL OVER AGAIN (I'm certain I had a teensy little heart attack when I heard that news). Can you smell my paint, too?

Focus on the goal, remember???

Breathe...

13 comments:

Annie said...

Well I'm going to pay close attention to you for the next little while..I'm thinking of selling my house and getting something (either buying or buildiong) a bit smaller. I'm already stressed thinking about it!!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Whew, we did remodeling for four and a half years. Your pic brought back memories, bad ones. I'm glad you won't have to do it that long. Loved the breathe photo. So true, so true. Oh, and prayer is a good idea too. :-)~~Dee

Beck said...

Renovations are AWFUL, aren't they?

kittyhox said...

Wow, a picture is worth a thousand words!

I'm sorry you have to sell your house in this market, but the upside is that you get to buy your house in this market, right? Just think of it! Right now, someone is majorly sprucing up their home just for you!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Bless your heart! UGH. But yes, keep your eye on the prize. Ya'll will be on the other side of this before you know it!

Andrea said...

NO WAY!
That's just a new level of "crazy". :)
But I'm picturing you in a rocker with some sweet tea looking at your grandkids running around that beautiful yard....oh it's sweet ain't it? :)
hang in there!

bonnie said...

I just started reading your blog- it was the title that drew me in. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I love how you took pictures of the spilled laundry. It reminded me to keep things in focus. Thanks!

Carolina Mama said...

You've got a great end goal! It will be fun to see it happen! God Bless!

Susanne said...

I am not good at living in the midst of reno's. Bless you, my friend.

Janice said...

AAAAAHHHH! I just lived your nightmare last year...! I am so thankful, and you will be too, that we took the same approach! We got rid of everything we thought we might not use, and we haven't missed a one of them! All our boxes were open and put away within 3 weeks!

I will follow you with a prayer in my heart for a quick showing time, and even quicker QUALIFIED buyers for you!

Know you will breathe easier... after all the cardio you do preparing!

Dimple Queen said...

At least you have painters and such doing the work....when we bought our first house, we did ALL the work oursleves.....now that was a nightmare. But either way it is a bit uncomfortable and out of the norm for a while!

You are in our prayers dear friend!

Angela

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

Yikes! We've never done much in the way of reno, but I think it has to get worse before it gets better. So you're halfway there! LOL Hard to live through, I'm sure. I don't know what I'd do for several days with no kitchen!

Jen said...

It will be over before you know it....