Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 9

Relocating- First Hand Experience Part 9

Man, I'm beginning to understand what sellers go through to get their houses on the market.  4 years ago, I sold my previous house.  It was easy to get ready as there was only me living there.  I could just pack up what I wanted and get it stored.

This time around, we're going to be moved by corporate relocation, so I can't pack everything I want to put up as they have to pack it for insurance reasons.  I'm  having problems finding places tucked away for everything.  I packed basic stuff like books and folders since those can't break, but I can't pack anything else.

Plus, it's not just me this time.  I have to leave toys out for Alyssa to play with, and Mike is being difficult as to what he considers "put away".  He claims his office is ready to show, but that place is a mess!  I can't take pictures of it!  He did remove some books and also has his UT yearbooks up on Craigslist for sale, but other than that, there are cords all over the place and "stuff" he doesn't even use.

I spent most of yesterday cleaning, and boy am I impressed with how the house looks.  It's so sad that we can't "live" with it this clean.  Hoping to get it listed on Monday, but I now understand why my sellers can't always make the deadlines I give them to get things cleaned up and put away.

Comment balloon 12 commentsDonna Harris • December 11 2008 08:52AM


No that easy with family....  Sometimes it helps to put ourselves in our clients shoes...  It can be a very difficult walk... Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Diane Daley (Caron's Gateway Real Estate) over 10 years ago

It is a ton of work.  Good luck on the move and sale. I wish you the best.

Nathan Rowe
Oakstone Properties
Richmond, VA  23238

Posted by Nate Rowe, Realtor, Homes in Richmond VA (Oakstone Properties, Homes in Richmond VA ) over 10 years ago

Good luck on the move. I understand what it can be like with the issues in packing.

Posted by Home Loan Search.Online (Home Loan Search Online) over 10 years ago

Donna - I know how you feel.  The last time I moved, it was with 4 kids (and my husband).  After that, my husband said that he never wanted to move again...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago

Hi Donna:

Good luck with the sale of your home, hoping that it will sell quickly!

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 10 years ago

Caron's, I'm definitely in my clients' shoes right now.  I still have most of the downstairs to do!

Nate, Thanks!

Integrity, Thank you!

Debi, I understand.  I'm still wondering where my clients put all the toys...

Diane, Thanks, me too!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago

4 years ago, we put our house up on the market. It was then that I acquired the habit of keeping the house in showing condition at all times. It was difficult but I rather much see the house that way. My husband on the other hand, doesnt like that we carried the idea into our new home. So, I keep up after him - which he is not bad to begin with. I love looking at the house this way.

I office out of my house so I have clients that come over, vendors, etc. and thank God, the house is pretty much good. Boomer's toys and such are all upstairs. That's the only thing good about having a 2-story house.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 10 years ago

So... are you going to list your home on anything but the mls? what extra will donna do besides the mls?

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 10 years ago

Hi Donna... My house/condo never looks as good as it does when I have it listed for sale.  There is everyday living and there is "ready to show" living, and there is definitely a difference!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Donna - Good time to do away with some things you haven't used for awhile. After you get moved and settled in your new home you will quickly forget this experience until the next time.

Posted by Carl Winters over 10 years ago

Don't you just hate difficult sellers!!!

Tell your hubby that you're the professional, you know what has to be done to sell a home and if he's not going to do it, you will! And he's not going to like the way you pack his stuff!!!

He'll get the clue!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 10 years ago

Loreena, Our gameroom has a pool table, treadmill, weights, bench press, entertainment center with TV and couch... no room for her toys, so they are downstairs in the living room with us.  I moved some to her bedroom, but she doesn't play in there, so not sure that will last.

Greg, I'll have to be careful with what I do since my broker won't be the listing broker... thin line to cross, though I'll have permission.

Steve, Yes, there certainly is!

C&C, Yes, we've been throwing out a ton of stuff.  Trash and recycling day are tomorrow!

Craig, I know!!  I told him again tonight that his office needed work, and he doesn't believe me.  My councelor (whom I go to just to have an unbiased person to complain to) says I need to write him a list of what needs to be moved and packed and then he'll get the picture... I'll do that tomorrow and have it ready for when  he's done playing golf (while I'm at home continuing to clean)!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 10 years ago