Tag Archives: selling home

Make the bad man stop

I’m up late and up early to prepare for the photography session for my house.
Ann, my agent, is here before the photographer ‘just to see how things look.’ Her quick preview evolves into her sweeping the entire street in front of my house and hauling off bags of leaves. (Not my yard – the street. [...]

Listing Price

I bought my house for $262,00 in June of 2007. (There were multiple bids on the house, so I overbid the asking price of $259,000.)
The original structure was a 630 sq ft one bedroom/one bath home built in 1943.
When I bought my house, someone had already added about 250 sq ft in a big room [...]

Blog therapy

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll remember that I used to have panic attacks about this blog. (I mean, really serious anxiety attacks where I almost deleted the whole thing in the middle of the night because I was freaking out.)
I was thinking about this because yesterday Joey (the only person who reads [...]

I’m tired.

I am getting a new roof today.
I’m headed to my training for Meals on Wheels this afternoon!
I’m on Day 10 of my giving.
I’m still going to AA meetings.
I found this great new debt management video:

Countup: 16 days of no drinking!
(I don’t feel sane enough to call it sobriety yet.)
Countdown: 141 days until I move into [...]

A boring post and a thousand miles in the Arctic

Most of you are not interested in this level of detail, but I need to keep this stuff straight to stay organized. (If you do read this, please let me know if you notice any errors in my work and/or thinking!)
Goal Date for RV:
My goal is to be in the RV by May 1st. That [...]

My house is looking good; me, not so much

My house is starting to come together.
One bad thing is that my brother said we can’t do the roof ourselves, as there are already two (maybe three) layers of shingles that need to be removed.
I called a roofing company to get an estimate on roof removal and replacement, as well as just on removal (where [...]

oh please god not again

My brother Joel arrives tonight. We are going to do the rest of the updates on my house this weekend.

But I kind of wanted to keep those

I look forward to getting rid of my house.
I look forward to getting rid of my furniture.
I have major separation anxiety with getting rid of my books.
My real estate agent said I have to move out the bookcases that are barring my front door. (I’m working on that issue.)
I have already cut my library in [...]

This may have been futile

I worked hard on my house.  Joel worked extremely hard on my house. (And I did pay him his daily rate and for materials – about $1,000 total.)
But I don’t know if all of our work was a waste of time.
After all the scraping, sanding, and repainting, I’m not sure the exterior of my house [...]

Return of the Wimp

I like to act tough. I like to seem strong. I like for people to think that I can kick ass.
After I do that, I usually run in my room and hide for a few days.
That is what I did today.
Working on my house kicked my ass.

Getting my ass kicked, part I

My real estate agent told me that if I want to list my house for over $300K, I have to have my house and garage scraped, painted, and re-roofed.
In my new era of self-reliance (and with the help of my builder brother), I decided to do the home improvements myself.
I felt like a bad ass [...]

Oh my god that was easy!

I still had a bunch of items that Lifeworks didn’t want to take, but that I needed to get rid of before my brother arrives on Thursday.
So I moved it out to my curb this morning and posted a quick email to my Neighborhood Association.
From: Jennifer <iam@livinginmycar.com>
Date: Sun, Nov 1, 2009 at 9:46 AM
Subject: Free [...]

It looks good on you, though.

My husband has never been a fan of my decorating style. One person described it as “whimsical Alfred Hitchcock” and another as “creepy, but still cool.”
I like to think of my tiny house as vintage funky. But at 880 sq ft. (and with only one closet), my OCD has to stay in overdrive to keep [...]

Jenny the Roofer

At 2:00 pm. Ruth Ann walks through my front gate, her eyes on the peeling grey paint and overgrown landscaping.
“Jennifer, how are you? Have you finished your PhD?”
Stepping into her hug, I glance self consciously at my neglected yard, “Uh, well, no, I quit.”
I met Ruth Ann while crashing open houses for homes I couldn’t [...]

Home Listing Price, part II

My appointment with my real estate agent was rescheduled for today. She will be here at 2pm to see the remodel as well as to show me comparable sales for my neighborhood.
Please be close to $300K!