There is one good thing to be said for the process of selling your house: the house stays very, very clean.
There is also one bad thing to be said for the process of selling your house: the house has to stay very, very clean.
Would you believe it if I told you we vacuumed TWICE today? Not because the carpets needed it, but because we showed our house to one set of people, then we came home and vacuumed it again so that the carpets would look nice and free of footprints for the next set of people who came to see our house. I stopped myself from dusting the coffee table twice even though I noticed that in the short amount of time that we were home the table collected some tiny, smeared fingerprints. I decided that if someone doesn't buy our house over fingerprints, then those are the kind of people I don't want living in my house.
But mostly, I'm just saying it's ridiculously hard work. Especially with two kids.
Last week we had 20 minutes notice before a realtor brought some people by. In a way, 20 minutes is easier. There's only so much you can do, so much you can clean. You make sacrifices for what doesn't get cleaned, and hope it's good enough.
It's like the improv seminar I gave at a children's theatre camp last week. The school called me at 9:05 am, and asked why I wasn't on stage at 9:00 giving a seminar to 50 children. I raced over there, got on stage before 9:30, and away we went into the world of improv. I didn't have time to worry about it, didn't even have more than the 10 minutes I had in my car to prepare for it. But half a lifetime of theatre experience turned out to be more than enough to get me through two sessions of students.
All this to say that sometimes short notice is easier on you than you might think. A few minutes of frantic running around, or days of preparing and planning and cleaning the top of the refrigerator? Because it's just part of my nature that if I know someone is coming over to evaluate my house the house is going to be clean. Not just clean. Clean clean. So that they won't just like the house, they'll like like the house.
For the time being, all the cleaning has paid off. The house was shown today to a mother and her daughter, and then she came back a couple hours later to see it again because she liked the house so much. She even joked about hiding the key so that the people who were seeing the house later in the day wouldn't be able to get in the house. She's coming back tomorrow with her parents to see it again, which is a very good sign, right? I mean, nobody brings their parents to see a house they aren't interested in buying, unless they all have some sort of wicked mean streak in them to get potential home sellers' hopes up. Ha. Wouldn't that be something else. Or not.
Fingers crossed for tomorrow's showing. We'd really like to sell the house. I don't know how long I can keep up with this cleaning schedule.