We had the Realtor who originally sold us the house come out Friday. We liked her and she did a good job for us when we purchased the house, so we figured we'd probably use her to list the house when we get ready. I explained to her that we weren't quite ready to list it, but just wanted an idea of what she thought it was worth now. It was idea to come out and look at the property. She sold us the property, but was not the listing agent, so I wasn't sure she actually knew all she should know about our property. After we talked a while, I gave her the golf cart tour of the entire property. I wanted to make sure she knew exactly where our property lines were, that the pasture is fenced, where the out buildings are, that we have a storm shelter, etc.
She was all set to put the for sale sign up, but we explained (again) that we were not ready for that yet. She left with some comps for previously sold houses in the area and a few more of ones that are currently listed. The trouble is that here, we are in the country and there are no other properties that are really comparable. It's very different from when we listed our house in a subdivision in Tampa.
In some ways, I wonder if we should just go ahead and list it and continue to work to get it ready. After all, what if our one buyer is out there, just looking for this type of property? On the other hand, I don't want to scare off the one buyer with a house that isn't in as good of condition as it should be. Plus, if a realtor called and said they had someone wanting to come look at the house tomorrow...I'd just panic. No way am I ready for someone to look...everywhere!
It was stressful enough making everything presentable enough for the Realtor. We tried to get everything all mowed, trimmed, and prettied up outside. Inside, I basically cleaned and de-cluttered the surface areas. The cupboards need work and the two other bedrooms are full of "stuff". We're trying to keep everything picked up and start living like we expect company :) Boy, do I hate that!
So, I guess we are going to try to get some of the outside painting done and work on the two "junk" rooms and try to get it listed before the grass turns brown!
Al has been under the weather the past few days, so we haven't made much progress.