So, it’s been a week since we put our house up for sale by owner. We’ve had one private showing so far and decided to hold an Open House yesterday for the masses of people who CLEARLY want to buy our house.
Before the Open House, we hadn’t had a great response. In truth, I was feeling a little disappointed. But a dozen fliers had been grabbed (while we know some of them definitely went to our neighbors who were curious). And our neighbors told us they saw lots of cars slowing down after we put up the Open House sign.
So, we were not deterred.
To advertise the Open House, we purchased an advertisement in the local paper, included the times on our online For Sale by Owner listing and Craigslist listing and put up signs in our yard with directional signs from main roads.
The house was clean and ready. If you clean it, they will come, I say. Here is a shameless photo of how great the dining room looked.
And then nobody showed up. For the first hour, I sat feeling sick.
My inner dialogue:
“What if no one comes?”
“What if no one buys the house?”
“Oh my God, NO ONE IS GOING TO BUY THIS HOUSE! We’re going to go always own 3 houses, go into bankruptcy and then probably DIE!”
(Do you ever end a rant with saying “And then we’re going to die!”? I do. All the time. Always the practical one.)
But then I realized that this whole thing is truly out of my control. Our house is quite lovely. It’s in a great neighborhood. Someone would be lucky to buy it.
And Ryan and I made the joint decision to try the For Sale by Owner thing. For goodness sakes, we DIY everything else. Why not try this? And it’s only been a week. I cannot drag anyone by gunpoint to put in an offer (as much as I may like to do so).
So, I decided not to jump off the roof (joking) and took a few deep, calming breaths. And wouldn’t you know it? I felt better about the whole thing.
And at this point, a family pulled up and looked at the house. Then a nice couple. Both were very complimentary of the home. Will they buy it? Maybe not. But, at least someone showed up.
(Although, seriously? Only 2 families? Anyway… I’m calm.)
We’re going to keep on keeping on at this point. We may list it ourselves on flat-fee MLS for a bit more exposure. (Anyone have any experience with this?) But, at least we’re giving it a go.
And if we don’t get any bites in the next few months, we’ll list it with a realtor. So, life will go on. And no one will die. Probably.
Any tips for us?
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