Friday, April 3, 2009

Designed to Sell!

If any of you out there have ever been through the process of selling a home, I'm sure you can relate.

I, myself, have never experienced the JOY that comes from preparing a home to be listed in one of the worst real-estate markets in the country. Oh yes. To say the last few weeks have been joyful would be, well...

A right out L-I-E!
My stress level has been at an all-time high.
A long time ago, before I entered the land of mommyhood, I used to lounge leisurely on the couch feeding myself delicious treats and watching Designed to Sell on HGTV.

I would DELIGHT in the chosen couples wreck of a home. I was amused at the negative comments the real estate agent would drop like a 10 pound weight on these poor, design-less people. And I found it out-right hysterical watching the overly stressed house wife burst into tears when the wall paper she was removing didn't tear off in one big piece, but millions of itty bitty teensy weensy shards.

Perhaps I wasn't very sympathetic, I'll admit.
But I will never again watch that show with the same callousness of my unexperienced past.

The last 2 weeks I have been spending every free moment scrubbing and cleaning and dusting and washing and packing, and then doing it all over again. It took me more than two days alone just to scrub the grout and tiles in my living room and kitchen. On the plus side, I now have triceps of steel. Oh....and let's not forget. My floor looks amazing.

I have washed every wall, cleaned every baseboard, scrubbed every light switch and cabinet door, and molding, and window, and mirror, and shelf, and...
I think you get the idea.
And I am exhausted. But it's finished. And as of yesterday evening, our home is officially listed For Sale on the Arizona MLS.
{Can I get a Halleluyer, people?!}
(a la Oprah style, of course)
So....anyone wanna buy a house?
Believe me when I say, you'll be getting a STEAL!

Front of Home

Living Room

Dining Area /Eat in Kitchen


Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom

Bedroom #2 or Office

Computer Nook

Bedroom #3

Bathroom #2

Backyard & Patio

And now, my house is all clean, my laundry is caught up, my sewing things are all packed up, Miles is taking his daily 3 hour nap...
I guess all there's left to do is turn on Designed to Sell and hope my home sells just as quickly.
Any takers????


  1. Love the curtains, love the bedding (including the euro shams.....Mike!) I can tell you have worked hard. I am sending out positive thoughts in to the universe for you. Love you and good luck!

  2. What a BEAUTIFUL HOME! You did an AWESOME job getting it DESIGNED TO SELL...Looks like its straight out of a magazine. GOOD LUCK!

  3. SOLD!!! Now I just need to find a way to get it to Ohio! The house looks great, all the hard work you have done really shows. I think anyone would be crazy not to buy it especially at such a great deal! Hope it sells fast!

  4. oh girl - we're trying to sell, too. Craziness!! Scottie got accepted to the Berkeley MBA program, so we're CA bound. We're excited for the change ... but dreading the move! Good luck! And, of course, your house house is completely beautiful.

  5. Oh Sarah,
    Your house is beautiful! We are planning on moving this summer too. I havent got as far as you though - I am seriously dreading cleaning out six years and five kids worth of stuff!
    Good Luck!

    p.s. Miles takes 3 hour naps? Does he have any advice for Lorelei? ;)

  6. hey this is dave petty, email me some more info about your house and contact info and I will pass the word on to people moving to phoenix for phoenix childrens.

  7. Your house is so nice! I love how you've decorated. I must admit, I wish everyone would post pictures of their house even if they weren't selling just so I could look at them :) I'm kind of nosy. Hope it sells fast!