Our house goes on the market later this week so I have been madly organizing and cleaning for about 3 weeks. It looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue in here with baskets holding toys, sweaters, school supplies, and paperwork. Today I super vacuumed and steam-cleaned most of the carpets and now have damp socks. However, the pressure washing and exterior painting contractor has not started yet and I am stressing over what the outside of the house looks like.
I've never owned a home before, and therefore have never sold one. I don't really know what to expect. Will hordes of people tramp in and out of our home every day? Will I become so stressed about trying to make it look "Better Homes and Gardens" perfect that my head actually explodes? (Just what I don't need, I would have to re-clean the carpets!)
I know perfectly well that it isn't really the house that I am worried about, I'm just transferring my anxiety. My mother is very ill and while I can't perform surgery or wave a magic wand to cure her, I can scrub my baseboards with a toothbrush and vacuum out the fireplace with a vengeance.