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Downsizing 102: On to the next step

This post is more about the actual downsizing/merger process and less about decluttering/clearing out. Just so you know up front.

Now that Maggie has headed back to school and I've gotten her room cleaned (and the Jewish holidays are past, and I'm working on finding a new medication that might actually work since my RA med is bonking, and I've gotten over my recent bout with what was likely West Nile virus . . . ), I can finally turn my attention to the next planning stage, which includes the following considerations:

1. What still needs to be gotten rid of?

There's still a list of things that I know for sure are going, and are easy decisions, if not easily executed.

Near-term, they include a bunch of household items, some things that are stored in the attic (including a bunch of form files from when I was a lawyer, all of which need to be shredded), and some things that are stored in the garage. Some of them are worth money, though, so I'm looking for a consignment store or auction house for those items.

There's also a list of items that I know I'm getting rid of (I'm looking at you, family room sofa, loveseat, chair, and entertainment center), but that may not make sense to get rid of right now because they're useful for "staging" the house for sale.

2. What needs to be done to the house to prepare it for sale?

The answer is almost uniformly "painting" (some trim upstairs, the entire main floor - living room, dining room, kitchen, and family room), with "replace the family room rug" as a nice deviation. But we also need to do a curb appeal assessment, and soon. (My sweetheart is in the process of taking down the oversized dogwood tree in front of the house, and we know grass seed is in our near future, but there may be some other things on that list.)

3. When am I planning to list the house?

This doesn't have a solid answer yet, but it seems likely that February or March may be the answer. Because it will be after the kids return to college following their holiday breaks. So that seems to make sense, because why try to keep it clean for showings with two not-entirely-tidy girls in the house when I can wait a bit longer?

This step is a bit important to come up with a ballpark on, though, because then I have a deadline or, if you prefer, an endpoint for my timeline of things that have to get done in advance of listing the house. (See #2, above.)

4. What goes on the timeline?

Well, the stuff in #2 and #3 goes there, but so do other decisions, like what pieces of furniture are to be kept and which are to be sold or given away, both from my house and from my honey's house (which is, after all, fully furnished). And how the rooms at his house are going to be set up, including any prep work that might have to be done there (including painting and such). We have some plans/notions/ideas of projects there, including adding storage into the laundry room, but hey - we kind of need to get to it ahead of moving a bunch of stuff down there.

I should note at this point that none of these items is complete, either in the planning or execution stages. But some of the tasks are on a to-do list for September and October, and we're trying to knock them off as best we can.

Also? Writing this out to share here is making it easier for me to have a framework to work with as my planning phase continues this week. (When you're too fatigued to do the actual work, doing the planning's not a bad idea, methinks.)

Watch this space on Tuesdays for more on downsizing, decluttering, and merging two households.

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Sep. 18th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
I read somewhere that those interior paint jobs should be low priority in house sale. If it's truly just touch up trim, no biggie. But avoid painting a room. YOU'RE picking a color that someone may not like. House painting on the other hand. You will live in a yellow house (even if it's not your fav color) if it means YOU don't have to paint or pay to have painted a whole house.
Sep. 24th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting - I spent a bunch of time with Google and found out that you're right about the outside (unless it's a color that the person simply can't abide, in which case they rule your house out right away), but that the inside painting stuff is an inexpensive way (relatively) to sell the house quickly - a fresh coat of paint means they won't have to do it right away. And the strong orange in my dining room probably has to go - the one or two people who might love it are counterbalanced by scores who would shudder and see immediate "work" to be done.
Sep. 18th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm playing your process in my head like a movie--the life changes, the ups and the downs, the melancholy and the joy.
Sep. 24th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
We are a bit short on melancholy most days, although sometimes a bit creeps in. But I'm glad to be of entertainment use!
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