Sunday, June 27, 2010

more purging…

Well we had our first garage sale about 3-4 weeks ago and now that we have to list the house we had another one this past weekend. Between the two of the them we netted about a grand and got rid of an awful lot of stuff. The stuff left over from this one was sorted ISshy27co8csdf into three piles – stuff to go to the curb for freecycle; stuff to go to the mission; and stuff to be retained for the last of our garage sales that will be held just after we have a signed and agreed upon house contract. Then we will have a final living estate sale to get rid of all the larger items in the home that we don’t give away to our kids or sell with the house.

So once again we will try to sell the house and we have decided to list it with a flat fee real estate listing firm here in Texas called the Listing Firm. For a nominal fee they will list our property on the MLS listings and we will offer a three percent “buyers finders” fee to any real estate agents who find us an appropriate buyer.  We will then turn over the paperwork to our lawyer to close the deal.  This will save us at least $4,000 in saved listing commissions that agents normally charge. So today it is clean up the garage and get the house to a “ready stage” for showing… then it is pictures taken for the web… and finally pay for the listing and we are ready for the next round in the saga of “Can we sell our home!”…  wish us luck!


  1. Good Luck! We had our initial garage sale in May - but won't have to have the serious-house-emptying ones for a while. We haven't decided exactly when we'll put the house on the market - I've been saying this fall, but there's so much to be "cleaned up" in order to do so, and I'm a horrible procrastinator. I guess I need to start making lists of "to do's." I'll look into the "listing firm" idea - and see if there's something similar in California.

  2. I hope we are about where you are by spring of next year. Fall at the latest.

    I put a lot of stuff in boxes in the garage and will not open them until I am ready for a sale.

  3. We did very well when we had our garage sale also. I worked so hard and was pleasantly surprised at how many people showed up and how much we sold. We did the very same thing with what was left. Each step takes you one step closer to the goal.
    Congratulations on a productive garage sale!!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  4. thanks for all the supporting comments... yes we are getting closer and closer to the goal... the house is looking more and more roomier with all that stuff gone :)

  5. Good Luck with the sale of your house. We have had our share of the garage sale thing.

    Stay Safe