We're feeling positive that this will be the year we move. New listings are finally coming on the market after the long dry spell that began before Thanksgiving. We've been looking for almost two years; we alternate between wary optimism and despair after all this time.
This living room, spotted in a current listing, cheered me right up:
I can just imagine the realtor having her typical chat with the seller:
Realtor: I think it would be a good idea to remove some of the, uh, extra stuff from this room. Buyers will want to imagine themselves living here, with their own furniture. So it needs to feel neutral — kind of under-furnished and impersonal, if you know what I mean.
Seller: Oh, I know exactly what you mean! That's why I've totally cleared it out. It feels almost too empty now. Minimalist, I guess. Don't you think?
Broker: Sure! But it's still impossible to move around without knocking over furniture.
Seller: Look, I really did a lot in here. I moved all of my life-size fashion dolls, my jukeboxes, and my taxidermy collection to the dining room. And my vintage motorcycle is in the master bedroom now...
Broker: Well, maybe we can rent a storage— OH, MY GOD! THERE'S A SNAKE IN HERE!
Seller: That's Maurice. He keeps the rodents down. I like to keep a snake in every room where I don't have bats. Let me show you the kitchen. That's where I moved my pinball machine.