Thursday, January 5, 2012

House-Hunting Continues

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.


  1. Too funny!

    I remember looking at a condo when we first came to Boston that was rented by someone who obviously didn't want to move.

    When we arrived there was a step ladder and tools in the middle of the room, post-it notes that listed things that needed attention. And, this was clearly a neat person who had tossed things around and messed up the place to make it look bad. It also looked like some extra furniture had been brought in to make it look cramped. We all had a good laugh.

  2. Too funny indeed! Just think what a blast the cats could have in there, hiding toys under the chairs, and swatting those statuettes down to the floor. It would be pretty easy to get on that chandelier, too.

  3. Oops - that was meant to be 4catstoo. I haven't lost two lately, just mis-typed. Maybe the glass of wine I'm sipping as I do this . . .

  4. Phew, I'm glad it's still four and not two!


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