Getting the House ready to sell!
Fortunately we had started downsizing as our children left the nest. My latest is a modest size home that was in need of some TLC. We have spent the last ten years doing some minor remodeling.
Such as: We tore out the entire kitchen and put in all new cabinets and appliances. I believe this was year 2 and 3. The first year was getting rid of 9 really large messy pine trees and getting the outside landscaping in order.
Year 4 and 5. We tore out all the carpeting to let the beautiful Oak hardwood show. Yeah right! Some idiot took a belt sander to it and "finished" it for good. So instead I ripped out ALL the windows (single pane) old style like in a mobile home type. I replaced them with vinyl double pane, low E, easy to clean (they tilt inward for cleaning) windows.
Year 6 and 7. I then removed a wall to make the kitchen living rooms bigger. Of course we painted all the walls. Then i installed floating, strand bamboo engineered flooring through out. Except for the bed rooms. They are still carpeted. Except for one!
At this point, I feel obligated to impart to you (especially you younger parents) the commandments that I wish someone would have given to me.
One - Never, ever allow a cute teenage girl with long eyelashes and blinking eyelids influence your perfectly sane rational decisions to NOT paint her bedroom room Purple with a wallpaper border of pixies and fairies. That is unless you never intend to re-do the room. Of course the Realtor says, paint in a light neutral color. After you remove the border. RIGHT! Soft White does not cover purple until after 5 or 6 coats.
Two - Never, ever allow the cute wife/mother with the long eyelashes and blinking eyelids help your teenage daughter convince you that you are wrong.
Three - Never, ever allow the cute teenager look at the room that you are re-doing. You most definitely will hear "What have you done to MY room?"
Four - Never, ever allow the cute wife/mother see the room that you are "done" with until after the house is sold.
Five - Never, ever think for a minute that the cute teenager is still your long eyelash, eye blinking little girl. She has grown to be a female viper with 6 inch stiletto heels, and will not stop tormenting you until you return the room (that she no longer uses) back to her prepubescent days.
Six - Never, ever think for a moment that you will just use that couple gallons of paint that have been sitting around for years. You will run out before you are done, and the cute wife/mother will instruct you to get "extra paint" so you can now do the last bedroom that you had no intention of touching.
And last but not least - Never, ever think for a moment that you will be allowed to take the motor home, by yourself, and park it someplace quite.
It just ain't gonna happen!!!