The sale of our house is going slow. We had two weeks with no inspections but today and last Saturday we've had people looking.
Last Saturday was actually a bit of a muddle and I wasn't impressed. I've got work to do at home now and had planned on doing that Saturday while Mick was up the road working on the other house. Friday the agent rang and said there were people wanting to inspect 10am Saturday. We got up bright and early to do housework and tidy everything up. We like to have the house spotless when people are coming to look - a bit of a rod for our own backs. We spend two hours making sure nothing is out of place before every inspection.
Just 25 minutes before they were due to come, the agent rang to say the people had called saying they hadn't even left Melbourne yet! I thought that was a bit selfish. It's at the very least 1 1/2hrs away so they'd known for more than an hour that they weren't going to be able to get here for 10am. So now they'd come at 11.30. I'd packed away all traces of my work - paperwork, printer, laptop. It wasn't worth getting it all out for an hours work to then have to pack it all away again. I wasn't impressed.
At 11am I took Coco and we went up the street to scrape wallpaper at the other house and have coffee with Mick. He needed something from the shops so I drove down just before 12 and there was the agent still waiting outside the house. It was after 1pm before he called to say they'd finished their inspection. A good half day gone over one house inspection and as it turned out they weren't even serious buyers.
Two weeks before we had another couple make an appointment and after waiting half an hour for them the agent had to leave. I headed home to see them wandering around our yard!
Today we did it all again, the big housework thing. The people turned up on time but weren't here for very long. A bit of a disappointment - the serious ones have been here for an hour or more. We're thinking today's visit wasn't a serious buyer either, or they just didn't like the place.
Eventually we'll get the right buyer. We just have to be patient. At this stage we're not overly worried about selling just now. There's so much to be done up the road so if it takes another month we'll be happy with that.
Our house appeals to Melbourne buyers but we need someone ready to retire and move up here. So far they've all been people wanting a weekend place. It's an awful lot of garden and maintenance for just weekending..... we know because we've done it!