Big week. We’re meeting with the designer tomorrow, so we’ll know pretty soon if our idea of a dream home can be drawn up for a reasonable cost. Whether it can be built for a reasonable cost is another matter entirely. But first things first.
In the meantime, Mrs. Groovy and I spent the weekend going through Groovy House and noting what has to be done in order to get it ready for sale this spring. And, happily, the list wasn’t exhaustive. Here it is.
Groovy House Punch List
- Touch up paint under the desk and on the wall by the sofa.
- Caulking between the toe molding and the baseboard by the desk.
Mr. Groovy’s Bedroom
- Caulking on the right side of the closet system.
- Touch up paint in the closet.
Mr. Groovy’s Bathroom
- Fix leaky fitting in the vanity under sink.
- Re-caulk the shower stall.
Mrs. Groovy’s Bathroom
- Put back lower shelf in the linen closet (it was removed to accommodate a litter box for Groovy Cat).
- Re-caulk the garden tub.
- Add shelving above the toilet.
- Replace the toilet paper holder.
- Replace the faucets.
- Replace the cabinet hardware.
- Re-caulk by the start of the stairs.
- Power wash.
- Re-caulk some of the joints between the cement fiber boards.
- Finish workbench (trim and drawers).
All in all, Groovy House is in excellent shape. Everything works, and the big three—plumbing, electrical, and HVAC—are as right as rain. [Mrs. Groovy here. Maybe you’ve glossed over this in a post but perhaps this would be a swell time to remind our readers that we don’t sleep in the same room? That all the men in the Groovy family snore like bears?]
Over the next few months, I’ll be taking care of everything on the punch list save the exterior stuff (I’ll leave painting a two-story house to the pros). Mrs. Groovy’s job will be choosing a realtor. And regardless of how often I tell Mrs. G not to obsess over this decision—our house is beautiful and our neighborhood is hot, so any competent realtor will be fine—she’ll ignore my pleas. [Mrs. Groovy here. Yes I will totally ignore you. Someone is going to earn thousands of dollars on an easy sale. We’re a realtor’s dream. We do whatever they tell us to make the home show great. I’m meeting three realtors and asking them a few choice questions. Then we’ll pick one. Yes we. You get a vote, too, honey, even if I do all the work. Isn’t that what marriage is all about?] And she’ll drive me crazy. [Mrs. Groovy here. That’s my job.] But that’s okay. We now have a Groovy Fight-O-Meter to help sort things out. [Mrs. Groovy here. This was SO totally my idea.]
And speaking of the Groovy Fight-O-Meter…
The Groovy Fight-O-Meter
We only had one fight last week. As we were making our Groovy House punch list, I thought it would be nice for aesthetic reasons to add a storm door to the front entrance. Mrs. Groovy didn’t think the added aesthetics would be worth the cost. Some choice words were exchanged and I made a hasty retreat. Mrs. Groovy total dehumanized me. And to make my abject surrender on this particular fight even worse, we now have a spectacular Fight-O-Meter* to highlight my humiliation. Check it out.
Okay, groovy freedomists, that’s all I got. Any tips on how to ready a house for sale will be greatly appreciate. Peace.
* Haha! Just so you know, the illustrator of the Groovy Fight-O-Meter is the same person who has done the artwork for my ebook. The identity of this mystery person will be revealed this spring.