I have been writing about my continuing downsizing efforts. It’s all come down to this: My house is being listed on MLS today and is officially on the market. My Realtor put a “coming soon” sign in the front yard last weekend. Following that, and before it was listed today, she showed the house five times to different buyers. One seemed very interested but no offer so now the house is open to all lookers. I just received my first text message requesting a showing this afternoon. (Scheduling is automated now.)
I’m a little nervous about the listing price. It’s aggressively high in my opinion but my Realtor says recent sales in the neighborhood support it. We shall see.
I’m feeling a little separation anxiety. Although I moved out in February, my youngest son is there until he moves to Birmingham this summer. But I feel good about letting go and look forward to no longer having to maintain that house. It needs a new family to enjoy and appreciate the room I longer need or use.
As an example of the maintenance obligations I am trying to leave behind, last Tuesday I had the area in front of the house re-landscaped. The next morning, the main drain line from the house was blocked. A camera inspection revealed a partially separated drain pipe. The plumber had to dig a home three feet deep – in the new landscaping – to repair it. I told my Realtor to please sell the house before something else breaks. I was very fortunate that the water draining did not back up into my new carpeting downstairs. It came close.
Downsizing is an interesting process. The emotions ebb and flow but overall it has been a positive experience. With fewer things in my life, I can apply more attention to what brings me pleasure.
Speaking of time for pleasure, last Monday we completed our beginner swing dance lessons. Tonight we start learning the Argentine Tango. (It looks complicated so I am skeptical of my ability to master it.) Next week we start intermediate swing dance lessons. Thus, we will be dancing two nights a week. Great fun and exercise at the same time.
In addition to being a great dancing partner, Susan has been tremendously supportive and helpful to me through this downsizing process.
Life as a baby boomer is good right now.