Sunday, June 24, 2012

Selling a House Causes Weight Gain!

by Leann

We finally put our house on the market this week. Big hurdle jumped! Yay! But the Realtor suggested when she calls to tell us someone wants to see the house, that we take the dog and the cat with us for the hour of the showing. Take the litter box, hide the food, and the dog bed. Oh, and the scratching post. Friday was pure chaos with barking dog and screeching cat wondering why I thought I could disrupt their world. They do have a schedule and why didn't I know this?

We made it through the turmoil and Saturday did the whole routine again. My husband took the dog, this time. Whew. Less chaos. Just an angry cat to deal with. Friday, I'd gone to Sonic and had tater tots and a carmel-coffee milkshake. Or should I say, the dog and I had tater tots and a carmel-coffee milkshake. Saturday I stopped at Dunn Brothers Coffee and treated myself to a "Real Raspberry LaCrema." Talk about yummy!!! Then I joined my husband at Sonic and enjoyed mozzarella sticks. Not only is this costing me money, I probably gained 5 pounds for just two showings!

I have been ill since 2005 and have lost a lot of weight, so I do need those milkshakes (or so I am telling myself), but I don't think a coffee milkshake everyday is exactly what I need. Next showing? I think a yogurt smoothie at Mickey D's is in order. It is the only thing on their menu I will drink. Very Berry. Yup. Got it all planned out. And perhaps a cheeseburger for the dog. Wexford the cat? He wants NOTHING to do with any of this. In fact, he'll probably hide from me until we sell the house.

How about you? Any house selling stories to tell? I'd love to hear them! :-)

16 comments:

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness did I laugh when I read that! I have lost almost 50 pounds over the last year and a half and have a last stubborn 15 to go. Well had...now it is 23! Our house has been on the market too and has cost me 8 pounds! The last time we showed the house there was a storm on the horizon (which one of our dogs hates) so we drove around the neighborhood for an hour with all three in our small 2005 Prius! Now we have an offer and it is no better. Silly little changes have kept it from being official for two weeks. Now we have a little over a month to find temporary housing while we build. One that will allow for three dogs and a cat! And of course the packing! I am firmly in your corner!!! Hang in there and good luck! :-)

Kristen

PS : I have dusted off the Nordic track in an effort to fight back against the new found pounds. 4 down, 4 to go....plus 15, lol! I consider it training for the actual move!

Kristen said...

I neglected to add that my coping mechanism came in the form of wine and cheese after (or instead of) dinner. Oh and a little chocolate too, they say that helps stress! Why does good stuff have so many calories?! Trying to stay strong and motivated, but just writing about it makes me hungry, lol! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Congrats to you, Kristen! And 3 dogs in Prius? With a storm coming? I'd have a milkshake or two to compensate! LOL!

Maggie Sefton said...

All right, Leann---I did not need to know about the Real Raspberry Crema. Don't think we have a Dunn coffee in TX which is probably a good thing. But I'll probably have to try it next time I visit Serena in TX. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

It was sooooooooooooo GOOD. I want another one! :-)

grammajudyb said...

Don't have any house selling pet stories yet.....but we are moving my MIL out of her house to an independent living facility. She has been in that house since 1960. Oh MY!!!! give me strength!!

Tonya Thomas said...

Grammajudyb: Been there, done that. What a nightmare. Even wrote an e story about it. It's called: MOM CAN'T LIVE ALONE ANYMORE (You can find it on Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/7y2upn6 -- also available at all other e formats (Nook, Kobo, etc.) Of course my version is fictionalized, but barely so. The world of elder care is so fraught with angst. I hope your journey wasn't too unsettling.

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, grammajudyb! My husband's parents had been in their house since 1950. When they passed away, it took more than a year to clear it out. Once it was cleaned out, it sold "as is" for the asking price. Older construction rocks! Beautiful floors and cabinets, but they were packrats like my husband, so it was hard to find that beautiful old house underneath the clutter. But we did! Good luck!

Susan L said...

I don't have a selling story, but getting a house built was sometimes not fun. We went to visit my husband's family in Ontario in the middle of it and (even with my parents checking on it every other day) came home to several things done wrong--including the wrong countertops. The contractor/builder didn't understand that we were not perfectly happy going six figures in debt for something we didn't want. He was a bully and I don't like bullies. Grrr. We've been in the house almost a year now, but the delays of last summer (we were supposed to move in late July but it had to wait until the end of August. As a teacher in Louisiana, we had already gone back to school.) still smart.

Leann Sweeney said...

You sure do have to keep an eye on everything, Susan. I understand your frustration. But I hope everything turned out for the best and you are enjoying your new home. Next up for us after moving will be finding an architect for our retirement home. It's exciting!

Jane R said...

I'm convinced that moving can take years off of your life (or pack on the pounds!). My favorite story is from my cousin, who used to put 2 toddlers in the car, along with the family dog and (almost always) several loads of dirty laundry.... and she drove a compact. Not sure where she went but that was back when gas was a lot less expensive, so she may have just driven around, listening to children's songs and singing along.

Leann Sweeney said...

Jane, I can tell you I am SO GLAD I no longer have young children. I'd be lying in an exhausted heap on the floor if I had to bundle them into the car in this heat along with the pets ... and yes, anything I can't cram into a cupboard!

Aurian said...

Lol, never sold a house, but I agree with your realtor about getting rid of the animals. As a very allergic person, getting ill while watching a house would not make it a bestseller for me!

Leann Sweeney said...

Our cat is young and for some reason, he doesn't shed--yet. So we are lucky there! I'm sure one of these days he'll decide it's time to deposit his entire coat all over the place, but so far so good!

TikiBwana said...

I hated selling our house 16 years ago... hubby was in NY at NYU getting an LLM in Tax, I was home in San Antonio with 2 girls in kindergarten and 3rd grade... They would be playing, or we would be getting ready to sit down to eat, and suddenly, a realtor would call for a showing. We would drop everything and leave.The constant pressure to keep the house spotless with 2 kids, 3 bassets, and a cat... nerve-wracking!! Especially since the last thing I had to check before we got in the car was to see if the cat had made another one of her "gifts" to us on the front porch...aka a head from an unfortunate bird!!
Add to that the fact one idiot drove into our driveway, staring at the realtor's sign, and hit our other kitty and killed her. Two very distraught girls and a sweet cat killed by an inconsiderate twit.
Also, someone stole the youngest's charm bracelet-- I messed up and left it in plain sight.
The girls were great at keeping everything neat... unfortunately, during one showing, the people let their kids play with their toys, mess up their rooms, pop heads off barbies.. well, I was ticked off. Called that realtor and read him the riot act... said how would he like it if I came in his house and drank his brandy...only then did he get how my kids felt violated.

All of that, plus some time as a realtor later, taught me one thing.

If I ever sell this house, I will have already vacated it!

And my advice to anyone selling a house-- if you are sitting down to dinner or something like that-- tell the realtor "NO"-- if they are really interested, they will schedule for a better time.

That, and open houses don't sell the house, they are so the realtor can get more clients!

Leann Sweeney said...

tikiBwana--I hope this is the LAST TIME we will ever have to do this. We are building our retirement home and will stay in a rental once we move. One year, when we were building the house we live in now, we had to move 4 times in one year. AKKK! You sound like you managed things very well in spite of everything. Last night when they showed the house, at least I went for tea instead of a milkshake while I waited at Wendy's! :-)