The first appointment was with two women, Jasmine and Tonna, who own Pro Estate Liquidators. I immediately liked them, and they explained what they would do for me, how they do it, what it would cost, etc. Their presentation answered all my questions before I asked them. Tonna is an Accredited International Appraiser and has been doing this kind of work for years, and I just got a really good vibe from them. I signed up for the first weekend in May. They will be here with their crew on May 2, Monday, to start pricing things. That's three weeks from today. The sale will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning of that week.
When they left I called the other company and cancelled our appointment.
When I originally talked to the first man a few weeks ago who was running an Estate Sale, he said I'd need to move out of the house, and be totally gone when the sale commenced. These women said I could still be living here. They would just tag anything large I wanted to keep, and they would put a wide tape or something across the cupboards containing food, and if I had a cupboard with things I was taking, they would do the same with that one, too. I could put all small things in one place, with a "Not for Sale" sign. That sounds good to me. I'm hoping to have everything in The Palms before then, but just in case, it's nice to have that option available.
If the sale is the first weekend of May, and the house is empty after that, I will still have three weeks until it's rented. I won't have to clean. The ladies will vacuum and clean the counters, and all I'll have to do is continue watering any plants that are left on the patio and clean the bathrooms and kitchen - whatever they don't clean. At that point, I won't have a vacuum, assuming it sells. Maybe that's why these companies vacuum carpets when the sales are over.
I could continue living here - because if it isn't leased at that point, I'd have to drive up to show it and I'd rather sleep in a sleeping bag here for a couple of weeks. Or I could have a showing at one time for everyone. That's what the Real Estate Agent said they do when leasing property they manage. One day, get everyone in at the same time, anyone interested can sign up, pay a fee for the reports that would be ordered, it's shown only once. (Assuming they get a good group, and do rent it to someone that came that day.) He said when people arrive and see other interested people there, some are more motivated to commit. We'll see. I'm thinking out loud, or I should say in print. Sometimes I go on and on (even more than ends up in the post). I find I can think this way and figure out things, or decide things. Then I go back and delete all the "thinking" stuff.
Of course, it might get leased early, too - wouldn't that be nice! : )
Now that the Estate Sale is planned, I needed to get the Craig's List ad posted. I already had my ad ready, and the photos I wanted to use, so I uploaded them all to Craig's List and it started this evening. We'll see what happens! The ad says it's available as of June 1. If I'm lucky enough to have it rented on June 1 or before, I'll be happily sitting in The Palms in the RV park on that date.
All of a sudden it seems very doable. Keep your fingers crossed!
Since I don't have any pictures today, here's a photo from tomorrow's post:
From Me and Katie, have a great evening, everyone! : )