Monday, April 18, 2011

Estate Sale scheduled, and "Condo For Lease"

On Sunday I had two appointments with Estate Sale companies, one at 11:00 and one between 3 and 4.

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:

I just love him, isn't he beautiful?

From Me and Katie, have a great evening, everyone! : )


  1. I just love it when a plan comes together, don't you!

  2. How exciting for you. Glad you feel comfortable enough with your blog buds to "think out loud" with us. We don't mind a bit!!

  3. I knew you were the "get things done" kind of gal when you first started posting!

    It really sounds like things are coming together for you on this.

  4. So happy for you. Would love to be able to put a for sale sign out in the yard but there is so much fixing up to do. Now is not my time but I sure can be excited for you.

  5. When you like someone, you go with it and don't look back. Great job!

  6. I saw an ad for a rental on craigslist a couple of weeks ago, saying there would be an open house on Tuesday at such and such a time. I had no idea that this was not all that unusual. I sure hope you get it rented quickly.

  7. Yes, Things are moving along quite nicely right now aren't they. Good for you !!

  8. Wow good for you! I admire you. You're getting it done!

  9. After my dad died I checked into an estate sale and the lady who came to my house was going to charge me a fortune and walk away with most of the profit. I also had to be out of the house. Needless to say, no estate sale. Good luck to you.


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