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For Sale

August 25th, 2012

It’s Official! There’s a sign on the front hillside…and this photo shows me I need to get out and trim the grass in the ditch out front. When Mr Chiots saw the crooked sign he went out and straightened it. The listing isn’t on the website yet, not sure when that will go up, hopefully soon!

We’re in the process of buttoning up the upstairs project, no showings can happen until that’s finished. Today we’re installing doors and laying the floor in the bathroom. All the drywall mudding will happen on Monday. Depending on how long that takes, painting will happen Tues or Wed. All the fixtures and trim will most likely go in on Thursday or Friday and we’ll be FINISHED!

It’s good to finally have the house up for sale. This is the first/only home we have owned so it’s a completely new experience for us. We shall see how this process goes, should be interesting.

Have you ever sold a home or two, or three?

On Being Descriptive

August 23rd, 2012

Mr Chiots and I always have a great time laughing at real estate listings. When we were looking, we’d read through the description and look at the photos and joke about what was the real meaning behind words like “rustic”, “quaint”, “needs love”, etc.

Hopefully, there won’t be too much of that in the listing for this place when it finally goes on-line, I may write the description myself with the help of a friend. I’ll definitely be writing the garden portion. Unfortunately, our real estate agent is not the least bit interested in gardening and it shows. That’s kind of sad, because the outdoor area of the home is almost as important as the inside and, as a gardener, something I found very lacking when were looking at houses.

Yesterday, I spent some time taking photos of the house and collecting all the garden photos I wanted to share. After showing them to a friend I have a few new ones to take today to round out the collection.

Trying to figure out how to describe the house/gardens without being too wordy can be a challenge. The photos will speak better than the words anyways, so I’ll focus more time on those. I’ll be writing the full description today to give to the real estate agent this afternoon along with all the photos.

It’s really hard to describe your house and gardens in just a few sentences since it’s so much more than just a house, it’s a home. I guess the people who will buy this place will make it their own, so to them it is just a house.

If you had to describe your garden for the real estate listing what would you say? Any great suggestions for things you like to read in real estate listing?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.