Yesterday was yet another day spent on the eternal tweakenization of our rental property. Some of you may remember this as the property we were going to sell LAST YEAR. Some of you might also remember the fact that the housing bubble went kerplooey and houses weren’t selling like they used to, even cute little houses like this… houses with an awesome yard and a great garage and lake rights, did I say lake rights? Hmmm???
So… the past year has been filled with tweakage as we attempted to sell. The past year has consisted of lots of landscaping, lots of painting, some refinishing, even some remodeling. It became apparent somewhere during the course of events that the quaint and charming late 40’s cottage kitchen was not coming across and quaint and charming to our perspective buyers. We bit the bullet and redid the damn kitchen.
Still… it was not enough. It seems buyers think they are entitled to everything and anything these days. Yes, I know, it is a buyer’s market, but I think buyers have forgotten that the seller also has the right to say no.
One persistent woman, who came to look at the place 4 times, asked Grizzled if he would consider putting on an addition. You might recall that this specific property was originally someone’s sweet and charming little lake cottage. Did I say little? It’s little… it’s a bit over 600 sq ft. The garage is larger than the house, but the house is nice and is good for one person or a couple just starting out. It’s on a 1/3 of an acre corner lot. There is plenty of room to expand, but we figured that would be the buyer’s responsibility, not ours. This woman saw it differently. She told Grizzled that she saw the perfect house a few blocks away. It was 1800 sq ft.. Grizzled told her she should buy that one. She rebutted with the fact that it was too expensive, but this price was just right and the place would be perfect if only we’d put on an addition. Grizzled informed her that if we put on an addition, the price would go up. She looked confused.
Another woman looked at the house for her son. He would be working at Motorola, his first real post-college job, and she thought this house would be perfect a perfect "starting out" house for him. Grizzled agreed saying he had bought the house long, long ago when he was single and was doing research for US Gypsum. The only problem this woman saw was the fact that there wasn’t a “real” furnace and no central A/C. Grizzled pointed out the size of the house. It did not need a “real” furnace. He mentioned that it has only ever had a wall unit and that has always been adequate. He also pointed out that a window unit A/C was also adequate to cool the entire place if that was even needed at all given how much cross-ventilation there was. She harrumphed and said she’d take it as long as we dropped the price 19K so she could put in the furnace and the A/C. Grizzled said no. She looked confused.
I won't even go in to the story of the person wondering why we didn't use real granite for the counters... These examples have been the norm, not the exception, so we’re going back to renting… we’ll hopefully recoup what we spent on tweaking the kitchen and will then sell in a better market. I just hope the tweaking ends soon so we can actually have rent money coming in the door again. Grizzled seems to be the King of Tweakage. This should not surprise me as I often refer to him as Mr. Detail, but just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, therefore, I have become the Queen of Saying NO!!! Not one more thing goes on the project list! NO!!!!
So, yesterday was yet another day in the push-me, pull-you of getting it ready. We’ve never had trouble renting it. That should be the case again… that is as long as I can get Grizzled out of there. The place is too small to come with a permanent in-house tweaker.