Why Moving Sucks – Part A

Part A – Selling Your House

Anyone who has ever had to sell the place where they are currently living knows that selling your house sucks. Here are just a few of the reasons.

1) To get your house ready to show to strangers, you have to do all the things you have been meaning to do since you moved in. In our case this involved painting the living room, painting the computer room, replacing the toilet flush kits, scraping all of the concrete off of our windows (from when they poured the concrete from our new porch) and a whole bunch of other minor things. Now our house looks beautiful, but we’re not going to live here anymore.

2) Dirty laundry. Where am I supposed to keep all of this dirty laundry that is piling up that I don’t have time to do because people keep coming over to look at my house? I can’t just be folding underpants when people come over. Can I? I mean, I have a load in the washer and a load in the dryer as I’m typing this, but two loads of laundry doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of what is happening in my garage.

3) Naptime. For those of you with more than one child, you can probably appreciate the beauty of all of your children sleeping at once. Anyone with even one child can appreciate the necessity of naptime for a one year old. Yesterday (twice) as soon as both kids fell asleep my realtor called and said that people wanted to see the house – now. Two guys came to look at the house yesterday afternoon, and I just told them to talk softly, and I let the kids sleep. Which beings me to my next point…

4) The only time The Goon Squad isn’t (aren’t?) busy trashing the house is when they are sleeping.

5) The peak time to show your house is after work. The Squad likes to eat dinner at 5:00 and they are usually in bed asleep by 6:30. For the past two days we’ve been hiding over at my parents hose at this time of day. Yesterday, I thought it would be nice to try to take them out to dinner – just the four of us, but Claudia made it abundantly clear that she could not be trusted to sit quietly in a restaurant at that time. Claudia actually made it clear that she couldn’t be trusted to stand quietly in our driveway while I put Ian in his car seat. I’m pretty sure that the neighbors think I beat the children because they spend so much time yelling on the porch and in the driveway. I think we are just loud people.

6) Liars. On Wednesday, my realtor called at 2:00 and said these people were coming to look at my house in one hour (these were the people I made look at the house quietly yesterday), so I took the kids out on the porch at about 1:55 so we would be out of the way and so they couldn’t dump all of the megablocks out in the living room or take every one of their books off of the shelf before the buyers came to see the place. At 4:14 I called my realtor to see what was going on. She had to call the other realtor and he said that the guys had to go back to work and they weren’t going to be able to make it. I spent an hour and 15 minutes out on the porch and another 20 minutes trying to keep Ian out of the fireplace before we realized that they weren’t coming and just hadn’t bothered to call and say so. These people don’t know this, but this house costs more for them than for other people. Bastards.

There are about 30 other reasons I can think of including, but not limited too: eating is messy, cheerios are messy, I’m tired, it is strange to turn on every light in the house and then leave, I’m pretty sure Sid is going to escape at some point and I hope he doesn’t get hit by a car because I seriously doubt if some random person is going to go into the bushes to drag him out, I’m scared people will see the snakes in the bushes, Claudia is messy, Ian is messy, I am messy, we can’t eat meals like regular people, I don’t get to bathe as often as I like to and when I go to my Mom’s house Ian keeps looking for Grandma, but she is in Atlanta this weekend and it is makes me sad when he runs around her house looking for her and waving and saying “Hi, Ma?”

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  1. on the upside we will be paid for our troubles.

  2. God. I hated showing our house. Eventually I stayed at home or went out in the yard. I just couldn’t leave every single time. And the kids took a lot of naps in the car when I did, which meant for horrible nap days. It will all be over soon. Hang in there.

  3. Yes, and I meant to add at the end that we only listed the house on Monday and I’m thrilled that we are getting this much traffic, but I had to leave the house.

  4. This is why it doesn’t pay to buy a house. I don’t care how much money you make off the deal, I’d rather rent for the rest of my life, be able to call the landlord when something doesn’t work, and simply move my stuff and forfeit the deposit when I’m ready to leave.

  5. See? You’re not supposed to go. When will you get that?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe I can’t just buy your house. Alas the blue of not being able to close when you need me to…..some stupid lover of “Bushes full of Snakes” is going to buy the house that was supposed to be mine!
    – Bridgette

  7. I’m NEVER moving! Good thing I like my house!

  8. We are thinking of moving after the winter and are trying to get all those little things done; painting, touching up, replacing broken things… Then I will be in your shoes, except here the owners should not be there when the house is being shown. I guess I will have to be making many trips into town to vacate the house. Main reason I will not sell the house in winter!

  9. We moved into a new apartment in a new town earlier this year so I know how much work it is. Of course we were renting then and are renting now, don’t have kids and probably a thousand things less to take care of. Hm, I guess I not only don’t know how much work it is, I actually have absolutely no clue.
    Nonetheless, I can solve one of your problems, which I’m sure has bothered you to no avail:

    The only time The Goon Squad isn’t (aren’t?) busy trashing the house is when they are sleeping.

    In fact both the plural and singular form of the word are correct here. It is, however, chiefly British English that uses singular verb forms with group nouns. For example, where an American would be likely to say “The government is doing everything right”, a British speaker might say “The government are doing a marvellous job”. This is explained by a British speaker thinking of the individual members the group consists of, the government in this case, while the American speaker sees it as one entity.
    As with most of these differences, this is not an absolute, but a tendency that might be more prominent in some local dialects than others, and I don’t know what speakers of other varieties of English are more likely to use. Also, I learned this quite some time ago in some class I took, so the information might not be accurate.

  10. There is NOTHING I hate more about selling a house (3 time veteran here) than getting it all ready and having people NOT SHOW UP!

  11. It is, however, chiefly British English that uses singular verb forms with group nouns.

    And that would be American English that uses the singular verb forms more prominently in these cases. British English uses the plural form. If you have to be a smartass, try to get it right.

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