On the other hand, I'm feeling a big uplift with my therapy work - seeing more clients and wanting to continue expanding. I guess I'm just ambitious right now. I know that if I can get a good and secure clientele, that I can relax the worry about finances which is counter to being creative. I know it will give me less writing time but I'm better than I was - spend less time futzing about and more just getting to it. I'll be doing some training, workshops, this year too and that has me looking at how I want to do that.
It is time to think about putting this house on the market. We agreed to one more year last spring and I feel fine about getting it out there with all the rest of my offerings! I want to live in a smaller home. Right now there are three bedrooms, an office for each of us (my guy and me), a large workshop and a rec room. I would like a two-bedroom cottage with my office carved out of either our bedroom or the living space. I feel lonely in here when Sarah is gone and that is half the time. When we built this home we had two kids in Middle School. Now we have one with only one year to go (half a year if she does an accelerated graduation). And, most importantly, I'd like to have a smaller mortgage.
This home, like my novel, will take a certain skill in selling. We need to find the right agent - one who understands that an ICF (insulated concrete form) house is vastly different than a stick house (conventional wood-frame). We spend hardly anything to heat it. It was designed mostly by my guy with a little input from me. It will take a special buyer to appreciate these things and we're willing to wait for that. It is the opposite of cookie-cutter - it was designed to be very functional and without those things that people tend to want until they have them - things like cathedral ceilings (lose heat, make you feel lonely) and en suite bathrooms. Instead we have a kick-ass kitchen, a very efficient sorting system for recycling, a room with a bath and sink but no toilet as well as a conventional bathroom. Closet doors that open instead of ineffectual sliding ones. A feeling of space and warmth. I could go on. The point I'm trying to make is that this isn't a conventional home and it will be harder to sell unless we have an agent who gets that. I think that might be true of my novel too. It isn't exactly literary (like our home isn't exactly artsy) but it isn't formulaic either.
Strategy is my word for the day. I need a selling strategy - one to get me the agents I want for both my book and our home, and one to increase my therapy practice to a comfortable place.
a picture taken from Betty's Island...
What do you think? How do you prepare to sell something you care about?