Today I made a major decision. After going to the mountains and trying to close on “my” town home (and settling on renting for a month instead while the new prospective mortgage bank works through my package of information) I came back to the task of getting my current home on the market for sale.
I started with calendar in hand, identifying all of the pieces that had to come together before listing the property: cleaning out years of clutter (going through years of accumulated clothes, memorabilia, books, DVD’s – not forget the VHS tapes); removing pieces of furniture and boxes to a storage unit to make the house “staging ready” to list as available to sell, and almost daily trips to the Thrift Store to donate items that are resalable. Then getting the house itself ready for prime time: pressure washing, painting (inside and out), a tile man to dress up a shower that needs help, yard clean-up.
Doing all this along with teaching and writing a curriculum for widows suitable for offering at a community college in the non-college curriculum, I rapidly became overwhelmed. Then I started looking for…A Move Manager- someone to organize the preparation and all its moving parts. On the internet I only found senior move managers – people who assisted in moving seniors from their family home to a retirement community – NOT what I needed.
So – I started to write a job description by listing every piece of my preparation pie (see the end of this post for the final product). As the list of necessary skills evolved, I realized that I knew a person who had the required skillset, but had no idea that he would be interested. Retired from a corporate position, we had met when I managed a Thrift Shop. He offered a house watch service for vacationers, including feeding the pets. In my new single status, he had become a regular as I was required to travel out of town related to the relocation and other family matters.
I forwarded the proposed job description and offered compensation that I hoped would be attractive enough to open the conversation. Today we reached a meeting of the minds. I have already scheduled painters and the first wave of movers. We did a detailed walk-through where he identified other repairs and that would improve salability (he had over a page of notes) but agreed to my offer, with the caveat that we would review in a week or so to see if the estimated hours were reasonable.
I cannot possible express my sense of relieve as we finished the walk-through this morning.
Onward to the packing boxes.
|Move Manager Job Description|
|Be second set of ears for decisions to be made by owner related to move to Burnsville|
|Schedule Primary Move and negotiate fee|
|Provide advice on purging for staging and major move|
|Provide advice on preparation for staging decisions|
|Supervise interior painting|
|Supervise preparation for “staging” move to storage unit|
|Communication with Client will be limited to one major e-mail per day, and one phone call.|
|Text messages may also be required, but limited to five per day.|
|A basic time-table will be established which manager and client will be able to adjust,|
|but not without approval from the other party.|
Compensation will be paid after the sale of the
of the primary house.