I invited my Mom to come along to see the house next week with the realtor, but she'll be at work. My Dad has the day off though so he will be coming along to take a look and give us his opinion. I suspect I know what he will say (the floor appears to be structural, the ceiling is likely a roof issue, this house is too small, it'll never work...).
I think once we get rid of all of our extra "stuff" that we don't need, we will amaze ourselves at how little we actually do *need* to live comfortably. I mean, why are we holding on to the too-small clothes once they outgrow them and there's nobody left to hand them down to? Why do we have a girls' bedroom full of toys that haven't been played with in well over a year? Why do we keep broken things? How many stained shirts do we really need to keep as "play clothes?" Can we finally let go of the one stained towel? The pan that always gets shuffled to the back of the cupboard because it's all scratched up? The cup nobody wants to use because it has a chip in the rim? I'm sure we can do without all of these things without any hardships. Nobody batted an eyelash when I tossed out the spatula the dog had gotten a hold of but for whatever reason we just kept washing it and putting it in the tool holder to collect dust so we could wash it again... The more I think about all there is to do, the more exhausted I feel. This is going to be a huge project, and I'm not entirely sure where to even begin.
I would love to sell everything off (that isn't stained, broken, or damaged) to help us raise money to pay for this move and the first few mortgage payments. I realize that time may be short, and we have a lot of "stuff" to move. I wonder if a garage sale would be worth it given the amount of work it is to go through and price sticker everything. Couldn't I just toss it all out in the lawn with a big sign that said "Make an Offer" instead? Sounds easier than going item by item and guessing a value. This is where an area flea market would be wonderful. Our area is flooded with thrift shops, but none of them buy things unless they're high value items... and if I had anything that was of high value, I'd sell it myself. W\e have no extra furniture to get rid of, I own no valuables. Tony has forewarned me that anything not sold or donated by the time we start packing will be headed for the dumpster we will inevitably have to rent. That breaks my heart. As someone who works hard to reduce, reuse, repurpose, and recycle, the thought of throwing a lot of stuff away bothers me. Of course I'm all for getting rid of broken and stained things that we can't use and that surely nobody else would want either. That's another story entirely. So far it's looking like we're going to have one heck of a giant moving sale come spring (assuming we are actually moving).