After our weeks of hard work, our house is looking pretty good I believe. It is probably the cleanest and tidiest it has been in the last 6 years lol and all the rooms have a "finished" look to them at long last. I'd be happy to live here lol.
Yesterday we had our real estate guy come to do an appraisal for us. He said before he did the photos he would like us to tidy our front garden and do something with the back........easier said than done in constant rain. The back yard looks like an absolute mud pit and the front,, well that just needs a bit of a tidy, it doesn't look too bad. We had planned to wipper snip the front yesterday morning but the weather had other ideas so for now the gardens look pretty crappy. This real estate guy is the same one that sold hubby's house for him 5 years ago and 4 years before that he sold my old house. He is a lovely guy and tells it like it is, I like that about him.
Sadly the tell it like it is has given us some bad news too. You see, our house is a basic 3 bedroom house which has had an extension built on. The extension contains 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a large family room. So our house is basically a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, kitchen/dine, lounge, family room house. The problem may lie in the way the extension was council approved. Apparently it was approved as a rumpus room, not as the bedrooms and bathrooms,,,,currently we are getting council searches done to have this confirmed. We have basically been told that because of this we really only have two options. We either have to get it approved by the council which will involve building inspections etc which we have been told can get very expensive (and we don't have the money to spare right now) or we can sell it as it is , confessing and being up front with prospective buyers,,,but of course will people want to buy it???? Also instead of advertising it as a 5 bedroom it will only be listed as a 3 bedroom with teenagers retreat or something along those lines. The 5 bedrooms were our main selling point as it made it stand out from the crowd as there aren't any other 5 bedroom houses and very few 4 even in our suburb which are up for sale, and with the current market for housing I think you need to flaunt every possible advantage you have in your house!
I have such a sinking feeling. We have only 4.5 weeks left until we need to be in Melbourne now and still have no idea where we will be living and our house still sits not on the market. My stress levels are through the roof at the moment. Hubby is considering maybe renting this house out instead,,,I'm not sure what the "legality" of our 5 bedrooms would be for a rental property. Aaaagghhhhh would someone cut us a little luck,,,, just a little bit,,,,,pleeeeaaassseeeeee?????
On a happier note, my Mr11 turned 12 yesterday. This boy has a heart of gold, but of course as is so common lol, he can drive me to distraction at times. His mouth tends to run away with him and I am sure gets him in trouble at least half a dozen times a day when it comes to his younger brother,,,shheeeessh those two can drive me nuts! But yesterday he turned 12 and I am so proud of him. He has plenty of tough times when it comes to schooling, he struggles with his reading and spelling but he tries really hard. He is so full of empathy for others and so often puts others before his own wants/needs. But looking at him always reminds me of when he was about 20 months old and would see something that looked slimy or gooey and he would say "thats disgusting". It was his favourite phrase lol. He didn't have a huge vocabulary but that phrase was clear as a bell and said in context for anything that looked even slightly icky lol. He is my boy that seems to have copped the lot when it comes to minor health issues. He has suffered with over production of wax in his ears and since the age of 4 he has been to have his ears vacuumed/syringed out every 4 or so months (thankfully this is finally easiing up!), he suffers with dermatitis, he needs braces on his teeth (the only one of my four boys to not have straight teeth), he has had problems with bedwetting, he has been seeing a behavioural optometrist for problems with visual tracking,,,,this poor kid seems to have copped the lot. Add to that his problems at school and he has probably had to deal with more annoying issues than most. But although his confidence has suffered a little, he has remained pretty upbeat most of the time. I am so proud of my boy, I love you Matey, my little (or not so little now) Smiley!!