Saturday, 22 January 2011

Wrong? Right? Which?

Mr Trendy Specs the estate agent called round yesterday to take a picture of the shower room, in order to update the details concerning my house. He began by stating "So you've lost a bedroom!" in a somewhat critical tone, but after he saw the new room, and heard how almost every viewer last year had asked if there was just the one bathroom in the house, he changed his tune.

He thinks that the house sale can only be enhanced by this new addition, despite the loss of a bedroom, and that the price should remain as it was. Jolly good! I'd had no idea which way this would go, and had worried a little about having made a mistake.


He was optimistic that a sale would happen this year - well, he has to sound optimistic, doesn't he - and took my slightly critical feedback about last year's service on the chin. We agreed that a new stair carpet would also help - recent months of heavy traffic hasn't helped the old one, and I swear that it's now more cat hair than carpet fibre, despite the strenuous effort that Margery puts in every week with the hoover. Lottie is a one-cat resistance movement.


So that's the next job for me - finding a carpet that will take the daily wear and tear, cat and dog trampling, claw-sharpening, hair-shedding, and look good for at least the time it takes to sell. I shall have to take the old carpet up myself - a chore to be feared, given what I know will be revealed: the 'understains' as the old detergent ads used to call them, in this case years of little donations from a series of ancient or protesting cats. I couldn't inflict this job on anyone else.

My house: The Never-Ending Story.

18 comments:

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

.... do i ever undestand kitty and doggy hair...

good luck on the house sale....

kary
xxx

flwrjane said...

I for one love your house stories. And that bathroom is a looker.

xo Jane

Susan said...

lovely Lottie

and a ps although not an "official" follower always, always a faithful follower. xo les Gnag

Amy McPherson Sirk said...

The bathroom looks fantastic. Don't worry about taking up the carpet, you'll do just fine. When I moved into this house I had to tear up 1300 sq feet of filty 1970s shag carpet. It was very cathartic.

mrspao said...

The shower room looks great and I am sure that you'll sell it like a shot.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You seriously need to sit down , put your feet up and eat cake . If you absolutely can't sit still for longer than half an hour , then bake a cake .... and then sit down to eat it .
Ripping up stair carpets to scrub underneath them does not qualify as sitting down .

jabblog said...

We have to face this task soon, though we're not moving. Generations of dogs and cats have wrought havoc. Not looking forward to it :-/

judy in ky said...

Wow, that Lottie's a looker! I went back and read the post when you first brought her home. It was very touching to see the before and after photos, and how she has blossomed with your care.

Susan said...

sheeshhhhh ... that would be les "Gang"
pas de Gnag ... tsk, tsk rushing again

the veg artist said...

Lots of tiled floors in our house - Rupert hardly ever went near a carpet. Now, reading this, I am very grateful!

Carolina said...

Who needs another bedroom with a ba throom like that? Beautiful. Good luck with that carpet.

Dan said...

I think the upstairs bathroom will be a hit with your viewers - it looks really fantastic.
Good luck with the carpets, I have horrible memories of ripping up a carpet where the couple who lived there before me left their German Shepherd on its own for hours every day...
Dan
-x-

lovethosecupcakes said...

We've done away completely with a stair carpet. Home life is now being lived to the sound of two pairs of size elevens (neither of them mine, I'm much, ahem, daintier) clumping up and down the painted stairs.

Rattling On said...

Don't buy a berber/looped carpet whatever you do. When the claws get stuck in them they just unravel. My house bears testament to this fact...

frayedattheedge said...

Take care when lifting the carpet ..... our Victorian house had the same horrible red carpet in almost all of the rooms, which we gradually replaced. As I lifted and rolled up the very last piece, a carpet tack sliced open my finger - I still have the scar!! I think a shower room is definitely a better selling point than a box room ....... do you think estate agents go to a special school to learn how to alienate their clients?!

Fran said...

Even if your stair carpet is all hair, at least it's got some lovely colours in it.

Deborah said...

Can we cut a deal whereby I buy the new shower room and live in it part-time???

Catherine said...

That is a beautiful shower room. And a little kitty and dog hair here and there never hurt anyone. I don't really feel dressed without having a bit of Banjo's hair on my pants! :)
xo Catherine

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