This weekend we are having an open house for prospective tenants. With about 5 weeks until we move, it is all systems go, and we are trying to be as organised as possible.
Admittedly I haven’t rented a house in about 8 years so times may have changed, but an open house??? I know that the rental market is crazy tight… but really??? I guess it’s great for us as landlords.
The downside (for us) of the open house is that we have to have the whole house clean at once (not easy), and put away personal possessions (we have already moved a lot of furniture down to the the farm so we have piles of things on the floor where there is no other surface to use). I know that our house is always OK, but part of me feels a little vulnerable opening up our house to complete strangers.
Just what does our furniture and decor say about us? Do the mismatched couches, the really old (but not in a good way) dining table with chairs that look like they went out of style in the 1980’s say “frugalist” or do they just say “has no idea about style”?? I know I will probably never even meet these people, so who cares… but still…
|It might not be much… but it is home.|
I guess the bigger issue is not our stuff, but the fact that there will be strangers in our personal family space. To them it’s just a house; to us, it is our home. We value our home for the physical shelter as well as the emotional refuge from the outside world. It is our place to retreat and recharge. It’s where our family comes together and where so many of our memories are made. We have had so many good times here. We have bought 3 babies home, and watched them grow.
The thought of strangers walking through our home, and making judgments about whether they like our choices, feels like an intrusion in our family’s “safe” place. I will have to get over it though, if we want to get our house rented out! I’d better go clean the bathroom…