My little granddaughter, Annabelle, recently celebrated her fifth birthday. When asked what theme she wanted for her party she chose Star Wars! HUH?! Where did that come from?! Seems that Annabelle and her Mama have been playing Lego Star Wars in their down time and Anna has adopted the Star Wars cast as her new circle of friends. She has a bizarre crush on Lego Luke and carries on conversations with him all day long.
So, being the perfect (o.k., I’ll admit it is more like wrapped-around-her-finger) Nana that I am, I volunteer to create a Lego Star Wars cake. I make the cake in the morning and start to decorate it rather late on the night before the party. I get it frosted in pretty good time and pull out the box containing the Millennium Falcon. There are six little figures shown on the box, and I think I will just pull out the tiny figures, place them on the cake, and head to bed.
WRONG! The six little figures are not assembled. They are in pieces and all the body parts are not even in the same bag. So I start sifting through 1254 Lego bits trying to find little heads and little hairpieces. Little legs and little bodies. Light sabers and helmets. For the record I want everyone to know that this is NOT written into the Nana job description.
It occurred to me while I was looking at that pile of Lego bits . . . this is why you hire a professional. Heck, a Star Wars cake might have cost me $50 but I wouldn’t have black frosting on my eyebrows and I wouldn’t be up at 11:30 at night with a kitchen that looked like the aftermath of an eighth grade home economics class! I wouldn't have spent over $20 for the right pans and dark food coloring. And I surely wouldn’t be searching for Obi Wan’s cape in little plastic bags! (and I will have you know I never did find it . . . had to call in my daughter-in-law who is a Lego expert for help!)
As I think about the experience it makes me wonder about home sellers who attempt to do a For Sale by Owner. Do they hit this WALL at the eleventh hour?
You know, there is the "simple but time consuming" stuff.
Deciding on a price and getting the home ready to sell.
Kind of like baking the cake.
Putting up a sign and holding an open house.
Kind of like frosting the cake.
Advertising on Craigslist and making up some flyers.
Kind of like decorating the cake.
Paying a fee to get listed on the MLS.
Kind of like buying cake-making supplies.
And then there is the "tough but possible if not probable" stuff.
Actually finding a buyer that is comfortable buying a home without a Realtor® .
A whole lot like trying to find Obi Wan Kenobi's cape.
BUT THEN, there is the moment of reckoning.
Keeping the deal together through all the necessary legal steps and potential hurdles.
And if you think you can put together THAT Millennium Falcon by yourself .. .
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!
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