"It Makes Me Not Want to Move!"

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rulnick Realty, Inc.

I was on a listing appointment the other day at a very nice house off 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. It was lived in, but the finishes still looked good. I went through the house with the seller to advise him of things he could do to get the house ready for the market.  We noticed some areas that needed a little touch-up paint. The outside needed to be pressure-washed. There was one issue with a door that would require a contractor repair. Also, the home needed to be staged, and the many personal items stashed away. The wife was an interior decorator, so that would not be a problem.

The husband said, “Gosh, we are selling and doing these things now, it makes me not want to move.”  I have heard that same thing from sellers so many times and it resonates! I told him that I had been thinking that we should all take care of our homes, with maintenance, upgrades and updates, while we are living in the house instead of waiting until we are ready to sell! How much happier we would be!


And we all know those people.  Their houses are perfect. Their landscape is coiffed. The house is staged. Always. Their baseboards are spotless. Even the tops of their cabinets are clean. There is no dust on their blinds or door moldings. Their water heater is new. The air conditioner is new. The furniture is gorgeous. Open the drawers, open the closets, open the cupboards. Everything is organized, folded, and color coded.



After eight years in our “new” home, there are still half-completed projects and some we never got to. The lining of all the drawers and cabinets. The new doors that were installed with uncompleted trim. The neglected dings and paint projects. And the list goes on.

Every time I list a home where great care has been taken in its upkeep, I feel admiration and inspiration. That is the person I aspire to be. But I’m not there yet.


It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-259-0422
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, lists and sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Crestview, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Freeport, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Comments (7)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Wendy - I imagine it's a common feeling.  Why spend time, effort and dollars so someone else can enjoy???  That's why determining proper motivation is important.  People move for all sorts of reasons.  Discovering those reasons can help everyone be a bit happier with the real estate process.  

Aug 05, 2021 10:24 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Michael Jacobs I think the focus on the motivation will help someone get over the feeling of perhaps regret when it comes to getting the houes ready for the market. 

Aug 05, 2021 10:30 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Wendy and I like your wait of working with your clients,  great blog once again.  Make it a Special Day!


Aug 05, 2021 10:36 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Will Hamm That's very kind. People are fun! Have a special day, too!

Aug 05, 2021 10:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Wendy- most of us are in that club!  I know a handful of people who have everything in place within a week of moving in and continue to update and repair everything while they live there. This makes so much sense. 

Aug 05, 2021 07:34 PM
Wendy Rulnick

Kathy Streib I could be a little jealous of those people!

Aug 06, 2021 06:40 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is much more beneficial to fully maintain and continue to update while we are living in it than having to do it all at once when it comes time to sell.

Aug 06, 2021 05:49 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Brian England That's what I keep telling myself! 😉

Aug 06, 2021 06:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Wendy Rulnick - I like your post and your honesty. Everyone is different in their own unique way. Upkeeping seems to be easier for some than others and everything takes time. Some projects you get to; others get postponed. I like the first example of the people wanting to move who took your advice and it turned out so well, he had second thoughts about wanting to move because it looked good. There is magic in getting things done and you cleverly weaved good examples. 

Aug 06, 2021 06:20 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP Thank you! Some of those who find it easy, actually like to clean and paint LOL!

Aug 06, 2021 06:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of your personal observations. Those perfectly maintained homes are rare finds.

Aug 06, 2021 06:44 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Roy Kelley they sure are rare, and I admire them! Thank you for your comment. Happy weekend

Aug 06, 2021 08:38 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

HI Wendy , the designer in me likes to keep my house in great shape.  But it's not because of me cleaning and painting!  Heavens no, I'm am thankful I have a great team of people to help out!  I too have had many clients state that after we've staged their home.....this isn't our home!  We want to buy it now! But of course they don't...and they move on to the next home.

Aug 09, 2021 02:38 PM
Wendy Rulnick

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker Then I want to be more like you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 09, 2021 03:10 PM