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Showing your home - Ditch the tying center

by: David Coulson 2/11/2013

A few years back, Sue and I decided our townhome was a little small and bought a slightly larger place.  We managed to overlook the “slightly” part and ended up doubling our square footage.  Now, several years later, we’ve come to realize that, while two stories offer lots of space, stairs are not kind to aging bodies.  This prompted us to look for a smaller, single story home.  We found one with a finished basement and will close in a few weeks.

Now we have to sell our current property, and part of that process is making it “showable.”  To help us along those lines, our real estate broker provided us with the services of an interior designer who made suggestions on what to do so our property will be seen at its best.

Our stager first made a quick tour, then going room-to-room, she provided us with a comprehensive list of suggestions.  During the quick tour I knew my “man cave” was in trouble.  One quick glance and she commented, “We’ll get back to this area.”  Personally, I didn’t see any problems. Ok, the floor needed a bit of attention, as there was the partially emptied suitcase (onto the floor) of tying material and the dozen or so reels that needed to be put away.  But the overflowing tying bench and shelves stuffed with enough fly tying material to be the envy of most fly shops is a beautiful sight to any avid fly fisher.

Anyway, we delayed the final verdict until later and proceeded through the rest of the house.  I did get some minor satisfaction that Sue’s quilting center received a similar response to my fly tying area.  Now, I understand her area needing some work as I’ve yet to figure out her need to maintain a “fabric” store. I think she feels much the same about my “tackle” shop.

After the quick tour, we made the rounds again, but far more slowly.  These items need to go.  These things can stay but need to be scrubbed and polished.  Ultimately, we made it back to my space.  You can guess which of those two categories my fly tying materials fell into. 

Yep, before I could ask, “What about the tying material?” she asked, “Do you really need that table?” pointing at the fly tying bench.  Then she went on, “Can you open up the area by taking out the third bookcase, remove all the boxes of material, thread racks, and thin out the other bookcases.”  Crestfallen, I agreed, not knowing how I would manage without my coveted tying center until the house sells.

All wasn’t lost. When we visited our unfinished basement, the stager liked the idea of having things set up to show how the areas might be used if it was finished.  What a relief, the poker tables could stay. 

Then it hit me, the basement “office” area could be converted to my tying center, illustrating how that area would work for a hobbyist.  So my tying bench and materials are relegated to the dungeon until the house is sold.

While we’ll stage our home, I struggle with this; why is it that a comfortable living space (most folks’ homes) has to be changed to a pristine, uncomfortable place (only seen in new homes and magazine pictures) in order to sell it?  I guess it’s easier to visualize one’s own mess in a sterile, uncluttered space than one that is already cluttered. 

The bright side is, once we start showing the place, I’ll need to be elsewhere (guess I’m the worst clutter). Sounds to me like a good excuse to go fishing.

First published 2/10/13 in the Explorer Section of the Fort Collins, Coloradoan.

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Member comments
FishSeal, CO   2/11/2013 1:01:06 PM
Good thing they don't do that with sheds... I'd be locked out, crying as parts and pieces are thrown away. 8D Being handy is great. Dave, just remember... it's only temporary!! Congrats on the new place. What is the closest fishable water now?
Dangly, CO   2/11/2013 1:01:08 PM
Dangly, CO   2/11/2013 1:01:47 PM
Sorry for yelling^
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/11/2013 1:04:47 PM
We're only moving a couple miles. Portner Reservor (Fossil Creek Park) on Lemay will become the closest water. Actually a tad closer to the 'tooth and Boyd also.
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/11/2013 1:05:50 PM
Oh, same on the pictures, and also anything that "identifies" you, such as diplomas, etc.
FishSeal, CO   2/11/2013 1:06:42 PM
That's a great fly casting practice area!! Tease the little bass, gills, greens, and creek chub (in the creek).
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/11/2013 1:09:53 PM
Caught'm all there. There are creek chub in the reservoir also. Greenies to 9 inches (maybe bigger) and a few gold fish too. Great place to introduce folks to fly fishing and catching.
Steelhead, CO   2/11/2013 1:19:06 PM
dave, i'm confused. your selling a house because of stairs going up to buy a house with stairs going down?
David Coulson (Flyrodn), CO   2/11/2013 2:02:30 PM
Going from two stories with an unfinished basement, to one story with a finished basement. All "main" living functions, eating/tv/laundry/sleeping etc will now be on the main level. Cards/guests/"dog house" (don't own a dog) to the basement. Currently daily routine spilt between two levels. There were other factors in this decision beside stairs also.
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