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Thursday, June 16, 2011

HOME FOR SALE – Should I Offer a Rebate?

Kids are grown and though my youngest daughter and her family had moved in to help me with expenses, they are moving into a home of their own. I will soon be fending for myself. I would love to keep my home, and I'm sad I have to lose it, but I can no longer afford it and I had to put it up for sale.

My home has been up for sale for not quite a month. I've been getting calls and people have been stopping by to look at my home from the outside, because in addition to having the home listed on craigslist, I also have a sign posted on my front lawn. Nobody, however, is offering to look inside the home or to purchase it.

In a way, I'm glad nobody is stopping by to look at the place, because I have giant holes in my ceiling where the contractors cut open the drywall to find the source of the water damage that has leaked through to my floor. Because of all the rain and because so many other people in my area are experiencing all kinds of damage due to the weather, the contractors have not yet been able to repair my ceiling. After the night before last they still won't be able to fix it, because it rained again and I heard water dripping on a different spot above the ceiling. Time for a new hole.

The roofers have already replaced three vent caps on the roof, so either they are going to have to replace more vent caps (if I even have more up there – I don't know – I've never been on my roof), or they're going to have to find a different source and reason for the water getting into my house.

When I posted my "home for sale" ad on craigslist, long before I knew about the water damage, I was going to offer buyers a $1,000 rebate at closing so they could get the carpets cleaned.

But then I wondered if maybe I should clean the carpets myself. The home is quite large – over 2,000 square feet of space, but the only rooms that have been badly affected with stains have been the living room and the dining room.

I honestly don't know want to come back into the home (should I sell it) to clean the carpets myself. I don't have a lot of upper body strength to handle carpet cleaning, so I thought hiring a professional carpet cleaning service would be the most attractive solution.

How much do professional carpet cleaning services cost? I wondered.

Surely it wouldn't cost me $1,000 to get 2,000 square feet of carpet cleaned. And now that I think about it, two of the bathrooms have no carpeting at all and neither does my kitchen. Even if the cost was $.25 per square foot, I'd be saving myself more than $500 (online sources place the national average for professional carpet cleaning costs at around $.22 per square foot).

I'm going to have to look into this. In the meantime if you are looking for professional carpet cleaning services and you live in the Austin area, click

Maybe I should offer a $500 rebate?

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