Tomorrow is D-Day ... the first real day of marketing of our home in New Hope, Minnesota via Edina Realty. Our Realtor will host an open house for other area real estate agents. This presents a problem for me. Why? My family has two pets, and I have a job which requires me to work. Our dog and cat are persona non grata at the open house, home showings and work. This raises the question, what's a nerd to do?
The first answer is that I could go out and purchase a 3G data plan, and install a personal mifi for my wife and me. However, this would be an expensive option. Given my cat and dog, and the fact that I need to keep them away from the house tomorrow for 3 hours ... the problem is a bit difficult ... until I hit upon the idea of van 2.0!
Actually, the solution is rather easy. Although Spot and Cyrus would not be welcome in the local coffee shop, there are many free wireless locations in the immediate neighborhood. Better yet, there are wifi locations where the environs are quite pleasant. This evening I visited my local library branch and tested many parking spots including those spots furthest from the building. Bingo, perfect connections! I then went inside to confirm that my library does not turn off their wireless hub when they shut up shop a few nights per week at 6 pm (most home showings will be in the evening). Thus, I now have the perfect location to set up Van 2.0 ... my local library parking lot which has all kinds of trees and a nice lawn surrounding it ... in short a very pleasing environment!
I've included a photograph of Van 2.0 in action, complete with Spot 2.0 and Cyrus 2.0. I'm talking on my cell phone, and my computer is running off a power adapter for the car. Now it's time to see if the open house will generate some showings this weekend.
View prior posts in this series, Selling a Home in a Lousy Economy.
And always, what it's all about ... our house!