The other thing about the place my friends want to rent to me is that it did not start out as apartments. It was one huge house that has now become four separate units. The original was probably beautiful but the modifications have been kind of jerry rigged. And the modifications are ongoing. They are adding a deck and a few other things which means the dulcet tones of construction. On a big place like that, there is always something being fixed or upgraded.
Kind of like my place. The workmen are getting the exterior wood like trellis work and banisters repainted with a good waterproof stain. They also rebuilt the shed over the water heater and fixed a few plumbing issues I didn't even know existed. (Water was leaking inside a wall when the toilet flushed. This was only seen because the wall was open for the reconstruction and one of the workers went to pee. Who knows how long it had been leaking. Yikes.) They are basically getting all the stuff done that was on Dad's "to do" list.
So in a few more days everything will be "up to code" and ready to sell. Then we do pictures and the listing goes public on Feb 1st.
If I get a really good offer right away, I'm gone. No problem. But if it is looking like I might have to settle too low, I might consider pulling the listing and just hunkering down here for a year or two and waiting for a better market. It's nice to have that option. I don't HAVE to sell it, I just want to.