We weren't using it anymore and hadn't for a long time. We need to start thinking ahead to landscaping and the subdivision and the cubby was sitting right in the middle of the subdivision boundary line.
While it was a bit old and rusted, it was made from good quality materials and very well constructed. In fact it was on bearers and joists that were concreted into the ground and would need a forklift or crane to remove it in one piece. That's why I procrastinated on listing it for so long. I didn't really want the hassle of dealing with people who didn't understand what it would take to remove it.
But Jansen, Mr Motivator himself, said list it right now and put $500 on it.
C'mon, this old piece? I know to buy a kit new would be about $3K but who is going to pay $500 AND arrange a truck to get it removed? I told him he was dreaming! But he insisted, "trust me, I'm a builder," so I caved.
Just two hours later we had the first enquiry and by the end of the day they'd come around to look at it (we weren't even there, I'd listed it then took off to the Sunshine Coast) and it was sold.
"Would you take $450 for it?" she asked. Hell yes! I didn't tell her I would have given it to her for free if it hadn't been for Jansen. They came around the next day with an angle grinder to detach it from the stumps and they'd already arranged a 40 foot truck with a forklift to come in the next couple of days.
And then it was gone :-(
I'm not really a sentimental person, but I was very sad to see it go. It was Josh's first proper cubby and even though it was PINK when we moved in, he painted it blue and made it his own.
He's almost 15 now, too old for a cubby, but I will always think of it as his. There's a big empty space now where it once was so I need to put a tree or something there soon to fill it.
The new owner said her kids would love it and she'd been looking for a long, long time and knew it was perfect the moment she saw it online. I'm glad it's gone to a new home for children that will love it and play in it again. Makes it a little easier...sniff!