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10 PLACES TO PUT YOUR TIME (AND YOUR MONEY) WHEN YOU ARE SELLING A HOUSE

We are still in the “GETTING THE HOUSE READY TO PUT ON THE MARKET” phase of this whole ordeal. And we will not even know if we are going to sell until we see, after the work, what the appraisal is. Like I have said before…We will ONLY sell if it makes our life better…we will not make a lateral move to simply downsize.

….here are 10 very IMPORTANT THINGS to remember when

you are GETTING READY TO SELL  your house.

10. MAKE LISTS…AND LISTS AND LISTS – We all know it helps to keep things organized but when you are getting your house ready to put on the market you are juggling many balls…in ADDITION to JUGGLING YOUR  already busy life…making LISTS sounds obvious…

but it does HELP, with communication and  with the timing of repairs etc.,,it is like when you are building a house…the electrical guy has to come before the dry wall guy…etc.

MAKE LISTS
MAKE LISTS

9. PURGE – Clean out your closets. YOU know you have tons of storage space but the potential buyers won’t if every closet is full to bursting. I bought a ton of bins and cleaned out my closet and packed away half of my clothes…and plan to do the same with the kids rooms…We are going to rent a storage unit to house all of our excess…and that includes furniture…extra dressers, lamps etc..need to clear it all out.

A SMALL PORTION OF WHAT WE ARE TAKING TO STORAGE
A SMALL PORTION OF WHAT WE ARE TAKING TO STORAGE

8. LIGHTING – For one year I had a bare bulb lighting my bedroom. I just and not found THE chandelier. Then in one day I ran over to Lowes, took 10 minutes, chose the best one I could find, for $150 and had it installed and it looks amazing! I did the same in the boy’s room which had a great Orange light that kept the room sooooo dark. LIGHT up your house…dark, dreary rooms are depressing. Buyers want happy and bright!

BOYSROOMCHANDY

7. CLEAR OUT THE PETS – OR AT LEAST THE PET “STUFF” – People love their pets, but may not be fond of yours…and they do not need to be tripping over the dogs water dish. You may have made peace with the fact that the only place YOUR dogs cannot get to the cats food is on your kitchen windowsill…but a buyer may be grossed out.

WE KNOW YOU ALL LOVE YOUR PETS BUT A PROSPECTIVE BUYER...SADLY ...MAY NOT.
WE KNOW YOU ALL LOVE YOUR PETS BUT A PROSPECTIVE BUYER…SADLY …MAY NOT.

6. BE READY TO SHOW AT ANY TIME – I moved every 3 years growing up. It seemed we were always selling a house, and it became commonplace to have my bedroom “show ready” at any time. I have LOVED NOT living that way…but any time you leave the house …THEY could come by…and you do not want underwear hanging from the chandelier …

LOOK UP AND YOU CAN SEE UNDERWEAR THAT THE BOYS THROUGH INTO THEIR CHANDELIER
LOOK UP AND YOU CAN SEE UNDERWEAR THAT THE BOYS THROUGH INTO THEIR CHANDELIER

5. CHOOSE YOUR BROKER WISELY…I get VERY attached to people and feel a fierce loyalty…and responsibility to “Make it work”…YOU NAME IT…..hairdressers, lawn boys, house keepers, grocery stores…and realtors. But you have to follow your gut. I met with one broker, a favorite and for one hour…she kept talking about HER house. My gut said “NO!” but I was feeling like I had  to make it work…then a very good friend said…”If she made YOU feel that way…would you want her to make a buyer feel that way? Your goal is to sell…not to get invited to a wedding….” This is not personal and this is not emotional…it is just business and you are going to be in the business of selling your house.

4. FIX THE RIGHT STUFF BUT DONT “OVER” FIX – This is a  tough one…and if I hear the phrase “they will get you on the Home Inspection” one more time…. I will scream. But there ARE things worth fixing and things NOT worth fixing. We resolved that for the most part the interior of our home is good – we have a relatively New Kitchen, 3 new bathrooms, fresh paint and the floors are in decent shape. But in 135 years the exterior of our house has been untouched. Never , not even one time has our house been painted. The stucco is old gray stucco. And there are cracks and things are crumbling…so THAT was where we decided to put our money…CURB appeal…(see #1). Wait until you see the exterior when we get finished!!!! It is going to be amazing!

just you wait!!!!
just you wait!!!!

3. THE KITCHEN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ROOM – We were having a new dishwasher installed today…and the plumber came to me and said “Mam…I am not sure if we are going to be able to screw into these Marble counter tops!!!” Hah!!!! I was so excited…The plumber was right there touching them and he could not tell they were Formica…Mission accomplished. My kitchen looks special and we did not break the bank getting there. If your kitchen is old and dated…there are ways to make it LOOK better…I would suggest maybe painting your cabinets white…throwing down cute contemporary throw rugs…clear out al the crap we all keep on our countertops and put maybe a nice plant and maybe a bowl of fresh fruit. Keep it simple. I am always SHOCKED at how nasty people leave their houses in general to sell…but especially the kitchen….dishes in the sink…I mean even if it is a given that the buyer will GUT your kitchen you want them to think nice clean people lived in your house!

NICE (RELATIVELY) CLEAN PEOPLE LIVE HERE!
NICE (RELATIVELY) CLEAN PEOPLE LIVE HERE!

2. FAMILY PHOTOS – I have heard that you should remove all of your family photos….and I think this is true to a degree. Surfaces cluttered with anything, including photos should be cleaned off. But in my humble opinion, if you have a tasteful, good-looking gallery wall…that enhances the look of a staircase of hall way…that is okay.

I invested in the hanging rods for my paintings.from Walker Display.  Many galleries have picture rail and they make the installation process so easy. They are made of fiberglass and come in white, gray and  bronze. I spray painted these Gold to work with the room decor...love them!!!
Those framed photos will have to go but I THINK PHOTOS HUNG LIKE THIS ARE FINE…BUT I WILL SEE WHAT THE BROKER SAYS…WHAT HE SAYS GOES IN MY BOOK!

1. MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

Front Porch
Front Porch – I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING IF THAT SWEET DOGGIE COMES HOME.

…..the second the potential buyer pulls up to your house…they are deciding if they can see themselves there…bikes laying in the yard, dead plants, dirty porch rugs…do not help with that. And practice opening your front door…see what THEY see…should you get all the kids back packs out of the way???…OR MAYBE Put out fresh flowers or some pumpkins…make it feel like THEIR home…clean, simple and fresh…help them FALL IN LOVE…

YOU WANT THEM TO OBSESS OVER YOUR HOUSE…..

MAKE THEM CRAZY IN LOVE…AND CLOSE THE DEAL!!!

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8 thoughts on “10 PLACES TO PUT YOUR TIME (AND YOUR MONEY) WHEN YOU ARE SELLING A HOUSE

  1. We sold our large home last year to downsize. Was prepared for a 6 month to 1 year time frame on the market. We listed our home on the mls on Thursday. Friday had a 10 am phone call for our first showing at 2 pm. Couple arrived on time with their realtor. Toured the house and we had a cash offer at 5 pm. We had 60 days to find a new home, pack and move. Busy but thankful for the quick sale. Hope you and your family have good luck in selling your home. Also keeping you and your family in my thoughts
    that your beloved dog returns home soon.

    1. Thank you Cori…this is exciting and terrifying at the same time….I wold love to have your good luck…but the turnaround is daunting…still must be so nice to have it sell fast.

  2. Lesli—
    Great point about making lists and scheduling all the work in the correct order. After buying, selling and moving WAY more times than I ever wanted to these past 35 years, I’ve determined that: If you make a list off 100 things you want to do before the home gets listed, and you only accomplish 99 of those things, the ONLY thing the prospective buyer will notice is the one thing you didn’t do! (Or, if you do all 100 things, they will focus on something not even on the list…) You cannot please everyone, but luckily, it only takes ONE person to fall in love with your home.
    Praying your dog returns to your home soon.

    1. You are absolutely right which is why we are only fixing the things that would prevent a sale…wall cracks, brown windows…you get my drift…well, I did paint over my pink walls…but…..

  3. I am assuming based on the last picture that there has been no sign of dash yet? I have been checking daily to see if he has come home!

  4. Hi Lesli, excellent tips for getting your home ready to sell!
    I have enjoyed your blog posts for a while [thank you!] and have pinned your kitchen multiple times. So glad you introduced me to Marble Formica and as you commented about it on one of my kitchen pins –> faurble!
    PS, just shared your post link on my FB page, Art of Real Estate + Art, thank you!
    https://www.facebook.com/ArtOfRealEstateDeborahBurns
    ~Deborah

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