5.19.2014

5 Ways To Make Your Home Sell Faster [Or Happier To Live In]

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Recently the thought of selling our home and purchasing another one has been brewing in our little brains over here. I always thought I would move every 2 years and well, 7 years later here I am. Fortunately we do really enjoy the home we live in and don't have a lot of "we must sell this house now" type of thoughts or stresses, however when the time comes and we find something else we are ready to move into, we want this baby sold. And quick. Being a former Realtor, the process of buying and selling a home is really quite enjoyable. I love looking at another house that somebody has created into their own space and envisioning how I can make it my own. Given my past [and current situation] I have come across a few things that I notice when looking at other homes that make me fall a little more in love with the idea of living in that space. Whether or not you are looking to sell, these items will make you enjoy living in any home a tad bit more. 


This covers a lot of different areas--but first of all, the overall cleanliness. Obviously a huge factor when trying to sell. But there is more to it than that--so your floors are swept and your bed is made, what about the oven knobs and pantry closets? People look at that stuff. Taking the extra time to scrub every visible and non-visible surface will be a huge advantage when somebody looks at your home. Another detail to note is your personal decor--keep a bit of your own style when selling your home, however keep it rather in-personable as well. Try to remove as many personal pictures as possible. Too many personal touches can make it hard for somebody else to envision actually living in your home. Another downfall of having too many personal photos, etc is that this can sometimes lead to the potential buyer becoming distracted from looking at the home itself which is what they are there to do. You want your house to stand out, not your great grandmother from two hundred years ago. Last but not least, if the weather supports it, have a few windows open. It will make the space seem much more open, friendly, and inviting. 


It's easy to accumulate a lot of stuff [also commonly referred to as crap] when living in a house. You are used to having your kitchen counters full of this, that, and the other. So what if you have three robes hanging in your bathroom? Well, this beloved stuff that we have sitting [or hanging] all over the place really only serves one purpose when your home is for sale--it all just makes everything seem smaller. Take away anything and everything that adds no visible appeal to your home when having it for sale. It's amazing how much bigger your home will seem all of a sudden. 


It's easy to become lazy with your home when thinking about putting it up for sale--you aren't planning on living there for much longer so why invest any more money or work into it now? Wrong. It's almost embarrassing to say that we lived with our bedroom ceiling fan and light that didn't work for months on end. We got used to not having it as an option [and apparently we aren't afraid of the dark]. You know what instantly kills a good house vibe? When something doesn't work. Spend the money, put in a little extra time, and repair the things that need repaired now. It will pay ten fold. 

candle found here [obsessed is an understatement]

I mentioned killing a good house vibe in number three---the smell of a house is typically the first thing people will notice when entering a home. It's also one of the things that a lot of people can't look past. If your home doesn't smell appealing to a potential home buyer, it is going to be ten times harder to get their mental state to a good place about your house which is where you want it to be. Don't choose something that is over powering, just something light and refreshing. I'm drawn to a lemon scent because it is clean, airy, and bright. 


One of the last places you think about when selling your home is your garage [and storage space]. This is a huge mistake. Just like people don't want to see things laying all over the counter--they don't want to see your rakes, hoses, and brooms all over your garage floor. You want your garage and storage spaces to also look and feel as big as possible. I am a firm believer that you can guess a lot about what the inside of somebody's house will look like by what their garage looks like. Maybe I am crazy but maybe I am right. To help match our outsides to our insides [still talking about houses people], I purchased this Rubbermaid FastTrack system from Target this past weekend. I don't think my husband has ever been more proud of what I have brought home from Target. He hung this sucker in less than 5 minutes and within 5 more minutes of that all of our crap stuff was in one little area, off the ground, and sittin' pretty. As a heads up--you can purchase the Rubbermaid FastTrack 5 piece kit [pictured below] at Target now through May 24th for $28.99 [regularly $33.99]. If I remember correctly Father's Day is right around the corner so stock up ladies. It's the easiest way to dress up your mess. It's also the easiest way to get a kiss from your man so there's that. 


And there we have it---5 simple yet highly effective things to do when selling your home [or just making it happier to live in]. Any tips you would like to add to the list? Leave them in the comments below, I'll give you $1 from the proceeds of our home's sale if and when that happens ;) 


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11 comments:

  1. great tips! we only just bought ours, so not looking to sell, but they are fab tips just for every day and not letting things get away from you. have a great week!

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  2. I love the Rubbermaid system. It works well and fits in so many spaces. I also appreciate that you pointed out how these "fixes" can make your current space more pleasant even if you aren't selling:)

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  3. ooh, don't hold true to your garage theory! Our garage is a WRECK! My husband enjoys every single outdoor activity possible: camping, hiking, hunting, biking, surfing, paintballing, canoeing, crabbing and fishing, and is the general storage for all things manly (as well as two huge tool/work benches, etc), and it does NOT reflect the inside of our home!! My friends are always commenting on how clean I keep my house, especially with having two boy toddlers... so. Maybe I'm the anomaly, but just had to say it's not true for everyone! ;)

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  4. Will you come organize my house? Or just my garage. Holy clutter. I am going to have to invest in some of those fast tracks and maybe some totes. I love all of your prepping ideas even if I am not selling my home.

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  5. My husband and I have the Rubbermaid hanger too. It works great. And I so agree about the clutter when viewing a home. I will say, one house we looked out they had gone Scentsy crazy. We had to walk out because the smells were so overpowering.

    -Jackie
    http://ournashvillelife.com

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  6. great tips! When we sold our condo, we had so much de-cluttering to do! We actually stored some of our funiture at friends houses, we knew we had too much furniture in our condo, but it was comfortable, so we practically moved almost everything out! Of course this was 2 weeks before leaving for a 3 week vacation! Find realtor, get condo ready so they could show it the 3 weeks that we were gone! Yikes.

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  7. Having just gone through the process of selling our condo and buying a new home, I absolutely understand and appreciate the work it takes to sell a home, and I did notice the little things when touring homes to purchase. These simple things really do make all the difference. I wish more people took the time to do them - or even just clean their cat box - when they are selling their homes. Yep, the house we bought had a smelly cat box when we went through it the first time. Clearly it wasn't a deal breaker but it was definitely something I checked on our second walk through! And I'm 95.8% sure that FastTrack thing will solve all my husband's...err, our...problems in our new garage.

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  8. I am totally showing my husband this post! We know we aren't going to stay in this house forever and I want to start making the changes I know we are going to need to make to sell it NOW. So we can enjoy the changes/updates too and it isn't a mad dash before it goes on the market

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  9. How To Stop A Divorce And Save Your Marriage?(Dr.Brave).


    Hello to every one out here, am here to share the unexpected miracle that happened to me three days ago, My name is Jeffrey Dowling,i live in TEXAS,USA.and I`m happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she did not love me anymore So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.(bravespellcaster@gmail.com}, So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day what an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who did not call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster . So, i will advice you out there to kindly email this wonderful man {bravespellcaster@gmail.com},i f you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to Dr Brave for bringing back my wife,and brought great joy to my family once again.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com}, Thanks..

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