Our house will shortly be going on the market, we absolutely love our house and have done so much to it over the years but the time has come to move to a bigger home, a home that can be our forever home. We’ve spent a few days getting our house ready for someone else to fall in love with it.
I’m by no means an expert at selling houses as I’ve never sold one before, but I am going to share what we have done to get our house sale ready, or at least ready for the Estate Agent photos.
Our house is full of clutter, both Spencer and I tend to hoard things, just in case we need them one day. I am also drawn to pretty little things which I like but other people may not. We decided to be tough and get rid of a few things, we didn’t really have the time to go back and fore the charity shop so I posted a few items on a local facebook selling page and stated that they were free to the first person who could collect them. I did this on Saturday and everything had been collected by yesterday afternoon.
We also had quite a few things that we didn’t want to get rid of but we wanted to hide. These were boxed up and shipped off to my parent-in-law’s house, they have a garage which they use for storage so were more than happy to store a few things for us, these items will remain there until we move into a new house. The things that we didn’t want to get rid of were either hid in cupboards or simply moved into a different room while the photo was being taken.
Once we had de-cluttered we topped up some of the paint. We still have a pot of the paint used in the living/dining room so we dug this out and topped it up where it had chipped or blemished, this made the room look so much better and only took a few minutes.
As you can see there is still quite a bit of clutter on the shelves but to be honest, I simply didn’t think about clearing those.
I bought fresh flowers as I think they just make everything look nicer, plus it was a good excuse to treat myself to some!
I didn’t do much in the bathroom, just gave it a good scrub and hid a lot of the products that usually sit on top of the sink area and bath.
I gave the bedroom a good dust and clean, concentrating on things like the dressing table and lights which tend to attract dust.
We borrowed some storage boxes and tidied up the top of the wardrobes by placing items into these. We also got rid of a rug off the floor to show off the white wooden flooring, this may not show in the photos but it looks better for when people come to view the house.
Aria’s room has only recently been decorating so didn’t need a lot doing to it. One of the curtain hoops had come off so we put that back up and fixed the broken blind.
I tidied the shelf under the nappy changing unit to make it look neater. Both the gym toy on the floor and cushion on the chair were removed when the photos were taken.
The attic is probably the biggest transformation. Up until now my computer has been based on the dining room table. We moved this into the attic and created a his & hers office space.
I prettied up the sofa bed and removed the layers of cat hair from the cushions and throw.
Our kitchen is only around one year old so didn’t need much doing to it. I simply wiped all of the cupboards down, steam cleaned the floor and hid a few bits that usually live on the counter tops in the drawers and cupboards. The food bin and draining rack were moved to another room while the photos were being taken in here.
Last but not least is the garden, the garden is massive and was one of the main selling points for us when buying the house so we wanted to make sure this looked good in the photos. Spencer cut the grass and put the washing line away. I arranged the table and chairs on the decking.
As well as the above I also emptied the bins throughout the house, dusted, hoovered and cleaned everywhere. When reading tips for selling houses a lot of websites seem to suggest that the walls should all be magnolia and there should be no personal touches. I completely disagree with this, when we have gone to view houses I am always more attracted to the house that looks lived in, even the show homes that we have viewed recently have been decorated to look lived in and they look amazing.
We did consider re-painting the walls throughout the house and also replacing the worn carpet on the stairs but decided against that. There is no need to spend money unnecessarily on something that isn’t desperate, there is a big chance that the new owners will want to re-decorate so doing work and spending money for it to be re-done seemed a little silly.
Despite being photo ready we aren’t quite visitor ready yet as we hid so much stuff in the cupboards there is a danger of items falling on you when you open the doors. That is a task for this weekend.
Have you had any experience of selling a house? If so, do you have any tips?