29.9.15

Home : Preparing To Sell

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. 

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living room and dining room separated by cream brick arch

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. 

living room with white fireplace and dark wooden floor

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. 

living room with gallery wall

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.

dining room with white pink and green table and chairs flowers and dark wooden floor

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. 

dining room  with built in cat feeding area

I bought fresh flowers as I think they just make everything look nicer, plus it was a good excuse to treat myself to some! 

nautical bathroom with white cupboard sink unit

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.

shabby chic vintage style bedroom with cluster lights dressing table and floral patterns

I gave the bedroom a good dust and clean, concentrating on things like the dressing table and lights which tend to attract dust. 

colourful vintage industrial cluster lights white brick wall and floral bed

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. 

white grey pink and yellow baby girl bedroom

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.

baby girl bedroom with white wooden floor and furniture and number bunting on wall

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.

his and hers office space with a desk either side of the room divided by a Welsh flag

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. 

blue sofa bed with vintage shabby chic throw and pink cushions

I prettied up the sofa bed and removed the layers of cat hair from the cushions and throw.

white shabby chic kitchen with dark wood worktops

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.

white ikea kitchen with dark wood worktops

long garden with grass and decking
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. 

black table and chair set on decking, pale blue shed
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?

14 comments:

  1. It looks lovely- you've done a great job. Great tips and good luck with the sale x

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    1. Thank you so much Claire, fingers crossed!

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  2. Good luck with your sale! Are you looking to buy another house? Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. Thanks Carole, we are yes, we've seen on that we like so now have the challenge of selling ours before someone else snaps that one up!

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  3. It looks great! How exciting! I dread the thought of having to re-box everything. Good luck with selling! Keep us updated on your new place.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Kels :) Packing and moving will be a complete nightmare but it will be worth it!

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  4. We've recently sold our house and did a big declutter before the photos. The house looked fantastic in the pictures and we got 14 viewings on our open day. I'd say make sure you arrange each room to show off the available space - even if having a sofa across a doorway works for your family move it so viewers don't get put off. I agree with you that a bit of personality shows off your house as a home. The problem comes when it's overwhelming so the trick is to be able to recognise that tipping point. Your house looks lovely by the way! #twinklytuesday

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    1. 14 viewings is impressive, congratulations on selling and attracting so many people!
      Thanks for the tips :)

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  5. This looks lovely :) we recently cleaned up for house viewings as well and it is a fair bit of work and things to think about. Good tips here!

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    1. Thank you :) It is surprising just how much you need to do!

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  6. Good luck with selling your house! I love your pastel coloured chairs and I´m sure you will get a quick sale. I´ve never sold a house before but I know they say it´s very important to de-clutter so well done. Best of luck x
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    1. Thanks Jane :) I hope we get a quick sale, there are so many similar properties for sale in the area so we will just have to wait and see.

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  7. Aw, hope the big move goes well. I remember selling our house when my first child was coming up for a year old. It was difficult keeping it all tidy for viewings etc and they'd always want to come round at baby nap times or meal times! Your house looks lovely. Hope you have a smooth sale. x

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    1. Thanks Cathryn ,it will be hard work with Aria but the older she gets the more stuff she will have and the harder it will be to hide everything!
      I'm hoping to arrange babysitters when we have viewings as you can guarantee they will fall at the bad times!

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