MOVING! Did you think I was pregnant, I bet you thought I was pregnant. I am NOT. haha.
Almost exactly 3 years to the day we moved in- we are packing up and shipping off! Where to, you ask? That part is still a little back and forth so I’m not going to get into the messy details but we are going to be buying a new house, just not right this moment.
The exciting thing to share is that in typical Emma-fashion I did a ton of reading about prepping your home for sale, staging, and selling. So, for those interested in, planning on, or think they may ever sell a home this one is for you. This may be a 2-part post but we’ll see how it goes…
First and foremost, we did have a Realtor. He is the BEST. So, let’s start there. Find you someone GOOD. Recommendations from friends are clutch- but only if they’ve used that person before. I love to support a friend of a friend but when it comes to selling our biggest life investment we knew we needed to have the right person. Mike McGuirk of ReMax, is the guy for us. He also helped us find our first home so we knew if he would have us we would want to work with him again. Luckily for us, he was game.
Mike came over pretty early into the planning phase, took a look at the house and we sat down to talk over the numbers. He let us know what he thought needed to be addressed, what we could ignore, and what we need to be mindful of come inspection and appraisal time. This discussion set up the next few weeks of work. We needed no less than 5 different contractors to come in and address some things. Mostly little repairs that we had neglected.
Next, I hit the ground running with searching for staging advice. I knew I had read a few blog posts about how to stage your home to sell QUICKLY, so that was where I focused my effort. I did not want our home to sit on the market for 60, 90, 120 days waiting for the right buyer to see through my style, knick-knacks, and over flowing essential oil collection to realize that this is the home of their dreams. The best advice I read was:
- Keep it neutral. If you have any rooms that are painted bright colors just go ahead and paint them a cool tone. White, grey. Grey, white. Safe zone.
- Have shelves? Take everything off of them and then put back just a few things. Don’t stress about hiding every family photo, it’s nice for people to see that a lovely family lives there.
- Three big pieces of furniture per room. Move things out, sell things, burn things. Whatever you need to do to clear up each room. Filling a room with stuff just makes it feel smaller.
- All White Everything. Curtains, sheets, towels.
- Put away your personal things. Make up on the counter, toothbrushes and deodorant, shower products.
- If you’re going to hide things- put them in furniture that wouldn’t be included in the sale of the house. People will open the closets, look in your cabinets, but generally won’t touch things that aren’t nailed down.
- Don’t overflow the basement, attic or closets. You want people to see that there is plenty of storage. I bet you don’t need 60% of the things in your linen closet. Get a head start on packing.
- Open all of the blinds + curtains and turn on the lights, leave all of the doors slightly ajar (nothing worse than going to see a house and feeling awkward opening doors) play light music, and load your diffuser with citrus scents.
- Leave! Don’t hang around during a viewing. It’s uncomfortable and the potential buyers will feel rushed. Take a walk, go to dinner, take in a movie.
It’s definitely harder with little ones, but its possible. I have some ideas about that but they’re only my opinion since we didn’t quite have that kind of an experience with selling.
Yep! That’s right! We’re under contract! We’ll be closing in January and that’s a wild story in and of itself. I’ll share more about it in Part 2. Until then if anyone has any moving boxes- send them my way!
Did you sell your home in record time? Drop your best advice in the comments, you never know who you might be helping!
Happy December 1st! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as if we haven’t heard that 36thousand times already.
Joe and I spent the last few days organizing our schedules to be sure we can fit in all of the fun that comes along with December and the holiday season. We won’t be doing all of these but I wanted to include all of our ideas just in case you can fit it all in! Fa La La La LA!
- Cookie Baking Extravaganza. We love to gift cookies to everyone. It’s such nice way to have gift on hand when visiting friends. We made sugar cookies a little early this year so we could do it while my Nanny was visiting but we’ll be at it again in a few weeks. I’m thinking Peanut Butter Kisses, Chocolate Chip, Sugar Cookies, and White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia to name a few.
- Driving around to see Christmas lights! I have been doing this with friends for years so I’m excited that Harper is finally at a good age to join us! Swing through Starbucks and grab a Hot Chocolate for the road- add a drop of Peppermint essential oil to make it extra festive!
- Sunday movie nights. I don’t get the Sunday Scaries around here because I LOVE my job, but knowing Joe will have to go back to work on Monday is always a bummer. So saving a little something special to finish off the weekend is always night. We’ve got The Santa Clause, 2 + 3, The Polar Express, Home Alone and Lost in NY, and every single Christmas special that I can catch on TV and add to the DVR.
- Six Flags Holiday in the Park. Great Adventure decorated for the holidays? SIGN US UP.
- Brunch with Santa. A stress-free and enjoyable way to visit with Santa, grab a picture, and not spend a arm + a leg on terrible photos.
- Speaking of photos. Take your family Christmas card photo ASAP- before the weather turns to shit.
- Christmas Craft. The season of being inside a lot is upon us so crafts and activities are in serious demand over here. Pinterest it up! They make perfect cards or stocking stuffers for grandparents.
- Turn down the lights a bit, blast some Holiday music and decorate the house together! Let the kids put decorations wherever they like and just go back and “adjust them” after they go to bed. LOL #meanmom. Adding a little holiday cheer to each room is easy if you don’t over-think it.
- Make gift tags! This is a new one for us but I think it’s a great year for it. I’m going to let Harper decorate a few pieces of card stock and then put it in my Cricut. I’ll cut out the first letter of each person’s name (we have no repeats, thank goodness!). Personalized gift tags!
- Mom + Dad shopping trip! We started this last year and LOVED it. We basically made a date night/afternoon out of it. Grabbed lunch and a few beers then made our way through a short list of stocking stuffers and last minute gifts. The few beers before helps your sanity!
- Make garland! Construction paper, popcorn, yarn, cotton balls. You have it? We can make a garland out of it. I’m partial to the construction paper one because it serves as a count down to the big day!
Scroll down for a few photos from some of the fun we’ve been having! Come hang on Instagram @Emma.Prentiss to follow along with the rest!
…you are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul” -Peggy Toney Horton
Could this quote be any more accurate?
I love nothing more than the transition of September to October. If I could just live in a world made of only that I would never tire of it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the holidays but the hustle and bustle is only fun for so long, which is why I am happy when January rolls around + we all play the clean slate game. But it never fails that I always miss Autumn and this feeling in the air that comes along with September when it’s over.
I have been thinking about this bucket list for quite a while, shocker, and I think I’ve really gathered a good mix of events that we can successfully fit in without feeling like were running a race to please the Fall Gods. Which I would totally do if they asked me to.
So let’s get to it!
What are your Autumn Bucket List must-haves?!