Hello, my bloggy family,
Seriously, guys, I am addicted to blogging. My husband kept checking on me to see if I am sneaking and going to do my blog while it should be family time… LOL, he’s a very supportive hubby though, just doesn’t want me to get exhausted after a long day at work and taking care of the kids.
Okay friends, let me tell you how we sold our house in three days. You all have seen our old 1970’s Ranch style home through pictures on my blog.
When we purchased this house, it was a great starter home for us but we knew we would sell this house one day (only God knew the right time, though). My husband always wanted to get out of Wisconsin since he grew up there and wasn’t planning to live there for rest of his life shoveling a long driveway every winter.
I love Wisconsin, and it will always be in my heart. As I said, “only God knew the right time”. Out of the blue, I got a new job in one of my husband’s favorite cities, Portland, OR. I like it here too but, I’m still struggling to call it home. It took me 4 months to say “Yes” to my new employer as it was hard for me to move on. We moved here and put our house on sale and sold it within three days!
Before we moved, I made this checklist to sell the house!
1- De-cluttering; First things first. If you know you are moving (especially moving out of state) start with DE-cluttering. Get rid of anything you don’t need or not going to use for a while, or if it’s too expensive to move. Sell it or donate it. It’s your personal choice, and we did both.
2- Fresh coat of paint; I can’t tell what a big difference this makes. It was winter and snowing every day so we couldn’t paint outside, but I had painted our interior a year prior to selling our house. I just touched up wherever it was needed. If your paint doesn’t look great, go ahead and get some neutral colors to attract buyers.
3- De-personalize; I would say put your family photos away and clean your fridge exterior. Ours was full of tons of magnets, etc. Put your kid’s stuff away such as we had a corner for our kids to hang their backpacks and jackets, and shoes. I gave them bins for the rest of the time we were there.
4- Pack your stuff away; Since you are selling your home, you definitely are moving either in-state or out of state, so pack everything and label them accordingly (I will do the blog post on tips we used for moving to save time and money someday). We stacked our stuff in the garage nicely.
5- Deep Cleaning; First, go through everything. Clean the whole entire house, flooring, windows, carpets, bathrooms, closets and kitchen cabinets. Once you think it looks pretty good, then it’s the time to get a professional cleaner to make the house even more spotless and sparkly.
6- Repairs; Make all the important repairs any electrical, plumbing or any other issue you should address it before the inspection. I had to hire an electrician to do some jobs around the house and change chandelier for me. It was a couple of hundred dollars I had to spend, but it was totally worth it.
7- Staging; Okay, staging is something which could cost you thousands of dollars. I had no idea until I called some stager since I was out of time and it was better for me to just have someone else do it so I could be more focused on moving. The minimum was $5,000 and that was a way too much for me to spend on one day’s photo shoot. I decided to jump in and just do my own staging. I gave myself a $500 budget and I spent a little more than that, but it was so rewarding when the photographer came in and said, “Who did you use for staging”? Honestly, I was so happy to hear that. I felt like all my hard work had paid off.
Our house was already pretty clean, but after getting rid of a lot of clutter it started to look more spacious.
8- Pay attention to details; Make sure you clean your closets very nicely and kitchen cabinets. No, marks or spots are in there. I purchased a cheap liner and I lined all my drawers just to make them look pretty. I like to line my cabinet drawers myself. I thought someone might appreciate it. We changed the hardware for our kitchen cabinets as well.
9- Bathrooms; Like you all know, old ranch homes do not have big bathrooms in them. Pay special attention to those bathrooms. Stage them well. Remove any personal stuff out of the bathrooms. I put everything in a small bin such as our toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. and placed that bin under the sink. Remove colorful towels or mats. Not everyone likes the colorful stuff, and I had red towels for kids and yellow for us, but I brought white towels to stage my bathrooms. We had three shelves in each bath. I removed two of them and left one just to give both bathrooms a more spacious look. I think it worked out perfectly.
10- Appraisal; Make sure your appraisal is up to date with the city assessors. This is a mistake I made and the first buyer offered me $35,000 less than the asking price.
11- Professional photos; Have your real estate person use a professional photographer as opposed to taking pictures with his/her phones. It makes a whole lot of difference.
12- Be aware; Know your properties value. Check out the comparison online for the last three months. Know how to deal with low ballers. Your real estate person, of course, helps you but you have to be prepared for this. You have to know what’s going on in your neighborhood. This is really critical to know. Where our house was in Wisconsin, in that particular neighborhood, houses don’t sit in the market for a long time. Yet, I have seen some sitting for months and I researched those were the houses that they put no effort and just listed with messy pictures. Portland is currently a very hot market. People still stage their house in this hot of a market where you barely find a house to buy.
13- Last but not least; Now since you ready to list, please be firm in your dealing, don’t lose money on the seller’s market. Be determined, and don’t be shaky thinking “Oh, what If I couldn’t sell”. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You are gonna sell your house. We had multiple offers, and the people we sold our house to gave us the lowest offer possible, but they bought our house at the price we wanted to sell it at. Don’t take anything personally. Our buyer wrote us an offensive letter but we still sold the house to them. Our real estate agent was also very skilled which was a tremendous help.
We closed our house within two weeks. The buyer was very tough in negotiations but ended up paying us what we wanted to get.
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Tell me about your experience or tips about selling your house or buying a house, where you felt like that seller should have taken care of some stuff?