• Life & Family,  Neat & Tidy,  Organization & Storage,  Tips & Tricks

    How We Sold Our Home In One Day

    It has been a little over three months since we closed on The City House and I want to share with you the secrets of how we sold it to the first buyer who walked through (on the first day). Obviously, the title of this post “How We Sold Our Home In One Day” may be a little deceptive. There is a lot more involved in selling a home than just finding a buyer. You must do all of the prep work before listing (we used a realtor), plus getting to closing can take a couple of months or more, depending on negotiations, inspections, loan approvals, etc. However, getting started on the right path can ensure that you get the perfect buyer into your home as soon as possible.

    As a former realtor, I think one of the most important parts of finding a buyer quickly is making your home look as appealing as possible before listing. (Picking a reasonable listing price and deciding how willing you are to negotiate will also be very important.) Here are some tricks and tips on how to do it!

    How We Sold Our Home

    Fix

    This should be apparent, but fixing the big and small problems in the house (i.e. small holes in the wall, doors that don’t latch correctly, lighting problems, landscaping issues) should be one of the first things on your to-do list, once you decide to sell your home. Take care of all of the problems you know of and you won’t have to worry about them showing up on later inspections.

    Our kitchen counters were looking pretty bad after a failed DIY attempt. So, we replaced them with an inexpensive, yet, nice looking option.

    Kitchen Final

    Curb Appeal

    Buyers will definitely have an opinion about your home before they even walk in. Curb appeal is important since it is the first thing that people see. Make sure to tidy up outside by cleaning walkways, cutting the grass, weeding flower beds. You can even add some potted plants and a seasonal door wreath to pretty things up.

    My favorite boxwood wreath hanging on the front door.

    Boxwood Wreath

    Declutter

    Many people don’t realize that cleaning and decluttering are two different things. With decluttering, the point is to remove all of the things that make the rooms look, well, cluttered and busy. Removing mail, tchotchkes, and excess furniture from each room will help the space feel more inviting and open. Decide whether each item you are decluttering should be thrown out, donated, or stored until you move.

    We didn’t have a lot of items to purge, but we did move a lot of extra stuff to our Country House and donated quite a few things. If you don’t have space to store items in your home and your budget allows, consider renting a storage unit until you move. You could also ask friends/family if they would mind allowing you to store a few things in their homes until your home is sold.

    Our dining table was pretty big for our breakfast nook, so we swapped it out for a smaller one to make the room look a little more spacious.

    Dining Room Final

    Clean

    Again, this should go without saying, but your home should be pretty much spotless. We opted to hire a cleaning company to come in and really deep clean everything. Getting the major cleaning out of the way, saved us so much time and helped us focus on other tasks, like painting the walls.

    We were also lucky enough to be able to move our pets to our new Country House before listing. We knew that then they wouldn’t get in the way with showings and it would be one less thing to worry about cleaning up. Pet odors can be a huge turn off for potential buyers! If you must have your pets around during showings, consider crating/kenneling them. Also, make sure their areas (food bowls/litter boxes/etc.) are pristine. Don’t forget to clean rugs and vacuum furniture well to get rid of smells, hair, and dander.

    Our kitty Rowan, lounging like he does.

    Remove pets during open houses and showings

    Stage

    For many people, hiring a home stager is not in the budget when they are trying to sell their house. The good news is that you could do a pretty good job at staging your own home. As I mentioned before, decluttering will really help open rooms up to feel more spacious. A few other ideas to consider would be:

    • Room Rearrangements – Move furniture around to be more inviting for conversation, especially in the living/family room. Also, make sure that each room has furniture in it to compliment the exact type of room a buyer may want. If you have 3 bedrooms, but use one as an office or playroom, consider changing it to make it look more like to a bedroom while your home is listed. Also, make sure that large furniture pieces are not in front of windows which may stop natural light from coming in.
    • Neutralize – There are a couple of ways to neutralize your home. First, consider painting rooms with bold color choices a more neutral tone (i.e. changing bright yellow to soft greige.) Second, think about storing some personal items, such as family photos, toys, and collections. You don’t have to necessarily rid your home of every last one of these items, but a buyer will be less distracted if a home is neutralized and it will be easier for them to picture themselves living in the space.

    Neutral colors and welcoming furniture placement from our living room.

    Spring Fling Home Tour

    Good luck!

    So, those were the major things we did that we believed to helped us sell our home so quickly. Even though I can’t guarantee your home will be sold in one day, I hope that you can use these tips and tricks to get your home sold as quickly as possible! Selling your home can be so nerve-racking. It is even ranked up there as one of the most stressful life events a person can experience. To say that I’m happy to be done with the selling process, would be an understatement. However, I’m glad that we spent a little extra time preparing our home before listing because it certainly paid off! Best of luck to you too!

    Click here to see how we prepared for showings!

  • Organization & Storage,  Room Makeovers

    7 Unbelievable Closet Transformations

    I’m always amazed at how people can transform spaces. However, I think it takes a special kind of visionary to take a closet space to the next level. Whether it be an update to make the space more functional or completely changing the use of the space to make it a tiny room (such as a craft room, home office, or nursery), there is just something really amazing about evolving such a small area. Check out these 7 Unbelievable Closet Transformations!

    7 Unbelievable Closet Transformations

    Home Office in a Closet by The Crazy Craft Lady

    Home-office-in-a-closet-from-The-Crazy-Craft-Lady-926x1024

    DIY Cedar Closet Makeover by The Shabby Creek Cottage

    cedar-closet-makeover-by-Gina-Luker

    Closet to Office by Elizabeth Joan Designs

    Office closet 3-6

    Turning a Closet Into a Nursery by Tidbits

    closet-space-into-nursery-22

    Closet Makeover by Elizabeth Joan Designs

    Closet Makeover


    How I Squeezed a Craft Room Into a Closet
    by The House Down the Lane

    Closet to Craft Room

    Entryway Update by Elizabeth Joan Designs

    Entryway Updates

  • Home Decor,  Kids,  Organization & Storage

    Playroom Storage Makeover

    I don’t think I’ve ever shared photos of our playroom before. It is a finished space in our basement that serves as a multi-purpose room (playroom/family room/office/guest room.) The major work horse in the playroom is a huge shelving unit (Expedit from Ikea) which holds all of our games and our son’s small toys in the black bins (Drona). For quite awhile, I’ve wanted to change things up. So, I decided to do a playroom storage makeover, focusing on what we currently have.

    Playroom Storage Makeover

    There are so many amazing storage solutions for toys available these days. I love these charcoal and ivory rugby bins from the Container store, but at almost $100 for 8 of them, it seemed that I could come up with something similar for our current black bins and save myself some dough.

    Playroom Storage Expedit Before

    I thought of several different ideas, from covering the bins in fabric to painting stripes, but I just couldn’t commit to any one idea. Then, while perusing Ikea’s website I found black and white stripe place mats (Ljuda) for 1.49 each and decided they would be perfect for the job.

    Ljuda Black White Place Mat

    After taking the measurements of the bins, I cut one of the place mats to size and used it as a template for the rest of the pieces.

    Cutting Ljuda Place Mat

    Then, I inserted the cut place mats under the fabric fold at the top of the bins and used hot glue to secure them to the fronts. Super easy.

    Hot Glue Place Mat To Drona Box

    I love how the stripes add some playfulness to the plain boxes and if for some reason we tire of the contrast, we can just flip the boxes around and they will look just like they used to.

    Playroom Drona Storage Makeover

    So, what do you think of this simple playroom storage makeover? Do you like all of the stripes or the simplicity of the plain black bins? I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know!

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  • Organization & Storage,  Printables

    Free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    It seems like 2015 has been a whirlwind of a year. (Although, I hear as you age the years tend to get more whirlwind-ish!) With all of life’s chaos, I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs a little help making sure things go smoothly. So today, I’m sharing a way to get things under control. Check out our Free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners and get a jump start on planning your year!

    2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    Who doesn’t want a free printable calendar? I love the combination of pretty fonts and simple graphics this one offers. Plus, you really can’t go wrong with my favorite color combo of black and white. (See how I decorate with black and white in the fall home tour post.)

    2016 Calendar Months

    In addition to the regular annual calendar, I’ve included a few more goodies. There’s a Weekly Planner…

    Monthly Weekly Planner

    A Menu Planner and Shopping List…

    Menu Planner Shopping List

    And a Bill Pay Checklist. (All of which will work great in conjunction with our command center.)

    Bill Pay Checklist

    I even added a pretty front cover page to make gifting this freebie a breeze! Wrap the set up with some pretty ribbon or send it off to your local print shop to have it printed and bound.

    2016 Printable Calendar & Planners

    If you are looking for a way to get your life more organized in 2016, this is a great way to start! Simply click the link below to download.

    Printable Calendar

    Download your free 2016 Printable Calendar & Planners.

    Want to see more where this came from? Check out the Printables Gallery!

    All of our printables are currently FREE for download for personal use only. However, this is subject to change in the future, so snag them at no cost while you still can! (View Terms of Use.)

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