And so began the business of selling our home. With a house in Peachtree City, GA already in our sight, we now set upon the grim task of “staging”. And what that really meant was going through five years worth of stuff accumulated thanks to a move from abroad and a new baby. But what became clear when showing our home at the agents’ open house was that looks really do matter, and it’s not about you or your tastes and likes. It’s much more basic and simple than that! It’s about keeping a clean home and keeping a neutral color scheme. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter. Scrub that tile grout and shine those countertops.
It made my wife cringe, but it’s what got our home sold; the one buyer who came to view our home walked through it a total of three times, the last time was with a contractor in tow. And each time she came she became more enamored by what she could do to personalize the space to her liking. She was not being rude; in fact, she paid many compliments to the large chocolate brown accent wall we had towards the rear of our house, which did much to appease my wife’s sensibility. It simply was a testiment to how easily she could envision the home becoming hers.
Had she had to exhaust her imagination, it may have been easier for her to throw her hands up and move on to the next property; had she had to overlook filth or clutter or unpleasant odors, it may have been that much harder to see what she needed to see, and that was a great structure and space with exactly what she needed for her family to live comfortably. And soon, it was official. Sold in two months flat.
Spring is here. Don’t underestimate the power of a seasonally-inspired cleaning blitz. Even if you don’t have the cash to remodel a thing to encourage the sale of your home, it’s amazing what a little elbow grease can do to really showcase your home when planning to sell.
There’s another installment next week as we move from Miami, FL to Peachtree City, GA… Come back, y’all!