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March 3, 2008

We are in overdrive getting the house ready for sale.  Hoping to have it listed by next Monday, yikes.  Does anyone have any tips on moving and staging the home for sale?  Thanks everyone!! 😉

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  1. March 3, 2008 5:31 pm

    I know “they” say less is better. Meaning do not have a lot of stuff around even decorative stuff. Neutral colors are also good. Hope this helps some…I’ll be praying for you guys.

  2. March 3, 2008 6:06 pm

    A good catch-all packing post: check out Laurie’s blog, under “Akron Adventure” – it’s a post called Your 2 cents. A number of different people posted suggestions there. I bring that up because some people find it easier to “stage the house” and “start packing” in the same swing – if you have to move it anyway, might as well put it in a box while you de-clutter! Also…there are suggestions there for what to do with small children while packing occurs! As far as staging and such, I don’t have a lot of great advice for you, except – are you listing with an agent or selling it yourselves? If you are using an agent, they’re usually good at this stuff.

  3. Marie J permalink
    March 4, 2008 8:43 am

    This link had a lot of good info. (We’re in the same process. If I come across any other good info I’ll let you know.)

    http://homebuying.about.com/od/sellingahouse/ht/homeprep.htm

    I also had a realtor e-mail me some info. I could -email that to you.

    Where is the house you’re trying to sell?

  4. March 5, 2008 12:51 pm

    Staging homes for sale is my DREAM! I have never done it for anyone else, but i LOVED doing it when selling our other houses. Yes, I did it with little kids and sometimes got bald patches in my head as a result, but my kids loved to help my “dynamize” for a showing. Toys should be limited to one box you can put neatly in one corner or better yet, out of sight if possible. Paint where necessary. New smells are great, as in that new vinyl backing on a new throwrug or new plastic shower curtain liner. New paint. New towels. Keep a Just for Show set of towels. Keep closet floors empty. Make Goodwill your new favorite place swing-by place for dumping stuff. Get personal pics off walls Ppl want to see their new home, not your current one, imagine THEIR furnishings not see yours. Most of all, make sure no room confuses a buyer. If it’s a dining room, make it a dining room, not a playroom. People are buying a lifestyle, not just a house. EVeryone wants to dream of dining, but not everyone appreciates toys. For some it may even make them sad, ya never know ppl’s pasts. Neutral, neutral.

  5. March 5, 2008 1:05 pm

    🙂 thanks Donna, Leanne, Marie, and Zoanna for the great advice. Ronan picked up boxes yesterday so we are decluttering and boxing as we go. 🙂

    we keep the toys under control.. and we are keeping it even more under control since we are showing the house soon. I hadn’t thought of the fact that the toys could make some sad.. not knowing their past. You would think with my background I would have, but i hadn’t. Thanks Zoanna! Now if I only could farm out the kids until the move.. hmmmmm 😉 just kidding!!

  6. March 7, 2008 6:13 pm

    Another great tip: depending whether you’re running your heat or your AC, spray a nice air fresheneer into the air filter. EVery time the furnace or AC kicks on, it will send that scent thru every vent. It’s safer than candles and more effcient than spraying all over the house. Clean Linen is a fresh scent that doesn’t smell like a cover-up and is good for any season.

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