Kiki Interiors - Decor and Staging

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Prepping my own home for sale...cont'd

Well, the house has been on the market for roughly two weeks - we have had a lot of showings and two open houses which have been busy.

For the most part the feedback is positive but it is funny to hear comments from some people that pertain to the age of the home. I think a lot of people fail to understand what a home built in 1959 looks like - they don't have walk-in closets and en suites etc...I am not sure if there is a lack of understanding from the buyer or the agent. It's a great house, in a great area, on a great street, with many updates but it still has many of the features of a home from it's original time period.

Some tricky parts about selling with two young children is the two young children! Getting out of the house and have it looking perfect for showings is a challenge but it can be done with planning and lots of planning. Luckily we have restricted showings, which means they can occur at the times that we outline and if someone wants a viewing outside of the designated time - we get to approve that. So we have a schedule that works for us. I also really downsized the amount of kids toys in the house and packed them away and you know what? They don't even notice. The toys that are hanging around the main living area are easily tucked away in a basket in the corner of the room, so the house is neat and tidy. I also find picking up regularly really helps keep clutter to a minimum.

I won't say that selling your own home isn't stressful but i think the stress can be kept to a minimum with lots of planning.

We are still on the market but I don't think it will be much longer. It is a great house that we fell in love with so why wouldn't someone else?

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