We just put a sign in our front yard – FOR SALE BY OWNER! Pretty intimidating to someone like me. I’m going to have to welcome strangers into my house and act like it’s no big deal when they open my closets, look in my bathrooms and study my décor. Yikes! That’s definitely out of my comfort zone.
3 Things to do to get ready to sell your house:
You can’t sell a house that is full of clutter, junk, piles of stuff and chaos. I have taken so many bags to the trash can, donated to the local resource center, and given to friends…. and there's still piles in my garage!
Once you think you have the clutter gone, you start cleaning. If you're like me, you do cleaning on a regular basis – but it isn't that deep cleaning. I do more spot cleaning as I have the time. But with this new adventure, I am on a cleaning mission!
3. Do it over!
Now that you have so many clean surfaces, you can once again see that there is more stuff that is just taking up space. So you go back to cleaning out stuff again. You fill boxes, bags and the back of your vehicle and delete again. That of course shows up that you have a whole new section of your house that needs a deep cleaning. Once you think you have your house ready, invite a very trusted friend to come look at your house. Have her give you a 2nd opinion. Is there still extra clutter that should be removed or cleaned out? If you don't have a friend who can help out, enlist the help of your camera. Just stand at your front door and take pictures of each angle. Then put the picture on your screen and take a look. Sometimes you will see things that you missed when you just looked with your eyes.
Here's the intersting part… Now that my stuff is starting to be pared down, I am finding that I kind of like the 'less is more' look! I may keep going through these 3 steps on a regular basis. It's kind of freeing to not have stuff cluttering my life!
Ever sold a house?
Got any great tips for me?
I have a feeling this is going to be a huge learning experience!
Author: Sharon Williams is a mom of three who still thinks it's important to find time to pursue hobbies! Sharon blogs about all things hobby at Hobbies On a Budget.