Tips for Selling your Home: The Staging

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So you know you are going to move.  If you are going to have to sell your house there is a whole other set on top of just moving.  Depending on your time frame-will depend on how fast or slow you need to pack and declutter.  If you have plans for the future to sell-just keep decluttering.  One room at a time.

When we made the decision my mind just kept spinning.  How was I going to keep the house clean all at once?  AND when the realtor came over I didn’t have the house ready for pictures.  Actually the first time over the house was far from ready, and second time when we signed to put the house on the market, she was ready to take pictures, I was not.

It is hard thinking of someone seeing the inside of your house.  I know you are thinking-but you blog, and post pictures all the time!     But it was not easy for me!

So the next tip has to do with Staging! This is where you need to get the house ready for pictures and potential buyers to come in and see the house.

Once the sign went up, I knew pictures had to be taken.  But for my house to be cleaned all at once-that was just impossible at the time.  (Still is!!)  So I focused on one room.  Decluttered.  Cleaned and cleaned.  Then took the pictures.  They were not great-but I got some in!

Before I took the picture I read some blogs and watched some shows.  This is good and bad.

Some quick tips and great resources are:

  • looking at other listing and pictures.  Not everyone is perfect.  I had to get over that I needed to be perfect.  
  • HGTV has great resources
  • Which rooms to take pictures of? I saw some pictures that focused on the weirdest things.  Like the furniture or the banisters-which were nothing special.
  • You hear that word Staging a lot!  Here are some great tips for staging.
  • Open doors when taking pictures.  It is inviting.
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  • Turn on lights in the rooms.
  • Open blinds, let the sun in.
  • Take down family pictures.  You know at first, I didn’t like this, cause family is important.  But I understood it also is for the safety of my children.  So we have a few-that can easily be hidden when we need to.
  • At this point, I just tidied up our house school room/area.  As we finished school-I am going to pack it away-but I cannot hide the fact we homeschool-at least not yet.  But I have been decluttering.
  • Want to know about camera angle and lenses -This article from Houzz is a great place to go!
  • Pinterest is a good place to see and get ideas.  Just don’t get lost there.  Like I do!

Because we don’t know when our house is going to sell, I didn’t want to pack everything.  Here is an example of what I did with a linen closet.  It was not really used much-messy and I knew people would open it up.  (yes people open up closet doors, don’t you?)  So I got a box and was determined to pack the box up, but leave enough of what we need out.  I at the same time clean out under a sink. The box I backed had mostly sheets in it-flannel sheets that we will not need again till next winter, along with some other things we can live with out for this spring/summer season.   I also threw away a whole Target bag of garbage!

lin. closet

Now, I now you are thinking-how do I stage a house with kids in it all day long!  In the next few days I will share some tips I have found, like our staging baskets!

Over the next two weeks I will give tips for: 

  • The outside of the house
  • Pack all the toys and getting the kids involved
  • Staging Baskets
  • The battle of Laundry
  • Homeschool area and what to do with the kids
  • The kitchen
  • Hiding the pets and kids
  • Open House

While my goal is to help homeschooling families, any mom getting ready to move will find these tips helpful.  I also welcome another tips in the comments!

I do not blog alone over these next two weeks Hopscotch!  Check out all these other great post over the next 2 weeks!


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