Putting your house on the market can be stressful. Uncertainty about timelines and processes can be truly frustrating. The house was only on the market for 7 days. Based on the state of the economy and other market conditions we were lucky to receive an offer the first week.
A couple months ago when our relator walked the property for the first time before it was listed, Brandon made three major comments about our house: 1) the half-dead lawn needed some work to look good for pictures, 2) our lighting fixtures needed to be updated to silver vs. brass, and 3) the master bathroom had to be pained a color other than lime green. If you have ever seen the color of the mask in the movie “The Mask” with Jim Carry, then you know why the realtor wanted the bathroom repainted.
The next move in the waltz that is listing (and selling) a house involved having a professional stagger come in and provide critical feedback on every room in the house. The staging process was eye opening. It lasted about two hours and Joni took notes as we walked throughout the house. We ended up having to move a dresser out of the bedroom to make the room seem less full and rearrange the sofas in the living room. We also removed our giant rug from the living room to help the room seem less dark. Beyond moving things around, we ended up taking a ton of stuff to a storage unit. I’m taking 10 loads in the Honda Pilot. I have never had a storage unit before. The process of getting one was interesting, but that is a story for another day.
After spending an entire weekend getting the house prepared based on the staggers advice, we were ready for pictures. The professional photos take of the house turned out to be phenomenal. Tons of houses on the market have substandard photos posted online that do not represent the property very well. Our photos were crisp, bright, and showed off the rooms in the house. The relator posted the pictures online and prepared the listing.
Showings are stressful with a 19 month old kid. Everything the kid thinks is fun seems to make a mess in the house. In this case, keeping the house clean was not controlled chaos – it was just chaotic. Everything turned out ok in the end. We received an offer 7 days after the house was listed. I’m ready to close the house selling chapter and open the house buying one.
What advice would I give someone trying to sell a house? The following thoughts are for informational purposes only. You should consult a professional before making real decisions, but here are my thoughts on the matter. Make sure you understand the financial ramifications of selling your house before you call a relator. Make sure you go over what will happen when the house sells with the relator. Trust me – you don’t want to be surprised by the financials. Make sure you know your limits and understand the consequences. Having a stagger and professional photographer helped us sell our house. The stagger and the professional photographer were part of the standard package our realtor uses. Obviously, you need to hire a great realtor. They need to be great at their job and somebody you can trust. During the course of 7 years, our realtor Brandon helped us both buy and sell the same house.