Hey y’all! So, I wanted to touch base with you about what I have learned so far in the house-selling business. If some of you haven’t heard yet, I announced on here recently that we are selling our very first home! For about a month now, we have been prepping our home to put it on the market. It’s no small task, let me tell you!
1. De-clutter and get your home to bare bones.
Do you know how absolutely hard this is with a house that is only 1,000 sq. ft!?!?! But this tip is a must! Get the clutter out and make everything very bare bones! That means to clean off counter tops and surfaces. Hide any items that will make the space the least bit cluttered. I am talking about hiding hand soaps, cleaners, perfumes, etc.
This is my kitchen about 97% de-cluttered. I could probably take off even more (like the mixer, paper towel holder, glass bowl, knives, etc.), and I probably will. When you remove things, it shows the people looking at your home that there’s plenty of space to do what they need to do to live there well. Trust me, it works!
I have been told by lots of people that de-personalizing your home will help get it sold quicker. That means removing any personal photos, taking down your kids’ artwork from the refrigerator, hiding any personal belongings like robes, jewelry, toothbrushes, etc.
I recently did this in my living room. I had a photo up on the wall near the TV of my husband and I when we were engaged, and a family photo sitting between the two lamps under the TV. I went ahead and stored them into a box and will get them back out when we move into our new home. When removing personal items, supposedly, it helps prospective homebuyers picture themselves living there instead of someone else. If it works, I am all about it!
3. Give your house a good cleaning.
Time to break out the elbow grease and give your house a good shining! This is the part I actually dread because as you can see, my house is ALL wood floors. And honestly, I have never got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed in the corners. But if it means that my home will sell quicker, then I’ll strap my boots on and do it! Pass the toothbrush and bucket of soapy water.. time to get cleaning!
4. Stage your home
Staging your home can be as simple as a few new pillows on the couch or a bowl of lemons on the kitchen counter. This is something I haven’t accomplished yet, but my plan is to do what I mentioned above, plus adding some new bedding and decor to our bedroom. It’s not only something that will freshen up the space, but we can use it in the home we will be moving too. Practical!
5. Make it Smell Good!
I was recently talking with a dear family member who told me her home sold in THREE DAYS. “How?!?!” I asked? She said that she baked a pan of cookies every day and that is why it sold so quickly. Apparently scents trigger something in the brain and can be a very positive thing for selling a home. I know for us, we have to work extra hard to keep our house smelling good. My son is still in diapers and oh my, that can leave a smell lingering if you’re not careful.
I love the idea of having smelly-goods in my girls’ room but I don’t want anything that would be dangerous and spill. I also wanted something that would add some visual appeal to the room so I got this AromaBreeze Fragrance System at Walmart. It’s beautiful and matches the room so well!
The girls think the little birdy is their new pet now. It’s really kind of cute to see them talk to it and stuff. They crack me up!
The AromaBreeze is just 3 simple components– a light with a fan (both powered by an electrical cord or a battery), a scent disk (pictured above is Cupcake and it smells AMAZING!) and the decorative casing.
The scent disc fits snugly over the fan and when turned on, air blows through those little holes, thus scenting the air. Nifty, right?
Then, the disc is secured within the decorative piece, which puts my mind at ease. I love how AromaBreeze is safe for pets and kids. I definitely need that kind of item around my kiddos! When putting the AromaBreeze together, be sure to follow the instructions located on the box very carefully!
I did, however, get a Scentsationals wax warmer for my kitchen that sits out of little hands reach. I am in love with this lantern and the wax scent that is in there right now. It’s amazing. My whole house smells like I have been baking for hours, which of course I haven’t but we don’t have to tell anyone that. 🙂
So, do you have any more tips to helping get a house ready to sell? Have you tried the AromaBreeze fragrance systems in your home? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!