I realized just the other day that with all the focus on the new house renovations, I’ve failed to mention that or 2bedroom condo–where we’re currently living–is on the market! We listed it about 6 weeks ago and have had pretty steady stream of showings. We’ve never sold a property before, so the whole process continues to be a learning experience for us. The part of the process that has been the most fun though was staging our house! I found it an interesting challenge to allow a (mostly) stranger (our realtor) to come into our home and critique it with fresh eyes.
The biggest hurdle was deculttering everywhere. I’m always a fan of decluttering in general, but I didn’t quite realize just how much decluttering we’d need to do. Even though our closets were pretty organized and looked orderly, we had to reduce the amount of stuff in them by roughly half so they looked spacious. I guess the idea is not to show empty closets, but to make them say something like “Look how spacious I am–there’s a bunch of stuff in here but there’s still plenty of room left! Buy me!” Or something like that!
So DH and I undertook a massive purge–some things went in the give away pile, a bunch of seldom used things were packed up and carted over to the new house, and the remaining things were stashed in places no one would look (under the bed for example). We also took special care to clear out space in our closed storage areas (drawers, cabinets no one would likely open) for last minute items we might need to stash if we had a short-notice showing .
I thought the photographer did a great job using some kind of wide-angle lens to make our place look especially bright and spacious and I thought it would be fun to share some of the photos used for our listing. For example, here’s shot of our living room bookcases and TV area before we undertook the serious decluttering process:
You can see how hard it is to get a good shot of the space. Here’s what the photographer got!
and of the kitchen:
So far we’ve had lots of interest in our place, but so far no offers. We’re hoping something comes in soon since it is looking like the new house will be ready for us before to long, which I can hardly believe! Wish us luck–we’re pretty tired of living in a house that is on the market; it feels like living in a museum sometimes.