This past weekend we started round 2 of trying to sell our house.
This whole process has been an "experience" to say the least, and not one I hope to repeat any time soon.
The end of November we cancelled our contract with our previous realtor, took our house off the market after 5 months of lots of showings and no offers, and took a breather of sorts. I could do a whole rant post about our previous realtor but I will spare you those details. I am trying to move on and move forward.
Two weeks into December we had picked a new realtor, met with their staging ladies and got their recommendations and started feeling hopeful again. Some of their suggestions we could do easily and right away, others needed more time, energy and muscle power. And really I just couldn't deal with a lot of it right before Christmas and trying to get our oldest daughter off to college the first week of January. My brain could only deal with so much.
Here is the previous photo of our LR for our MLS listing last year.
The staging recommendation was to move some of the larger pieces out to make the room appear as large as possible.
The bookcase on the left and the 2 side pieces of the TV cabinet were moved out.
Packed up most of my quilts and just about every single book we own.
I think I only have 4 or so on my side table in our room and that is about it.
The furniture placement was altered as well as the rug placement.
And the shoe bin/bench (lower right corner barely visible above pic or below about the middle of the pic by the couch) will get put in the back of the van for showings, along with 2 cellos. With as many people as we have in this house and trying to reduce clutter, there is no way we can completely eliminate shoe storage, in Winter no less.
Thankfully we didn't have to move the piano.
Here we are now that the changes are completed.
What a difference!
In the first 4 days after our listing went live we had 14 showings and an open house where 15 people attended.
Seriously, what a difference!