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8 Tips For Selling Your House in One Weekend

As my regular readers know, we sold our house in one weekend this Spring. Technically we sold it in less than 4 hours but the terms weren’t hammered out until after our open house weekend. Now we were the beneficiaries of a hot sellers market but we also did a lot of work to make our house show ready to ensure a fast sale. And our hard work paid off- we received multiple offers above asking price! We spent about 3 months and $1500 getting our house ready for sale. Our realtor came through the house before we listed it and she had not one suggestion to make on things we needed to do before she could send it live in MLS. Not one! Today I’m sharing some tips that helped us sell our house quickly with multiple offers and countless compliments. 

1. Declutter every space. I know, that’s the number one tip you get from every article, post, and website. That’s because it’s the most important first step. We started this process in January. I literally went through every cabinet, drawer, closet, and purged purged purged. Then I did it again. I sold or donated anything that we didn’t love or need. That included furniture, dishes, clothes, toys, rugs, decor, books, etc. Nothing was safe! I think we made at least 15 trips to Goodwill with full loads of stuff. Bonus- it makes it so much easier to pack for the move when you’ve done a good purge!

2. Neutralize your color palette. Most of our house was already pretty neutral but we definitely needed to paint Zoey’s watermelon room, Mason’s checkerboard room, and 2 bathrooms. It’s ideal if all the colors in your house flow together easily and compliment one another. I stuck to mostly khaki, greige, gray, and pale aqua. All the bathrooms were painted the same color, I used a similar shade of the pale aqua that was in the kitchen and nook when I painted Maia’s room upstairs. It really makes a difference. We also repainted all the trim in the entire house to a brighter white and repainted every single door in the same color. That instantly brightened and updated our whole house.

3. Rent a storage unit. We rented one just a couple of miles from our old house and packed up at least half of the stuff in every closet and cabinet. I packed all the Fall/Winter clothes, shoes, and coats, bulky toys, extra hangers, coolers, suitcases, china, holiday dishes, extra decor and furniture and we loaded it into the storage unit. If you shop around you can get a deal. We actually ended up only needing our storage unit for 26 days and since we found a one month free deal we only paid the $18 initial fee. 

4. Do all small house projects. Nobody wants to walk into an open house and immediately see projects they’d need to do. That’s a big buzz kill. Along with painting we also redid the gel stain on the kitchen cabinets and stair rails, redid caulking in the kitchen and bathroom, patched any nail holes and baseboards, replaced light switches, etc. All those little nagging projects- do them. 

5. Don’t forget the deck and garage. I know most people think- it’s just a garage. But it makes a big difference. We removed all the excess from the garage and painted the entire garage from floor to ceiling. We also painted the deck with Behr Premium Deck Over. I couldn’t believe how great it looked afterwards! With some sweat labor we added instant updated appeal to one of the biggest selling features of our house.

6. Clean, Clean, and Clean some more and not just the inside. We deep cleaned every square inch of our house from ceiling to floor. Then we did the outside. We pressure washed the driveway, sidewalk, front porch, and house. We even pressure washed the basketball backboard. It’s all about first impressions!

7. Spruce up the curb appeal. We added all new mulch, pine straw, and flowers to the front yard. We trimmed the trees and bushes framing the house. We touched up the paint on the front door and shutters. We changed the door handle and added a new front door mat. 

8. Hire a professional photographer to take your pictures. Our realtor already had a professional photographer on staff so we didn’t need to hire one ourselves. But we absolutely would have spent the money if we needed to. The pictures were spectacular and I firmly believe they sold our house for us. We had multiple offers the day we listed before we even had a showing!

Another big part of what sold our house was the staging. It’s too much info to put into one post so I’ll be doing a whole separate post on how I staged our home for sale.

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