Selling my house - HELP

House - Thought this was a cute house!
@ebsharer (5517)
United States
July 22, 2008 9:24am CST
We are going to put our house up for sale. I need your thoughts! *When looking at a house what would you rather see?? My options are: 1) Just an empty house 2) House filled with furniture 3) The house staged with every thing in its place 4) The house with just basic things but obvoulsy lived in *What about wall color? My options are: 1) Paint every thing white? 2) Paint every thing a nutral color like tan? 3) Leave every thing? 4) Just paint what needs painted? *How do you feel about boxes in the house? I don't know what to do with the things I am packing. My options are: 1) Using 1 room for all the boxes. 2) Leave the boxes in each room stacked nicely. 3) Take the boxes to an outside storage area. (that means shelling out more money) Any other advice you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond!
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
22 Jul 08
If you're able to watch "Design to Sell" tv program on HGTV or log onto their website, they give you ideas on how to stage your home for sale. Things that might need a bit of an upgrade that would help it to sell and all sorts. I watch it now and then and they give some great ideas that are not too expensive to do. Staging it would be better with furniture and sorts, pastal colors or earth tones on the walls I think are more better than brighter colored walls. The kitchen and bathroom are what sells the home so those are the places I would look at as well. If you can move all your boxes and stuff into storage and have a clean open home sale including the garage, if you have one so people can't see your stuff. Curb appeal also sells the home too ie. your front garden, yard and even the back yard if you have one. Those HGTV shows are very informative and gives great ideas even on a budget. Good luck with the sale ebsharer :)
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
If I start watching those shows I may NEVER get my house done LOL!!
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
23 Jul 08
hahaha I hear you on that one!
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I don't think you need to paint everything neutral. As long as it's clean, it's good. Make sure the furniture is arranged so that there is a good traffic pattern. Have minimal stuff laying around, it will make it look more spacious and roomy. Is there somewhere out of the way you can put the boxes? The basement or garage? As long as it's neat and tidy, empty or furnished doesn't really matter. The best of luck in selling your house. Have you found another one yet?
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
If I have to I can get an outside storage unit - I just really don't want to put the money into it. I could also bring things to my walk in attic BUT then that would mean I was bringing every thing up to bring back down. That would be a LOT of work LOL.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I would leave some furniture. People need to get an idea of how much really fits into a room. As for painting, if you are going to paint, a warm color (tan, cream, beige) work to give your home a comfortable setting. One trick a realtor told me was to have something baking. The smell of warm cookies, or potpourri simmering on the stove gives a good impression to any prospective buyer entering the home. It puts them in a good positive mood. Good luck!
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thank you I had forgot about the baking some thing before an open house!
@tessah (6621)
• United States
22 Jul 08
option 1.. an empty house.. it gives the ability to imagine what itd look like with yer own stuff in the rooms. option 3.. paint what needs painting. stark white makes the place feel sterile and inhuman option 2.. stack them neatly if you really dont wanna go to the expense of an outside storage. piling them all intoone room will take away from that specific room. ive never actually sold a house.. the one i have i plan on owning forever.. but i know the mood id be in if i were hunting for one.. and id say the most appealing aspect would be to make sure the OUTSIDE looked as best as possible as it is the first thing a person sees when coming to take a gander at the place. weed the flower beds (if any) make sure the lawn is mowed and manicured nicely and trees/hedges are trimmed neatly. and if the house itself is all chipping and looking shabby.. slap a fresh coat of paint on the outside. good luck!
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I agree the outside needs to look as good as the inside. I am lucky to have a great landscaper and don't have to worry about it because I'll tell you my house is HUGE and enough to deal with. Thanks for the opinions and tips!
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
22 Jul 08
You should have the house staged with everything in its place. No personal items or pictures. No clutter. As for the wall color I think a neutral color is better. Unfortunately your best option is to take all your boxes to an outside area. If you have to still live in the house while you are showing it, then store all the personal items, just have the rooms simple with no extra furniture, clean off the kitchen counter, no pictures and what not on the front of the fridge, and if you have a collection of things - knick knacks or whatever, put those away. You may like them and think they are cute, but buyers aren't interested and it just takes away from them seeing the basics of the house. I watch a lot of home decorating shows and shows where they are selling their house. This is pretty much what they say. Hope this helps. Good luck!
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thank you for the tips!
• United States
22 Jul 08
From what I've heard on TV shows and from people selling their houses, you should have furniture in the house, and have it somewhat staged--everything very neat and tidy, and sort of an ideal look to each room. As for painting, I suspect that a lot of the experts would recommend white or a neutral color, but I'd say just painting what needs to be painted would probably appeal to me more. Only the house I grew up in had interesting colors on the walls, and I've lived in so many apartments that seeing a house with interesting colors would really appeal to me if I were shopping for a house. Of course, some common sense is needed here--if you have a room that's in a really odd color that might not appeal to people, it might be worth the effort to repaint that one. And as to the boxes, I'd say you're probably better off having those in a single room, or the basement if you have one. Stacked neatly also, but basically not in the way of seeing the nice features of your house.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Great opinion! Thanks for responding!
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I've bought and sold a number of homes over the years. And I watch all the usual HGTV shows on it too. I'd suggest not showing it empty. I did that, and lost money. The people couldn't figure out furniture placement. I'd suggest staging it, with minimal furnishings and accessories. White is out, tan is in. Boxes are a huge no no - per my last realtor and every show I've seen. They suggest renting a storage place if you have no other options. Or, at least place them in the garage if nothing else. Otherwise it makes the home look too cluttered. Another tip - air fresheners. Go for natural scents and those you can plug in etc. No one wants a house that smells. We had pets and my realtor said she was always having to spray after we moved out "just in case" anyone noticed pet scents. As the owner you get used to it, but people coming in aren't. Good luck!
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thank you for your tips!
@missybal (4492)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Always better to have furnishing but not too much.. just the necessary very neat not over cluttered. One thing I like is knowing where the tv could go... need to visualize. No white walls, tans/ neutrals are best. No wild colors. celling should be different from walls to make space appear larger. Boxes are not good however for cost perposes I would say if you can make the boxes look like end table or something so they hide but don't fill an area it is best. Do not fill a room with boxes because that room will look smaller and so possibly eliminating a bedroom or something. If garage that would be better but be sure to show room for car. Staging is very important. I like a furnished house because I can see how my furnisher will fit. empty houses it's been a good thing I'm smart enough to take my tape measurer because I can't tell you how offten i found that a house had too small of rooms to fit my purpose but turned out too small... or I though it was too small (mostly due to lack of lighting) and it turned out big... Open windows... do not have heavy curtains or blinds because you want it to look like the place is bright and airy. When blinds are down the rooms look smaller. Prefer nothing at all to make it bright.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thank you for the tips!
@vanila (491)
• Israel
23 Jul 08
I will prefer that the house I'm looking at in purpose to purchase it will be empty, for several reasons.. 1. so I can imagine how the house would look like when I will put my furnitures and other things in it. second, maybe the internal disign of the house is not for my taste and for you as seller it won't be good. 3. the house have to be painted natural color, again, probably they will change the color so why to invest in it to much ?! 4. I think you can put it in a little room in your house that is less protruding. good luck !
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
thanks for your tips
@inia_54 (176)
• Malaysia
23 Jul 08
A real estate agent should be able to answer your questions because they know what the customers want when buying a house. However if I am buying your house I want it free from furniture. Where am I going to put mine if yours are still around? If the house is painted (white is the best), I would be thankful to the owner because it could save me money. If I want to change the colour I can do later. As for you, the things you don't and can't take along, you can put up for garage sale, or give away to your neighbours or charity organizations. As for the rest, I guess you have to hire a lorry and send then to the dump site.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I guess you didn't read either. PLEASE GO READ THE DISCUSSION AGAIN!!! IF YOU DON'T GET IT STILL DON'T RESPOND!!
@badkat83 (1621)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I personally believe there is too much crap on the home and garden channel which makes everyone think they have to do all this stuff to sell their house. I believe that a house might sell better with furniture, but if your furniture is yucky, then it won't look so good. As for painting, if your house looks good then great. But don't go and paint every room white. But don't leave a room if it is red. Maybe you can bring the boxes to a friends or relatives till you sell. I guess the answer to all your questions, is do you want to spend money. They say on them shows that you need to spend a little to make a lot more. I am thinking of selling in a few years, and I don't want to think about it. Good luck
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thank you I am gonna need the luck! My house is HUGE to say the least and I know I have A LOT of work ahead of me.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
22 Jul 08
According to all the shows (which i love to watch) The rooms should be staged, this gives the buyer an idea about how their furniture will fit in. Also remove all personal items (pictures, collections) Make sure everything is CLEAN including all the floors and windows. Paint with a neutral color, not necessarily tan, you just want to make sure that most other colors will go well with it. You can paint just what needs it but if people goes into a house and thinks that they are going to have a lot of "fix-up" work they may by-pass it. If you can't get the boxes out then i would use one room with them stacked neatly, if you have a garage or basement that would work nicely. And don't forget curb appeal that is according to the people on t.v. the first hurdle is getting people to want to come into your house, which they make think twice about if the outside looks bad. HGTV has a website that you can go to and get more tips.Good luck!!
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Thank you for the tips - They will all help !
• United States
23 Jul 08
When I sold my house, we were told by our real estate agent to paint the walls an off white, keep the rooms as open and uncluttered and put the boxes in a room and in the garage. You want the people to imagine their stuff in the house. This worked out quite well and the house sold within a week. Good luck-Best advice is to ask your real estate agent what to do.
@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
good for you! I hope the same happens for me!
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I also feel that a real estate agent will answer these questions better. From the people that have bought/are buying homes in my family, the details that ypu are talking about did not made a dent in buying a home. Good luck :)
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Yeah thanks for NOT reading my discussion!
@pujiku (10)
• Indonesia
22 Jul 08
I will choose house in pedestrian. I dream have a house with farm and with many vegetable tree. we can life convenience with it.
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@ebsharer (5517)
• United States
23 Jul 08
You obvously didn't read the discussion. You are WAY off topic. I see you are new here on MyLot and I am not trying to be rude to you as a new member BUT you need to read the discussion BEFORE you respond!