Moving, Selling, & Buying

Showing Our Stuff

Ok, so today our house looks like this:

We did get Clara’s room pretty settled though (we want her to feel right at home – and light blocking curtains are a must to get her to bed). We left nearly all of the curtains in our old house, but we wrote these guys into the listing as coming with us since she picked them out. And as for our new place, she LOVES it – probably thanks to doing lots of fun things with her here leading up to the move (like painting castles and a big piece of fabric for her birthday photo). When she came running into her all-set-up bedroom for the first time, she laughed, squealed, and skipped right to the window and played with her dolls. That’s my girl.


But as for the rest of the house… woof.

So – spontaneous decision! – while we get settled and find our underwear, this week is going to be moving week! Turns out you guys still wanted to hear a whole lot about the sale of our current house. So let’s do the dang thing. Here’s what we plan to cover in honor of Spontaneous Moving Week:

So onto the first bullet! We got a lot of questions like this:

“Did you stage your current home to sell it? I’d be interested to hear if you’ve made any small changes/put things in storage in order to make it seem less personal to potential buyers.”

“Would you be willing to share your For Sale flyer (obviously without any too-personal details like price and address)?

So here’s the little double sided flier we made in Photoshop (minus the address, price, and our contact info). Just click the image below to see it larger.

And here’s the back (again, just click it to see it bigger).

Turns out we’re not really staging rule followers in the traditional “neutralize and de-personalize” sense. The whole repaint-rooms-so-they’re-all-neutral-and-remove-all-personal-photos-from-the-wall approach isn’t really something we subscribe to since we sold our first house by owner without doing that, and it seemed to work out for us again this time around.

So when we were showing our house to potential buyers our frame hallway was still very much intact. We think it’s helpful to show off how cozy and personal a home can be. Chances are that it could “speak” to a prospective buyer more than a stark and stripped down house might anyway.

But that doesn’t mean we didn’t do anything at all before a showing. Instead of taking things away, we mostly focused on making things look their best. Here’s our list:

Most of those items just had to be done once before the first showing, and then keeping them up for the following ones wasn’t too bad. Sure, getting a toddler and a dog out of the house on time before each one was a little hectic, but we feel really lucky to have only had three showings this time around (we had 14 last time!). What do you guys do when your house is on the market? Any other tips for folks who are about to list?

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The Final Listy Rundown

Packing up our current house and new-house-floor-laying continues…

… but we didn’t want to scoot outta our beloved current house without one more updated Listy McListerson full of everything we’ve checked off and a few things we’d love to have done if we were staying here longer (those are bulleted at the bottom). #warningitslong

Just for fun, here’s the very first list that we shared for this house back in 2010. I love how plans seem to evolve as you live somewhere and figure out what we love/want as you go. It’s also really funny how quickly your eyes adjust and you forget what you started with, isn’t it? Seriously, a week after we knocked a big doorway between the dining room and the kitchen it felt like it had always been there.

- The Front Yard: Complete! -


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- The Front Porch: Complete! -

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- The Carport: Complete! -

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- The Living Room: Complete! -

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- The Office: Complete! -

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- The Hall Bathroom: Complete! -

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- The Big Hallway: Complete! -

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- The Small Hallway: Complete! -

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- The Dining Room: Complete! -


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- The Laundry Room: Complete! -

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- The Kitchen: Complete! -

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- The Playroom: Complete! -

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- Nursery: Complete! -

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- Clara’s Closet: Complete! -

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- The Sunroom: Complete! -

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- The Master Bedroom: Complete! -

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- The Master Sink Nook: Complete! -

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- The Master Bathroom: Complete! -

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- The Guest Bedroom: Complete! -

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- The Guest Bathroom: Complete! -

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- The Basement Workshop: Complete! -

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- The Side Lot: Complete! -

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- The Deck: Complete! -

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- The Patio: Complete! -

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- The Backyard: Complete! -

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It’s so much fun to look back at all the completed bullets and reminisce. We’re going to miss the heck outta this house. And since a home is never really done, we thought it would be fun to include some things that could have been exciting to do down the line if we had stayed…

Here’s hoping the next owners pick up where we left off and we can house crash them someday!

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