Ok, so this has to start with a huge disclaimer that the market was HOT when we sold, especially in our super affordable price range. That made all the difference. But that said I did watch other houses go on the market in our area and sit for much longer before selling.
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We decided in a VERY short amount of time to pack up our life in Indiana and move to Las Vegas! For a couple days we considered renting our home in Indiana but after thinking about it and just seeing how God was moving us to Vegas we decided to go ahead and sell. We met with our realtor and made a game plan of what needed to be done and when we would list and then we got to work! Here is room by room what we did (both what the realtor recommended and what we felt needed to be done).
WISH I WOULD HAVE: taken down our super funky (and amazing) West Elm light fixtureand put up something a little more basic, still stylish but not as much of a statement. I don’t think this would apply to a house that is truly mid century modern (or any distinct style) inside and out, but with ours being a more standard ranch a lot of the potential buyers weren’t particularly into mid century modern and I heard a lot that people didn’t love the light fixture. And it makes me kind of sad knowing that light fixture I love so much will probably get taken down and who knows where it will go – I could have kept it and used it in our new home or at least sold it for close to what I paid for it.
We sold the house in March, not the most beautiful time of year outdoors in Indiana. And other than replacing all the mulch with rocks and doing a little bit of landscaping over the years we didn’t do anything to the outside of our house to update it. Here are the few things I did do in the weeks leading up to selling!
I hope this helps! I hope to never re-live this experience. It was super hard being the solo full-time parent (Kyle moved to Vegas in mid-February and I was in Indiana with the kids through the beginning of April) while getting our house ready to sell, the showing process, etc… BUT I am SO glad all our hard work paid off and we only had to do two days of showings and we had two over asking price offers to choose from!