It’s that time of year again.  House selling season.

I’m not a realtor, but I do know a few things about real estate.  And I know that the Spring is a hot time to list a house.

School is almost out for summer, so people are on the hunt to make their moves without disrupting life too much.

When we decided to put our house on the market last April, I thought it might sell quickly, but I had no idea that it would sell in only one day!

We showed it twice the first morning and the first person to see it placed an offer that day.  Of course, we accepted.

Toting around two kids and two dogs (with one boarded at the vet) during showings was NOT going to be an easy venture for us, so it worked out well.

Below are some quick tips that helped our house sell in 1 day!

Before putting your house on the market:

  • Enhance the curb appeal.

    We didn’t go out and buy any new plants (though you could, if it’s in your budget).  We just worked with what we already had.

    We trimmed trees and bushes and made sure we mowed our lawn before our real estate agent took pictures.

    We cleaned up any debris outside (kids’ toys included) and either threw it away or organized it in the garage.

  • Complete any lingering projects and updates that enhance the aesthetics of your home.

    We had some siding on the back porch that really needed some attention.  So, we busted out the paint and paint brushes and got to work.

    A fresh coat of paint makes all the difference in the world.

    We also repainted the kitchen cabinets since they were  dirty and stained from food and little hands.

    Some people choose to repaint their entire home before putting it on the market.  Though I’m sure that makes a humongous difference, painting our whole house wasn’t in our time budget, so we focused on the areas that were obviously  due for a  repaint.

    One lingering update that I desperately wanted to finish before our realtor took pictures was our dining table.  It was an outdated wood finish and I wanted to give it a more chic and current look.So, I forked over my life savings, bought chalk paint and got the job done!

From drab…

…to fab!


  • Store personal items.

    We took down all of our pictures of our family and just left very basic decor out.I have always heard that people want to envision themselves as the owner of your home, not see pictures of you and your family everywhere.  I would have to say it’s a great tip!

  • Declutter your home.

    This was a huge one for us.   Between the addition of 2 kids and us living in our home for almost 8 years, we had accumulated a TON of stuff.I started with toys and stored some, while leaving the others in an organized fashion.  Then I moved onto the closets.  I stored clothes and shoes that were out of season and made sure the closets weren’t overflowing with belongings, should they be opened.

    We also decluttered counter surfaces.  We left a very minimal amount of things on the counter tops.

    Not only does that make it look cleaner and bigger, but it also makes getting ready for showings MUCH easier.

  • Stage your home.

    I don’t mean you have to have someone come in and stage your home, but you do want to make it look livable and uncluttered.

    You don’t have to spend a fortune on new items.  Even just rearranging some items from the counter to the fireplace mantle can make a huge difference.

    I took 2 old stools we had out in the garage and made an adorable set of night stands for our bedroom.

    My husband wasn’t thrilled with his tiny space, but it wasn’t forever. It really added to the tiny master bedroom, without taking up too much room.

    Stool turned night stand.

On the Days of Showings:

  • Open all window blinds/curtains.  

    We even went to far as to completely remove a shutter we had on one of our large windows.  It blocked a lot of sunlight, and we wanted the space to look bigger and brighter.  It made a huge difference in our kitchen and I wish we had taken it off sooner!

  • Air out your home.

    I absolutely do not advocate for plug-ins or air fresheners.  But I do like a fresh smell!

    We made sure our house smelled fresh by diffusing essential oils before we left.

    Vanilla is a pretty universal smell that people seem to like.

    But, don’t overdo it.  And don’t mask a smell that needs to be taken care of, like a dirty cat litter box.

  • Complete basic chores:

    ~make the beds

    ~wash dishes and make sure none are left in the sink

    ~collect all dirty laundry… throw it all in the washer/dryer if need be, just for storage

    ~clean off counter tops

    ~clean bathrooms

    ~sweep and wash floors

    ~clean any hot spots that are looking shabby (patio doors with tiny hand prints)

  • Remove animals from property.

    We took our dogs with us for our showings.  Our realtor strongly suggested removing them from the property so they didn’t scare our possible home buyers.

    If it’s not feasible to take pets along, make sure that they are kenneled and that their space is clean.  Nothing is a bigger turn off for a buyer than an animal smell in a home.


Selling a house is A LOT of work, especially if you have kids.  But, with hard work and attention to detail, it pays off in the end!

Have fun and enjoy the journey!

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