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Lake Jackson Listing | Killer b. Designs



Lake Jackson Listing

It’s been over three months since we signed the paperwork to build our new home, and we’re thisclose to finally getting started. It’s crazy how that works, isn’t it? With our build on the horizon, we called in a realtor to come take a look at our current home tonight and get our listing together. Since I’m paranoid she’s going to show up with a point-and-shoot, I took a bunch of photos of the place with all our finished projects. So of course I’m going to share with you guys! Please feel free to give me tips and pointers on how to make my home show better. If there’s something you love/hate to see when you’re house hunting, I want to know about it!

Here’s the breakdown:
• Lot size: 8,390 sqft
• Heating: Electric
• Exterior: Brick veneer
• Fireplace
• 2 bed/2 br
• Built in 1984
• Parking: 1 space
• 1730 sqft
• A/C: Central

Let’s jump in when you walk through the front door…

Our entryway is painted in Olympic’s “Blue Lava” to give it a little definition and interest.

I’m worried the realtor will tell us to nix the personal photos on the walls. I might cry, since Tricoast’s newborn prints are my favorites of all time and really show off these vaulted ceilings. I may cover them up with pretty fabric or something instead, and hang photos of flowers or something below. What would you do here?

I’m hoping the painted fireplace goes over well. I left out two of Charlie’s toys since they block the plug to our power strip for the tv/cable/dvd. If they’re not there she pulls it out and we have to re-program all our channels! The rest of her toys are easily stashed inside the trundle coffee table.

I think the dining room shows well with the Blue Lava accent wall. Though again, dreading photo removal. I’ve been taking photos of the town just in case I have to replace our wedding pictures.

Our jazzy kitchen. This is the one room I didn’t touch. Locals seem to like wood cabinets, so I’m glad I didn’t get around to painting them!

Keeping the kitchen clean is going to be the toughest part of the listing process. Typically I have a bottle drying rack and mat by the sink. Though with C reaching a year we’re trying to move toward sippy cups. The sink stays rather full though, so I see a lot of dishes in my future :(

The tile frame is also going to be hit or miss. Luckily it’s super easy to scrape off if it’s not received well.

Charlie’s room is my favorite, but the color is rather intense. I know the selling shows stress neutral paint. I would be very sad to have to paint her room, but if that’s what it takes to sell, I’ll sadly do it!

The master bedroom is looking loads better, and will hopefully impress with the new laminate flooring.

Our bathroom is nothing spectacular, but it’s bright and there’s a large jet tub in there. It’s just too tight of a space to photograph.

I’m hoping the laundry room is a hit. The good thing is: it’s large, has nice tile flooring, and is inside the house. Plus it looks a lot better in person. It’s too dark to photograph very well, so the colors look really vibrant in photos. They mesh a lot better in real life.

Here’s the man cave, aka our weakest room. My husband loves the orange, but it’s very bright. This may need to be repainted. Luckily this is southern Texas and nobody is going to think it’s odd that there are dead animals everywhere. We’ve fit a good sized desk, a twin bed, and have that nifty bookcase closet in the corner. So hopefully people will see this as an asset instead of being sad half of the garage is missing. It looks a lot nicer with that laminate floor we salvaged (for FREE!) from neighbors. It’s actually more expensive flooring than what we have in our master bedroom!

Our patio isn’t too shabby, though hubs needs to mow the grass and we need to do a little mulching in the flower area. The rest of the yard looks pretty much the same as when we moved in over a year ago. It’s large and shaded, with an 8×8 shed to store lawn stuff. That helps since the garage is lacking one space.

So what do you think? Any tips or critiques?

[important]Edit: We’re under contract![/important] Less than 24 hours of our listing going up, we had a showing, an offer, and now a contract. Fingers crossed it all goes well and we close on the 28th of September!



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  1. kezia

    Unfortunately, it’s the pics. The three big ones in the living room aren’t bad,but the strip of them underneath is overkill. They make your eye stop short instead of following up to see the lovely height of your walls. Blue wall in dining area – ditto. One larger thing centered would be better. Cow et al over windows. Three small ones over bed. For someone looking all those pictures are distracting. Charlie’s room and the orange room are nice. You’ve done a great job cleaning and decluttering. Neutrals may be “in” but sometimes it’s that pop of color that makes a prospective buyer remember your house. I know of one couple who showed their pink house,and at a realtor’s advice painted it white. The buyers remembered the pink and wanted to buy “the pink house” – they had to repaint it,lol. Good work! and good luch!

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      Thank you so much Kezia! You’re thinking remove the wood strip entirely? And I’d be much, MUCH happier with taking down my gallery and replacing it with one piece of art over switching out all those photos inside the frames. Ditto the cows, and since the frame to the left is our marriage license, I’ll probably nix that too. I just want to still live in a “home” and not a house, if that makes sense. I appreciate your input!

  2. Kezia

    Entire wood strip,yes,because that’s where your eye hangs up. Maybe you could use the cows on the blue dining room wall instead of having to get something else. Seems it’s about the right size. Also – for what it’s worth,your huge windows would be a selling point if I was a buyer.

    1. I like the way you think! It would be so easy to move those over. Seriously, I have the best commenters ever! You’re all such a big help

  3. Breezy

    I think your house will show great! I agree with your feeling about the hall hangings but I don’t think that will kill the showing if you decide to leave them up. Charlie’s room is great and I’d leave the paint for now. You have done a great job with the house and I think buyers will be receptive! We just bought a home in Houston and none of the ones we looked at we’re staged as well as yours. :-)

    1. Thank you girl! I get nervous because the home was on the market for over 9 months when we bought it, and they were desperate to sell. I’m really hoping that’s not what’s in store for us.

  4. Allie

    Most of the time I don’t think wall color is a dealbreaker like you’re worried about. The house we live in now, when we were looking to buy every room in the house was painted a different color — blue, green, yellow, mint, sometimes multiple colors in one room! — but that didn’t stop us from buying! I think as long as you’ve got it decorated so it’s all cohesive (and unfortunately, with not too many personal touches), they’ll be able to see themselves living there even if it’s not their personal taste.

    1. I think my color worries stem from watching way too many House Hunters episodes. The couples are constantly whining about paint colors, and all I can think is, “That’s such an easy change!” But still they complain. Hopefully the average buyer is a lot smarter than their tv counterparts

  5. loveandrenovations

    I think it looks great! I wouldn’t worry too much about the wall color, but I’d definitely remove the personal photos – I love the idea of moving the cow one into the dining room – quick and easy! :)

    1. Thanks Amanda!

  6. steph

    I wouldn’t worry about wall color either – and agree with previous comments about streamlining pictures. For some reason the tiny artwork above your big bed in the bedroom really distracts my eye – but it might be nitpicky. Make sure all the windows are open during showings so the light can come in!

    1. Since you’re the second one to mention that, I’ll take it down. I get so weird about naked walls, like I need to fill them all up! This is why I’m more of a builder than a designer 😉

  7. Tammy Killough

    I personally think your house is wonderful! The only thing I would suggest…is some big bright colored flowers out front. Curb appeal is EVERYTHING!!! Your house is sharp…well maintained and well groomed! As far a the photographs go…they’re beautiful…but your real estate agent is suggesting that because other folks have a VERY hard time picturing themselves in a home that looks like it belongs to someone else. Photographs of people….just remind them…that your house… YOUR house. It’s all a mind game when selling a house. Stage it romantically and the “dream” lifestyle that the lake provides….they need to be able to “imagine” the perfect life there! I’m not an expert…but my husband and I have bought and sold houses the whole twenty three years we’ve been married…and my houses…even in the worst economy….have NEVER taken more than three weeks to sell.

    1. Wow, that is incredibly impressive! I’m kind of hoping it takes longer than 3 weeks, since that’s about the timeline we’ll be starting to build the new house.

      I think I’ll get started on taking down personal photos today. But I’m leaving up the big 3 in the living room, if it looks like it’s an issue I’ll get some fabric to wrap over them!

  8. Shay-Shay

    First of your house is BEAUTIFUL! The only changes I would make would be to add flowers to the front for a cheery entry, to add some flowers to the back where your patio chairs are, and to add some more pops of colors to your master bath. The only thing I really can see in there that pops of color is your toothbrush and you don’t want buyers to be thinking about that while in there.

    1. Hahaha, good point! I should probably just stash those in a drawer. Maybe a pretty candle or something? I don’t like plants/flowers in a bathroom because of mold and mildew.

  9. Kristen

    We just listed our house last night! So scary/exciting/ohmygoshIhavetokeepthisplaceclean.

    Our relator said that people can normally look past photos of babies or wedding photos but can be distracted by photos of vacations or things like that. She said someone might stop and try to see where you went skiing or admire your boat, ect.

    Your house looks great!

  10. Amy

    I would find a place to tuck away your laundry basket that is completely out of sight. Particulary for photos, I would not have it viewable. Or consider picking up an inexpensive hamper that would fit in the space.

    I agree with the comments at the photos.

    In the master bath, I would consider a point of interest on the counter. I think you already mentioned putting away the toothbrushes and adding a candle. When I was listing my last home, I picked up some really inexpensive premade floral arrangements from Michaels (50% off) that I added to my bathroom and dining room table. I think I spent less than $20 on two.

    Good Luck and I hope the sale happens in the timeframe you want.

  11. Amanda

    Your house looks great! I actually really like your gallery wall in the kitchen. The frames pop on the blue wall and the whole gallery arrangement is really popular right now, some i wouldn’t worry about the personal pics there. I would suggest covering the big photos in the main room up with fabric, like you suggested. We just bought and sold a house in Texas and when we were house hunting, I found myself being kinda creeped out when I saw big photos of the original owners. it’s hard to distance yourself from them when you see something so large. I didn’t want to live in a house that I could so vividly picture the prior owners in, if that makes sense. Your master looks awesome! Our house sold in 11 days, right during the holidays. We took out a lot of the clutter, decor, knick knacks, etc. and if we got a short enough notice that someone was coming to look at it, i’d light a candle right before we left. Turn on lamps, make it feel cozy, etc. oh and we had lots of colored walls, including a (darker) orange one. Our realtor described them as “designer paint colors” in our listing. Good luck!!

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