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
• 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…
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!