I love this time of year. When winter fades and you remember what it feels like to feel warmth upon you once more. There is such beauty in the blooming and all things coming alive once again. As a realtor, I love it all the more.
Each day seems to bring more joy and energy and more clients looking to discover their next home chapter and I am more than happy to help them with it.
And my newest clients selling their home just happen to be my parents and it is my childhood home that we are working together in selling. It has put the process in an entirely different lens for me. It is emotional and challenging and exciting all at once. For all of us. And it has shifted my perspective to just how much it all can feel.
So, I gathered some tips to keep in mind when selling your home:
1. Program your agents phone number into your phone. You will now speak to him or her as much as the people that live with you so make sure that you truly like (or love) the other person on the end of that line.
2. Stock up on tissues. It is okay if this process is an emotional one. It is okay if it isn’t for you but it is for the people you love. Have the tissues on hand for anyone who may need them. Bonus: they also work in a bind to wrap small items for packing.
3. Boxes, take out menus and strong people with good backs and pickup trucks are now your best friends. Use wisely and often. It is a smart move to increase your inventory on them before there is ever a for sale sign in your yard.
4. Patch the holes. Literally. Figuratively. Your actual walls and the wall built between neighbors and friends. The time is now to patch and move forward.
5. Know when to listen and know who to ignore. Listen to your agent, your stager and your painter- everyone who is going to help you sell your home in the fastest and smoothest way possible for the most money. Please ignore the outside opinions of those who are negative or that tell you to keep your kitchen walls orange. Especially if they don’t have a pickup truck you can borrow.
6. Let your family do some inventory. Decluttering is queen in the prepping your home for market process. But before you get too deep into letting it all go, invite your kids and grandkids in to take a look around. It is a beautiful thing to see what is beautiful in someone else’s eyes. Small crystal dishes are magic to my kids. My sister wants the china that belonged to our grandmother. My oldest brother claimed the large dining room table large enough to hold us all, even the twelve grandkids, some now taller than the adults. My other brother lives in South Korea so hopefully he wants something small and easy to ship. And I wanted the stained and tattered red and white checkered cookbook that was a staple of our childhood. It has a burn marking on its back cover from being left on a cooktop for a moment too long but a moment too short from becoming ash. I saw it as a constant on our countertop as a kid, worn pages, notes in the margins, a place where pancakes and beef stroganoff and strawberry shortcake all began in a time before the internet held the worlds five star recipes. This was homemade. A simpler time. Something that would not have any value to someone at a yard sale. But has priceless meaning to me.
7. Now you declutter. The most common denominator that we see in homes for listing and staging appointments is that there is just simply too much stuff. So much furniture, papers, clothing, sentimental items, things people don’t want to let go of because they were gifts from others even though they might not even like the items. Ask yourself if it is beautiful or functional and if it is not, say goodbye. Remember you are trying to appeal to the most buyers that you can and you do that by creating a space that they can picture themselves in, not one overflowing with someone else’s life in objects. Marie Kondo like you have never tidied up before. Let it go. And then you add some Ariana Grande. Thank you, next.
Above all else, try to keep your eye on the prize: your next chapter awaits. So, have fun with the process. It will all get you closer to where your future holds and the space that your next memories will carry. I wish you all the best, you deserve to live in a space that brings you joy. And if anyone is looking for a picturesque 5-bedroom home with water access that now has one less cookbook on its shelves, give me a call.
Katie has a new book out that is a collection of quotes and mic drops to embrace your inner warrior. “Girl Power” is available now on Amazon and is the perfect gift for all the warriors in your world. You can find out more details and book signing info on her instagram @katieyackleymoore. Endless thanks for reading. Xo
Katie Yackley Moore is a freelance writer, real estate agent, yoga instructor and a momma of four navigating life and a separation and finding herself in the process. She adores coffee shops, laughing until it hurts and impromptu dance parties. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and HuffPost Parents. She has published a journal entitled “Dream a Bigger Dream” and the children’s books “You Are a Warrior” and “We are Family” and just finished her first novel. Catch up with her between tea breaks at The Naked Mommaand on Facebook.