Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Staging the House to Sell

{Updated Family Room}

Things have been crazy over here because we have been preparing to move.  In addition to all the craziness of putting offers on a new house (we plan on building), we have been preparing our house to sell.  We have been getting rid of clutter and simplifying the decorations.  Our agent has told us that technically anything that is mounted on the walls stays with the house unless it is "excluded."  I want to keep all of the quilt racks that my husband has made for me, so those have been coming down and holes patched.  We have also taken down drapes which I will want to keep.

My home feels so much larger, brighter and more open without some of the quilts, but the biggest thing I have noticed is the noise.  My three active boys are loud and quilts absorb some of the noise.  With less quilts, the house echoes a lot more.

I thought it might be fun to share some of the before and after pictures of staging the house.  We'll start in the entryway.    We took down the quilt rack behind the door and patched the holes.

Entryway Before

Entryway After

In the living room we took down the drapes and simplified the pictures.

Living Room Before
Living Room After
In the kitchen, we cleared off the cabinets and counters.  We also took the display down that was on the pantry.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

We took down the quilt rack in the dining room.

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

In the upstairs hallway, we took the quilt down that was hanging above the stairs.

Hallway Before
Hallway After

In the master bedroom we took out the TV, the drapes, some pictures, and the quilt above the headboard.  We also put in a more neutral colored quilt which matched the wall color better.  (We never did get around to painting the walls after I made the Modern Farmer's Wife Quilt.)

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

In the family room, we took out the quilt ladder and the quilt cabinet.  But left in the quilt rack between the windows and little rack under the picture.

Family Room Before
Family Room After

Family Room Before
Family Room After

My craft room is very different.  We took down the cabinets, the quilt rack, and my design wall.  We also took out the cutting table and put the doors back on the closet.

Craft Room Before

Craft Room After
Craft Room Before
Craft Room After
The boys' bedrooms and the playroom didn't change very much.  We mostly cleaned off dressers and took down the drapes.  There is a lot more light in their rooms without the blackout curtains.  Here are the after pictures.

Panda's room

Monkey's Room

The good news is that our efforts have paid off.  We have received two offers on the house, and will be moving in with my parents before Christmas until our new house is finished (March or April).  Things will be different and blogging may become sporadic for awhile, but I am looking forward to new adventures.  (I'm especially looking forward to a new craft room over the garage and out of the basement!)

XX,
Jasmine

26 comments:

  1. I"ve had to stage a house to sell to and it is cleansing. I have to say though, that your quilts add the perfect warmth and touch of home though Jasmine. I'll be looking forward to how you use them to decorate your new home. I'm sure your house will sell quick...as it looks like a beautiful home.

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  2. Congratulations! You're house is beautiful. A new craft room is something exciting to look forward to. Yay! Have a great Thanksgiving.

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  3. Your house really cleaned up beautifully, and congratulations on such quick offers. I hope that even though the transition will be a lot of work, that it goes smoothly for you and your family and that your new home and sewing space are all you dream of. :)

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  4. Congrats on the quick sale of your house, and good luck with the building of the new one. I hope you'll soon be able to enjoy your new home and your craft room!

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  5. Its a bit different over here selling - the assumption is that everything is going! A new house for 2016 is really exciting and you have lovely things to put in it already!

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  6. What a fun tour of your house, especially all the quilts! I bet it is fun to plan where they will all go in the new space! And your new sewing room sounds wonderful!

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  7. How lucky to get two offers right away! I hope everything goes well for you and your family during this transition, a new house sounds very exciting!!

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  8. three things
    1. what pattern did you make the quilt from the stairs, now over the sofa?
    2. looking at your more neutral quilts, I realized I like them so I should use more neutrals next time
    3. quilts add so much to a home, it's so empty without them

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  9. Your house is beautiful, Jasmine. Your quilts make it warm and homey!!!

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  10. Okay, I understand why the quilts needed to come down - it really does make the space look bigger, but I ♥ your home much better with the quilts. It's all about making it H O M E. Keep us posted on your new house project!

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  11. OMG, that explains why you haven't been quilting and blogging as much!! Well I can say, that before I even got past the first couple pictures. I knew it wouldn't be on the market long-you have a beautiful home! Anxious to find out what kind you are building!! We built two homes and loved the process but it can be stressful too, it's a lot of pressure picking out everything, LOL I wish you all the best! And a good part of you living with your parents you still have acess to quilting,teehee.

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  12. Wow, you have been busy! I agree, your house is beautiful but I like it even more with all your quilts. Congrats on the offers - I hope all goes well and your house sells quickly. Good luck with the build - its a lot of work but will be soooo worth it in the end!

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  13. Thanks for the tour of your home. I like the "before" photos better but I understand the idea of staging a house. Congrats on the offers and entering a new stage in your lives. It will be busy but I hope very happy for you.

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  14. When you said you needed to remove clutter, I really wondered what that meant since your home was already relatively clutter-free. Wow, you really cleared out your cozy, personal touches! Obviously staging a home means making room for others to picture themselves putting their mark on it - and it seems your efforts are already paying off. Well done! Hope things proceed smoothly for you and your family as you transition into your new home. (How exciting for you!!!)

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  15. I had no idea how much work goes into staging a home for sale! I've only moved once and that was from my childhood home to where I am now! Looking forward to seeing your new home!

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  16. Wow! Looks great and I'm excited for the new place. Can't wait to see the new sewing area. That's some really hard work.

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  17. EEEP! Very happy for you Jasmine! Our kids were 10 and 12 when we built our first house, and it is quite an adventure. I wish you all the very best. btw, I prefer the look of your 'home' as opposed to the more sterile 'house' if you know what I mean. Still, the main thing is it clearly appealed to more than one person!

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  18. Wow! What a huge change! I hope everything goes well with selling and building. I'll be looking forward to seeing the new house :)

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  19. Lots of changes coming for you... I look forward to seeing your new space. I'm sure it will be wonderful!

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  20. How exciting! That's a lot of work in getting ready to sell. So happy for you and your family during this adventurous time.

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  21. I loved the tour and congrats on selling your home so quickly!

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  22. Happy to hear you had quick offers! Best of wishes on your new adventures :)

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  23. I know you have made your house ideal for prospective buyers Jasmine and it looks beautiful and oh so perfect. But you know what? This really shows me how much your quilts make a house a home!

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  24. Wow, it looks like a magazine page of photos, how did you get everyone to be so tidy? I hope you have a lovely Christmas and that the new build goes according to plan. A purpose built sewing room is what we all dream of!

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  25. Great news about the offers! I knew that curtains hanging during the showings had to stay, but I never connected that to wall quilts. Good to know! My husband and I are also building a house to be finished in the March time-frame. Spring will bring a lot to look forward to! :)

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  26. Sorry I am so behind in reading blogs! But congratulations on all of this! Having gone through this earlier in the year, I have some sense of the amount of work! Yikes! I have to say though that your home in the "before" pictures looked great! Not cluttered, no crazy colors, etc. What an exciting time for you!!

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