Monday, August 1, 2016

You Might Not Have Expected This


 I hope I'm not jinxing us by spilling the beans but we are putting our house on the market!

Why? It's too big and not big enough.
We want more ground and less house. 


More places to plant flowers and less places to dust.
More outside and less inside.

I know...you're saying, "What about that pond?"
That pond will be the hardest part to leave if we do get to move.
We will build another one.



And so we've been cleaning and decluttering for days. 
Today my husband said it's like getting ready for a party only the guests don't come.



In this process I've learned something, I need to stop buying so much! 
We have decorative items in the cabinets and closets that never see the light of day because my favorite things rule here and I don't change them out that often.  Do you do that?

 
I'll be sharing this process as it proceeds. I'd love for you to follow along on Instagram where I've already shown a peek of what's to come. :)
I'm asking for you to please cross your fingers and say a little prayer that our house sells.


So please tell me, what is your best tip for selling a house?

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58 comments:

Shelia said...

HI Stacey! Oh, surprise! I do understand and I wish you the best on selling your house. If it's meant to be it will happen and your house is so beautiful and I'm sure someone will snatch it up soon! I'm not on Instagram (I don't quite understand it or have I tried to) but I'll try to go over to yours. You know I'm always on your side!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm wishing you the very best. I love to house hunt but putting your own house on the market is a lot of work. I know you'll have lots of people that will fall in love with your house though. What an adventure you have ahead of you! Hugs!

Simply LKJ said...

No, didn't see that one coming. But, totally understand. You have a lovely home, and I am sure it will sell quickly. In the past few years I have found myself truly scrutinizing what I bring in our home. I have learned to mix things up with what I already own for a new look.

chateau chic said...

I don't know what the housing market is like where you live, but I know your home will show beautifully which is a huge asset when it comes to selling. Looking forward to joining in on this journey as you keep us posted along the way.
Mary Alice

Jeanie said...

Oh, I know exactly what you mean when you say you have to stop buying so much! The thought of packing makes me crazy! But from the photos you've shown in the past, I'm sure that you will have no shortage of offers! Good luck!

Sandy said...

How exciting! Hope everything goes smoothly. I am one of those who the "favorite things" rule. I also need to stop buying. The fall stuff is out and it makes you want to shop, but the truth is I have enough fall stuff to decorate two homes. Last year, I gave my daughter quite a bit of Christmas stuff for her house and still had plenty left in the closets.
Can't wait to hear more.

Brandi said...

Oh wow, I wasn't expecting that! Such an exciting time for your family. I hope your house sells fast so you can begin building your dream home!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I am sure it will sell in a heartbeat. So pretty. I know what you are going through. We are doing the same. Finding the right house is no breeze, so good luck.

Kim said...

Fingers crossed...I am so excited for you!! I am also totally with you! Small house, big yard....lovely. I hope your home sells super fast (it's gorgeous, I am sure it will) and you can move on to your dream home! Can't wait to watch the process unfold.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

How exciting! I just joined you on Instagram!

Andrea Nine said...

Totally get it!! Gonna sale in a quick minute, wait til they see that beautiful pond!!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

We are going through the same thing, so I know exactly where you are coming from! Best of luck with you sale!

Eilis said...

How exciting! I do want to hear that you are not moving too far though!

Lisa said...

I totally understand. You buy a dream house only to discover that your dreams have changed. I'm so sure your house will sell quickly and you will be on to your next adventure!
PS I tend not to change things around much either.

Kailani said...

If you haven't read Marie Kondo's book "The Art of Decluttering", I highly recommend it. It's a very quick read, and even though she's a little 'whacked' about it, many great nuggets in there that will stick with you. It certainly has helped me a lot, and kept my buying of doo dads to a minimum since I read it. ;)

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How exciting, Stacey! I'm sure your home will sell quickly! After 5 corporate moves, I feel you...you don't realize how many things you accumulate, until it's time to pack it all up! I know your new place will be awesome with lots of land!

taylorlisa said...

I know exactly what you mean. We want more space and less to clean up too. A place for a shop and room to spread out with dogs and such. As soon as our oldest graduates high school, we are headed to greener pastures.
I hope you are ready because houses around here have been selling in about a week or two.

Lisa

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I am surprised but wish you the very best and I am looking forward to following along on the journey!

Cozy Little House said...

Do you have an idea where you want to move? Yes, it will be hard to leave that pond! I've been steadily purging my accessories so that there is room in here!
Brenda

The Gathering Place said...

My sister is doing the same thing, only they are moving to a beautiful lake. It was a sudden decision, too. I'm sure your home will sell because it has so much curb appeal. Good luck!

Summer said...

All the best with selling your house ♥

summerdaisy.net

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Good luck with your house sale, Stacy! I think you have a good plan. When we moved out of our house in New York to move west to Colorado 3 years ago I had to really pare down on things we accumulated, especially books. I've been trying hard since not to recollect as much.

I'm now following you on instagram! Love your profile photo there!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

Declutter and make sure everything is super clean/repaired. That's what my stager friend tells me.
Best of luck! We'll be doing the same in the next year. I hope you can find what you want. (love all your pretty photos!)
hugs,
Cecilia

Happy@Home said...

Nope, wasn't expecting that at all. However, I don't think you will have any trouble selling your beautiful house. I must admit my first thought was about the pond. :).

Carole West said...

Well congrats!!
The declutter it's fun isn't it?? You just have to learn to smile and wave at all that stuff. I'm still cleaning out because the more I get rid of the less I want. Looking forward to hearing more!!

Carole @ Garden Up Green

Stacy Grinsfelder said...

Good luck, Stacey! I hope you find just the right buyers.

Stacy @ Blake Hill House

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Praying for you as you begin this journey selling your home and finding a new one! I can identify! We're very seriously considering putting our house up for sale this fall. We'd like to "get out of the city," and downsize to a more space efficient home on the farm. (Which would also be 30 minutes closer to work!) Our home is relatively large, but with lots of wasted space and potential. I started purging closets and such a few weeks ago. It's amazing what you can accumulate... been like Christmas finding things I'd long forgotten! ha! ...which means I didn't need them in the first place! Your beautiful home will be a treasure for a new family! ...I bet it won't be on the market long! :) ~Rhonda

Katie Mansfield said...

I hear you. I'd have a hard time with it though. We need less bedrooms but more room in the dining room. I can't wait to hear all about the process and I hope it sells quickly.
Katie

Botanic Bleu said...

Hi, Stacey,
You are right. I did not expect this so soon after building your beautiful pond. The realtor who sold Mother's house for us went through the house with us and made suggestions about what to do. Mother's house sold in under 3 months in a very small town which tells me the realtor knows her job. We moved a lot of furniture and personal items into a detached garage. The realtor said houses that are empty sell really well also. Who would have thought that?

Good luck. Hope your house sells quickly and that you find a new house quickly also.

Judith

Silvana Joanne said...

So exciting!! Can't wait to see the new home and all the beautiful things you will create! Best of luck to you :-)

Ann said...

I certainly can relate. I have been cleaning-out and purging. I've come to realize that it's just "stuff" and how much can you possobly need? Best of luck with the sale of your house!
Ann
https://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/

Junkchiccottage said...

Stacey,
Your home will sell. It is so sweet and gorgeous and the pond will be a real selling point too. I learned when we sold our home that it just takes the right buyer to come along. Just like when you bought your home you knew when you stepped inside this is home. That will happen with the right buyer. Sometimes that buyer comes quickly and other times you have to be patient. Our buyer came in the middle of the harsh winter in Chicago so go figure when houses really are not selling. So go figure. Good luck.
Hugs,
Kris

Rita C. said...

How nerve-wracking and exciting, all at the same time! I think your husband said it all in terms of what it takes to get ready. Another thing I read, which is a no brainer but still profound, "when you move you touch every single thing you own at least once". Countdown.
I don't have anything to offer in terms of best tips, but you can bet I'll be all eyes and ears on the subject. I've watched a few other bloggers go through this process, and I think each of them rented storage units for the transition.
I'm like you, and especially since I buy for resale....have a lot in storage, and don't rotate as often as I might like to, but getting it all organized a few years ago in my basement really helped. It's what I've bought since then....lol.
Congratulations!
Rita

Kathleen Grace said...

I have to admit, when I first saw on Instagram that you were planning to sell the house, my first thought was but... the pond! Lol. Of course you can replace it somewhere new. I don't have any moving tips, although I have to agree with you, I have decorative items tucked everywhere and some (a lot!) of them have to go. They can pile up over the years until you don't know what to do with everything. Good luck with selling, your home is so beautiful, I'm sure you'll sell it quickly!

The French Hutch said...

Hi Stacy, Oh I know exactly how you feel! Yes, I have things that don't see the light of day and I am trying to do something about it. Selling on ebay, sharing things with family and friends and donating to good will. I think you've hit on what to do to ready your house for selling, getting clutter organized it the #1 thing to do. Our son's family just went through this and had to rent storage to store their clutter. Good luck!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

God's blessings on you as you prepare your current house for sale. May you find the right replacement for your family to grow and enjoy life more in soon.

FlowerLady

Tammy Lagaly said...

Stacey,
I have to admit that the first thing I thought was "what about your beautiful pond?", but we have built two also. Things are just things. It's all about family, and what works best for them. I think we are in about the same place in life. We have been talking about less house, more yard, more space to build and work on projects. I will be praying that you find the perfect place for you and your family!!!

Tammy


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello Stacey....sometimes change is necessary. I am sure you will have a pond on your new property. Decluttering always is a must and neutral colors throughout the home. A pretty entry to grab buyer's first impression. I do understand about quit buying more....LOL Good luck with the sale and new venture. xo

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so exciting! I know how much you enjoy being outdoors. Are you staying in the area?

We've lived in the same house for 30 years---I can't imagine what it would be like to pack up, especially our basement! Ugh...

Best wishes!

Jane

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I was totally surprised when I saw this on IG! The first thing I thought of was that pretty pond. :) I totally get how you want more land and less house. It just makes sense. My biggest tip for selling quickly would be to have as few items as possible on counters, tables, etc. It makes everything look more spacious and the potential buyers can more easily picture their own personal items in the spaces. Good luck!!!

Creations By Cindy said...

Stacey, I am wishing you the very best of what this new journey holds for you. I don't know much but I know that our Lord has a plan for your life and that includes the buyers of your beautiful home. Praying that doors will open. Can't wait to see what this journey holds for you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

thepaintedapron.com said...

Very exciting Stacey! It will be fun to follow along as you make this change. I've heard that baking cookies right before a showing has a great effect on potential buyers :)
Jenna

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, I am so excited for you! We love the fact that we have 18 acres of land and our house is a manageable size! Wishing you the best, sweet one! Pam @ Everyday Living

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I think it is fun to be looking for your perfect house. I always envy the people on the HGTV shows when they get to look at so many houses to try and make them their own. My husband keeps saying he wants to downsize but I have too much hidden stuff to clean out!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, Oh I understand this too well. Congrats on the decision to sell your house. I know it can be bittersweet but your home is gorgeous I know it will sell quick. The pond is such a nice selling plus even though I know you will miss it. I see another in your future new home.
I've moved so many times and the best thing I can share I'm sure you already know like staging, de-cluttering, leaving all the lights on, light music in the background, cookies on the counter, and provide paperwork on the counter for any new elements you've added. You know the booklets and such you get with replacements that you plan to leave.
So excited for you. Thanks for taking us along on your journey. Be prepared to move quick, it's a sellers market here at the moment!! Hugs

Pam @ Biscuits & Burlap said...

Stacey, This is an exciting time. I know, because I just went through it myself. Hard work, but exciting. Prayers going up for a quick sale for you!

Bonnie said...

Oh, Stacey, I envy your energy. I hope your house sells quickly for you. Do you have a place in mind to move to?

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Stacey, how wonderful to do what you really want. Yes,I have things that I have stashed away, too, and don't use. You'll feel so much better with all that decluttering. Yes, you'll build another pond, but I'll bet the one you have will sell the house. What's my best tip for selling...bake something that makes your house smell delicious. When we sold our house in Plano, I had made a dessert that was cooling and the buyer said that that sold him on our house. Funny, huh? However, maybe that smell conjured up HOME!

Patricia Krank said...

The first thought I had when I saw this on IG yesterday was, "What about the pond?" This is the second pond you've built isn't it? THAT is going to be a huge selling point for people who enjoy outdoor space! In fact, we saw our screened porch before the inside of our current house and said, "Sold!"
Best tip: You are already doing it, and that is de-cluttering. My friend Leslie over at Goodbye House Hello Home is a stager and has lots of pictures of the homes she has staged. They normally sell within the first three days so you might want to check her out on IG if you haven't already found each other. She is a lovely and loving Southern gal like you.
Praying for a quick and easy sale girlfriend.
Hugs,
Patti

Monica T. said...

Good Luck with the sale of your home and your new journey!

Sue said...

I did see this on Instagram, and am excited to watch the fun. We go round and round about moving, I know we should, but we aren't really sure where we would go! Are you staying in your area? My house is large and I am tired of taking care of so much stuff! I haven't really changed my decor in 10 years, and really have no big desire to do so. We have the lake house now, and that has plenty of land, so we really should move to a condo or something. But, the work to move just kind of paralyzes us. So I'll watch you instead! Good luck!

Mary Keels said...

Oh girl, I am sure your house will sell quick. Your home always seems so clean that it's hard to imagine you have too much stuff. I on the other hand have so much I am ready to purge! We think of downsizing so often! I want a house without stairs everywhere. I have to go upstairs to get in and out of my house and my sewing room is upstairs too. My biggest obstacles are location we need/absolutely want to be near our boat and I don't want to give up the pool. So if the right house comes along then maybe. I am always watching real estate. I love the hunt! I am excited for you and can't wait to follow along!

Terri Steffes said...

Exciting times! Looking forward to your next adventure!

Sarah said...

Stacey, we went through this process a year ago, then took our house off the market after a month because something came up with the townhouse we had planned to buy. It's a whole lot of work! I got rid of many things, but I also packed up and stored a great deal. Now I'm slowly bring things back into the house for better or worse. Still letting go, but not as freely as I should. I understand about wanting less house. Fortunately we live in a small home. At times I wish we had less outdoor space. It's a lot to keep up with, especially in this TX heat. Good luck with the sale. ;-)

Kelly said...

That's so exciting! I hope that your house will sell quickly. My best advice for a quick sale is to list it in the Spring. However, I'm assuming that you want to move sooner than that. It may sit on the market longer, but still sell. Spring is the optimum time in my area. We had a realtor come out and look at our house to give us some tips before we list ours. He said to make sure that things that are broken are fixed (such as roof leaks etc.) Usually, you can gauge how fast your house will sell by how the market is in your area. Good luck!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

You have such a beautiful house Stacey. I'm sure you will make the new one just as cozy and beautiful and put your special stamp on it.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin from The Dedicated House said...

Stacey, this is so exciting! I'm so happy for you. Wish I could house hunt with you. It's one of my favorite things to do!! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/08/sunday-showcase-make-pretty-monday-6-13.html Have a lovely rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my Stacey...I missed this post....good luck on the sale!...I can relate to wanting the smaller house!