This is the general overview of how to stage a home. Check out this post if you’re looking for a detailed step-by-step list of how to stage your house to sell.
Hide the ugly.
Let’s be honest. Life isn’t always magazine-worthy, but deep down in there, don’t we all dream of living a mess-free clutter-less life with zero maintenance issues? That ideal is part of what you are selling to potential buyers. “Living here is a breeze. Look, I don’t even have trash.” Yep, you read that right. I even hide the trash can. I also use decor items as an opportunity to hide the imperfections in our home that give it it’s…uhum…character.
Take my steps, for example. (Pardon the hazy photo.)
You think these plants are merely decorative? Think again. The bottom step needs replacing soon. The watering can takes the attention away from where a sliver of a step came off. And that stately boxwood at the top is cleverly (sort-of) concealing a hole we patched in the wall. Tread carefully here, though. You don’t want to draw attention to the flaws. Just pull some of the attention away from the mundane and make the potential buyers’ senses come alive.
If you’re ready for even more step by step help, check out this post for a list of steps to stage your house to sell.
Ask a pro (or at least a friend).
If you’ve already given staging your house a try, but you still aren’t sure if you’re doing the right things and just need a second opinion, I totally get it. Sometimes it helps a ton to have an outside perspective, especially in a house. You have a tendency to see the day-to-day messes, while an outsider will have an overall perspective.
By the second house I staged in a year, I had the listing process down to a science. Similar to the rules of home decor, there are rules to home staging. I understand the rules and can help you sell your house in no time.
For this month only, I am opening a few free mini home staging consultations! I am offering a free mini-consultation (worth $149) to give you custom advice on what to do with your home.
You can send me up to 5 pictures of what your house looks like now, and I will respond back with a list of items you can do in each room to get it listing-ready. Think action items like “Declutter desk” “Hide/remove toilet bowl brush” and “Move sofa to “x” location.” You’ll get steps you can actually take to get your home show-ready in no time with no guesswork involved.
To reserve a free mini-consultation, you just need to hit this box and drop in your email address to claim your spot. You’ll hear back from me soon with our next steps so that we can get you the feedback you’ve been needing.
So, if your house is currently on the market (or you wish it was), this time next week you could be preparing for appraisals, inspections, and closings. Or you could be wishing that you knew what to do to get your house show-ready before it hit the market three weeks ago.
Which one do you want to be?
I think I know the answer.
I’ve been there. Let me help you.
Today was a bittersweet day for us. Our house was remediated yesterday. The crew was really sweet. They made our (sheetless) beds, cleaned our rooms up, and even fixed some things that were broken around our house. But that kind of work doesn’t come without a price.
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A hefty price, at that. It actually broke our hearts to have some of our worst fears confirmed a few months ago. We spent 5 months pouring love into (renovating) this house and got to spend only 2 sick months in it before we moved out “just to see” if the house was making us sick. Suspicions confirmed.
Sometimes life gives you lemons and you’ve just got to put on your big girl panties and deal with the bitterness. But, the good news is that if you can find some sugar and water, you can come out with lemonade.
Our lemonade comes in the form of credit cards. For our Dave Ramsey family, this is taboo, but it’s the silver lining for us at the moment. Yes, this house put us in serious debt. I wouldn’t recommend it. But, I would sometimes recommend using stellar credit to your advantage. Here’s how we did it.
Right now (and often), Southwest and Chase are offering their Southwest Premier card with 50,000 bonus points. And the Rapid Rewards program is awesome. We used it for our 5 year anniversary to upgrade our wedding rings and I wear the bonus from that credit card on my finger every day. Real diamonds and gold.
It doesn’t come without strings, though. The first string is that you have to spend $2,000 with the credit card in the first 3 months of having it open (the details vary). And the second string is it comes with a $99 annual fee. So, basically, when you open the card, you already owe them 100 bucks.
But here’s the good part. 50,000 rapid reward points comes out to $500 in gift cards! You read that right! So, I pay $100 and get $500 back in gift cards. It’s not a bad deal. And if you’re like us, you can get one for each person. That comes out to $200 in fees spent for $1000 back in gift cards.
Don’t forget you have to spend $2000 for each card, though. Before we found out about our house situation, I planned to make the $2000 happen by putting everything I could on the card, including bills. But, it just so happens that our remediation is $4,000. See where I’m going with this? We’ve already got our spending taken care of!!! Sugar for our lemonade!
The next thing we have to do is sell our house and pay off the hefty balance, which should happen in the next month or two. And then, we pick out our gift cards! Hooray!
So, in essence, we’re spending $4200 ($4k for remediation and $200 in fees for 2 cards) and getting mold remediation and $1000 in gift cards. That’s really not a bad deal when you think about it.
Want me to make it even sweeter? Because, I mean, who doesn’t like a cherry on top? I’m going to get Walmart gift cards. Not that sweet? Well, Sam’s accepts Walmart gift cards. And guess what they sell at a discount? Disney gift cards. It’s about 5% off (just like at Target if you have a Red Card). So, if I spend my $1,000 at Sam’s on Disney gift cards, I’ll be getting $1,050 to spend on our Disney vacation.
I know. Our sad mold remediation just turned into half of a Disney vacation that we were praying to be able to take next year already anyway. Now, we’re just praying that our cute little (healthy) house sells now. God is good!
If you’ve searched for the perfect toddler bedding and come up short, this post is for you today!
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You’ve seen the gorgeous kid bedrooms on Pinterest or your favorite home furnishing website. They’re furnished with handsome functional furniture, adorned with the cutest toys you’ve ever seen, and sprinkled with the perfect style elements to make any grownup or kid excited to go to sleep. Okay, well. Maybe not that last part but, it’s exactly what you have in mind your own toddler bedroom.
And then you go to the store. It’s Paw Patrol or Disney Princess. Or, if you’re lucky, teddy bears. The best blankets that are toddler sized are actually crib quilts and they look like it, too. What’s a stylish mama to do with a toddler in their own bed? Especially a stylish mama on a budget too small to walk in the door at Restoration Hardware?!
You could scour Etsy for a baby blanket or crib quilt that looks more grown-up than the typical teddy bears. But, it won’t take long before you realize that you could easily be dropping over $50 for a blanket your toddler might (or might not) use for a season or two.
Don’t get discouraged yet! I have figured out the perfect solution for attractive toddler bedding options on a budget! Like a $20 budget. Here’s the secret: Throws.
Yep. That opens a world of gorgeous, grown-up possibilities for your toddler’s bed! You want a modern toddler bed? No problem. Thinking a fluffy cloud blanket is the perfect choice? You got it. Or are you really aiming for the skies with a farmhouse toddler bed? Me too. I found the perfect woven throw at TJ Maxx for only $19.99 made by Max Studio (similar woven throw).
Want to hear the best part? If you design your toddler’s bedroom to fit in with the rest of the decor in your home (or at least in the same color family), you can use your new versatile toddler bedding in other parts of your home when your toddler grows out of his or her toddler bed.
I know, right? Genius. This is one of my most favorite discoveries yet to keep our home looking stylish, even in my son’s toddler bedroom.
(Skip over this picture if you aren’t into seeing gross stuff. Yuck.)
See? You, yep, even your busy doing-it-all mama self can have a brand new looking ceiling fan in no time!
What a year we had in this house
This historic house gave us a run for our money. It’s our greatest mistake. It’s also one of our greatest accomplishments. It’s that wound that you subconsciously favor.
We bought this old house and expected to spend 3-4 days deep cleaning and scrubbing it clean before moving our things out of the storage unit and into the house. Well. That lasted about 2 days. We cleaned and cleaned and the dirt still streaked. We had a 2 year old at the time, and I could just see him licking the kitchen floor in typical 2 year old boy fashion. That wasn’t going to happen if I could help it.
Tiny House: Moving In
The good news was it was a tiny house, so the crazy idea to rip out the kitchen didn’t sound too crazy at the time. Fast forward 6 months. The kitchen was ripped out (and completely validated my wants to tear out that disgusting kitchen. There’s no way we could have cleaned all the nasty places.) and replaced with something highly functional and gorgeous. We fixed plumbing, installed $2000 worth of Ikea closets, worked our butts off in the crawlspace to control humidity, entertained countless contractors and consultants to help us find the problems, and organized until we could function in the tiny house. And finally, the farmhouse sink was installed & the gorgeous historic windows were framed with dramatic white curtains, and it was a cottage perfect for a sweet little family of three.
But that summer had been a hot and humid one. We thought it was because of the lack of central A/C (a definite necessity in Georgia summers!), but it continued to be a situation.
But, we finally had a kitchen sink and curtains for privacy, so we bit the bullet and moved in with a little sawdust still on the floor. Nathan’s parents had been helping us throughout the summer and they were slated to come and help us the first weekend we were moved in.
My son woke up with a fever that morning and our lives would forever be changed.
To make a really long story not so long, we all got sick for a few months, thinking we were passing a bug back and forth. But, we finally gave up the fight at that house and moved out. Turns out it was mold making us sick.
While we were living there, we realized that it was just too far of a commute for Nathan, and the house was always intended to be a temporary living situation while we figured out what direction to take with our life. Well, in that year, we grew a lot and learned a ton and knew exactly what we wanted: a house to take care of us so we could make real traction towards our big goals.
So, we sold it above market value for full list price with multiple offers on the table. By the time everything was said and done, that house was adorable and absolutely a stunner. (If you need help staging your own house, you might want to start with this post about how we sold this house for full price in a day.)
It’s the worst year of our life where everything we had was on the line, but we still remember it so fondly. It is that boyfriend that treated us badly that we still loved for some reason. It’s the furniture you hated but didn’t want to get rid of. It’s the worst kid in the class that the teacher can’t help but love.
She’s a beauty and will always have a special place in our hearts. We hope you enjoy having a look around our Main Street memory.
Sometimes a girl just needs some fabric. You can use fabric for so much stuff, even if you don’t sew. Chair covers, tablecloths, throws, blankets, ottomans, pillowcases, table runners, dog crate covers. You name it, fabric can cover it. And it can totally change the look of something. It’s like paint for your furniture, except a lot less messy.
I’m going to start with the obvious option: thrift stores. Sewing people have a tendency to take on too many projects, and their fabric selection can tend to get out of hand. Or stores might donate the leftovers to the thrift store. Or, my favorite, someone had a huge project and bought too much fabric. Then you can get a huge chunk for practically nothing. I have a nice grey piece 5 yards long yearning to be something really cool. I found it at Goodwill for about $5. A steal, I know. It’s even a nice thick denim-ish piece, too. You just never know what you find at these places. You can even look at the sheets or bedding department for cool fabrics. That’s always the first place I look for project inspiration.
The second, less-obvious option is Harbor Freight. They have amazing deals on drop cloths, if you don’t mind it smelling like China for a few days. If you sign up for their emails and newsletters (or are just really nice to the person ringing you up), you can get 40% something almost all the time. Their drop cloths are huge and come in at a cool $12 for 3 yards. And, they’re a great neutral creamy color to boot. I love this stuff. I’ve used it to cover a huge dog crate, an ottoman, and a few other small projects around the house…all on $12.
And my favorite option of all is the Ikea As-Is bin. I always go straight to the as-is bin when I get there. I go the wrong way through the registers and see what Ikea wants to give me that day. And I always take my time to look through the fabric bin. It’s strangely an exhausting arm workout, but it’s oh-so-worth-it. They practically give away odd-shaped couch covers in luxurious upholstery fabric and hand out huge, continuous pieces of fabric in the form of duvet covers for super cheap. Sometimes, you just don’t want a seam running down the middle or sides, you know? My favorite score was a white 100% (timeless) linen duvet cover and shams, two tan linen pillowcases with two matching curtain panels. I paid a little more for the duvet cover (I think $25) that I would normally have, but come on, it’s linen. It’s the timeless fabric that has outlived generations. It gets softer with time and is oh-so-luxurious. But the pillowcases (still covering my couch pillows today) were a cool $3 each. So, if I didn’t want a tan linen pillowcase for $3, I could have totally given it a snip here and a snip there and turned it into something else totally cool like a set of linen napkins. And do you know how much that would cost you at a place like Pier1? Or even Etsy? I know.
So, there you have it. My fabric hunting on-the-cheap secrets. I hope I don’t see you there (or if I do, that you’re looking for something totally different). 😉
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