Exciting news! We have listed our house for sale with a realtor, and have moved one small step closer to building our house at the lake (not to mention, being about 20 minutes away from our daughter and her family, instead of an hour!).
We're trying to think positively, but, in reality, it's a terrible time to try to sell a house, with the housing market leaning heavily in favor of buyers.
I've been busy "staging" (aka "decluttering"), and have really been amazed by how much larger rooms appear to be in relation to how much "stuff" you have in them, especially on the floors.
I have to admit that it took me a while to get accustomed to the new look, but I really have enjoyed the feeling of spaciousness, even though the rooms are, of course, exactly the same size they were before I staged them.
I wish I had taken "before" pictures, but didn't think about it until it was too late.
I think it's rather presumptious of me to think that anyone would be interested in seeing pictures of my house, but for those of you who would like to see a few of the "after staging" pictures, I've included them below.
As you can tell by the pictures, I didn't totally declutter. After all, I wanted it to look like someone lives in the house!
And the living room ...
And there's Harry the Heron — bless his heart, he's kind of shy and tries his best to blend into the landscape.
Our backyard is long and narrow ...
At the beginning of this post, I said I had exciting news to share. While selling the house is exciting, it is also kind of sad, because, not only are we selling a house, we're selling our home for the past four and a half years. We have many happy memories tied to Vicksburg and to the life we have enjoyed here in this house.
Selling a house can also be stressful ... especially if it doesn't sell right away. You have to always be prepared for it to be shown if a realtor calls with a client who would like to see it, but, on the other hand, the more people who look at it, the better the chance it will sell.
Actually, I think it's kind of fun ... and I enjoy making the house as pretty and welcoming as I can by turning on lamps and chandeliers, and ceiling fans. I also spray a little Smell of Spring scent by Aromatique, to make it smell good. I hope when they walk in the door that they can tell the house has been loved and taken care of ... and I hope it says, "Come on in and sit a spell. You can be happy here, too."