My house is going on to the market today, Estate Agent's coming round this afternoon to take all the pictures and measurements.
It's all happened a bit quickly as when DH mentioned moving a few weeks ago, I wasn't overly fussed as I love where we are, but hubby would like more space and an older property, I said it would take something pretty special to make me want to move. And so, of course, we found something pretty special, without even trying very hard, we've fallen in love with an house that was orignally a row of three cottages, they been extended at the back and split into two houses. Lots of character and very roomy and spacious and we love it. it's even got a small study at the front that would be perfect for my CDCing, with an alcove just the right size for my shelves that hold all my stock.
So we got our house valued last week, pleasantly surprised and have spent all week tarting it up, tidying (tons) and cleaning the house to within an inch of it's life, I've seen corners that I haven't seen in years!
Our problem is that all three of us are terrible horders and none of us are tidy by nature. And although there's only 3 of us in this good sized 4 bed house, we've filled every last blooming inch of it & I know the house would look a lot bigger if some of the clutter was removed. I asked DH for some boxes earlier in the week to put some stuff away (a la the House Doctor) but at the moment he can't get ANYTHING else in the attic, it's so full Surprised the ceiling's haven't collapsed.
Now I know they say to have fresh coffee brewing when viewers come round, but I've got a Tassimo machine, so that's not going to work and also fresh bread or cakes baking, but I think that's a bit corny & too obvious. I remember going to see a house years ago, when we moved up here in fact and the lady had a full fire blazing, yes it looked lovely but it was an August heatwave at the time and she was baking apple tarts in the oven, and I couldn't help but wonder why she was trying to hard. So not sure about that?
I've bought lots of air fresheners and have them scattered around the house, as we've a dog and I know non-dog owners can smell them as soon as they come in the house, and I've got fresh flowers in the lounge, which I'll renew weekly (telling DH it's a necessary expense I'm afraid) I also bought a hanging basket and tub of daffs yesterday at the garden centre, to give the front of the house a bit of kerb appeal.
So have I forgotten anything, is there something else I should/could be doing? Anyone else got any tips for a speedy sale, as we don't want to lose the house we've seen, but need to get a good price on ours to afford the one we want.
All ideas gratefully recieved.