No advice that wasn't already posted - but Good Luck! I hope you get enough for the house so that you can buy in the more expensive area. Also, maybe you could consider renting there for just a bit until you get your bearings?
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
Without reading what everyone else has put...
We are trying to sell ours right now. It sucks. All the estate agents in the UK (except in the Olympic areas) are having zero sales. No one seems to understand what's going on. We have found one we have fallen in love with but we are just trying not to get our hopes up because no one is interested in ours (or anyone's for that matter. The house we like has been up since January and we are the only viewers!!)
Anyway, in answer to your question...the photos they take are pretty important. Our agent let us move stuff from room to room to it looked like we don't really have piles of toys everywhere lol The house actually looks amazing on the photos, I just wish it looked like that in real life lol. When our one and only viewer came round we tidied and cleaned until it looked like a show home...just with piles of toys They were completely understanding and said they could see all the space on the photos.
I can post a link to it if you'd like? Then you can look at pics on my facebook at what a tip it usually is
Sarah & Gavin
21st January 2008
Alexander-8 Dec 2008
Tobey-1st Oct 2010
I agree the photos are important, when we were looking for a rental once and flickimg through pictures of places on real estate sites one agency obviously didn't notice the households nudie calendar in the picture, made us think the place was a bit dodgy that a real estate let that go through.
Good photos are SO important. We were looking for houses to view in Tucson from Albuquerque. We must have looked at 400 houses online and picked maybe 12 to look at. Its amazing the things people think are important enough to take pictures of in lieu of, say, the kitchen. The more pics the better. Take pics that are representative of the space. Pics of some random window or a closeup of the kitchen sink are just ridiculous. Unless your kitchen sink is AMAZING. Like if it were one of those gorgeous farmer's sink and it was the center piece of the room.
So true about the pictures! Even with just renting houses we've been amazed by the awful pictures people post. I want to see the kitchen!!! My favorites are of bathrooms where all you see is the toilet. I'm sure you're way better with taking photos than most of these people are at least. lol
I'm not much help b/c we obviously don't buy and sell houses.
~Jackie, mommy to Aiden (11/2/10) and Zoe (VBAC 11/27/12)
YES! Pictures are SO important. I remember hating so many of the pictures when we were looking for a house the first time. And now I'm back there again looking at pictures of a blurry close up ceiling fan. I want to get an idea of what a room looks like. Don't the realtors take the pictures though? I was going to take my own and give them to a realtor because I want my house to be well presented.
If you can live without it and your kids can live without it, pack it up. Pack up family pictures, trinkets that you think are cute and have meaning to you don't mean squat to them and they want to be able to see themselves there not you. Make sure it smells good, Scentsy plug ins or some potpourri. When you pack stuff up do you have some place like your IL's that you can store tubs, an attic, a storage area, a big closet, anywhere? I packed up so much random stuff because I wanted to make the closets look just too big to be filled. My clothing closet was PACKED but I took half of my clothes and shoes out so it didn't seem like it was small, it actually looked deceivingly big. And as someone that has looked at tons of houses, do not leave the dogs there. I could not stand walking in to someone's home and having their dogs barking and yapping at me. Every time we showed our house I spent a TON of time cleaning and cleaning and cleaning, I wanted it to shine every time because I did judge other houses by the crap laying around and the cleanliness of them (<---could just be me being a b!tch though!)
Take your own pictures!!!! That is what I did because I wanted a time and lighting where the house looked really good and where I could stage it really well without feeling like I needed to rush for her schedule. I am no photographer but I did a rather amazing job if I do say so myself
Ooh, yeah. Smell is another good tip! I looked at an otherwise cute rental for a friend that reeked of cat litter, and even college students were passing it up.
I figured out what I can do with the stuff I pack up!!! DH's BFF lives in the town we are moving to and has been pestering DH to move there forever. DH is staying with him during the work week. I'm going to pack up everything non-essential to our daily lives and send it with DH to store at his friends house!! It's perfect!
DH said no before I even finished my sentence when asking him about getting a storage pod.
Christa, Thank you. I don't think I ever would have thought about taking clothes out of the closet to keep it from looking so full.
AHH, I have SOOOO MUCH work to do!