Well, we are taking the plunge. Star Hill, our near the lake cabin in Coldspring, Texas is going on the market. We planned to meet with a Realtor Sunday to discuss selling our near the lake house, Star Hill. She actually could not come because she broke her leg, but we will be putting the house on the market very soon. I decided to do all the research I could in her absence to make sure we are ready to sell this place and buy the property we are dreaming about near our lake house.
Having someone you don’t know walk through a place you poured blood, sweat, tears and time into when selling your home is hard. Being judged on your effort is hard. Loving the place and wanting whoever buys the house to love it, too is our hope.
After doing the research on getting a home sold quickly and trusting my gut I have composed a to do list.
Get concrete work completed on porch.
Paint porch rails. ( The dog is not for sale. Every time I get out the camera she manages to jump into the shot. )
Clean out flower bed, trim bushes, get leaves up.
Fix deck boards and popped nails then paint deck with sprayer.
Clear porch of items except patio set.
Move cedar from my cedar windfall to boat storage.
Finish outstanding projects. I have three that need to get knocked out on the first dry-warmish day.
Clean, clean, clean.
Continue to declutter. It will probably mean moving some furniture to storage. The cedar cabinet provides great storage but it makes the guest room feel small. The Western Dresser can go to storage, one of the night stands in the front bedroom. The shelving unit in the back closet along with the skis can go.
We have a large list but can get it knocked out if motivated-and we are motivated.
We plan to list the home with a realtor the first of March but we honestly hope it sells sooner by owner.
I would love your input on the list and suggestions from those of you who have sold second homes.
Here are some shots of the house this weekend.
2 thoughts on “Selling Star Hill”
I don’t have much for ideas for getting ready for the Realtor. I think you have covered your bases pretty well. Maybe if you have bedrooms lacking in space, (I didn’t notice any) stage the room with a smaller bed. People notice the lack of a dresser, but not necessarily a full bed instead of a queen. Another thing our realtor told us was to burn a candle in the kitchen of something that smelled like comfort foods (apple pie, cookies, etc). She said people love this. Also, she recommended fresh flowers. You can’t do this for every showing, obviously, but if you have a busy weekend of showings, flowers will last through the weekend.
Good luck. I hope you get your dream house!
Thanks, Jennifer. I got an awesome candle called “cabin”. It smells perfect for the place. I did consider a double bed in the front room, but we are thrilled it holds a queen and will keep it. We will be bringing in flowers once they start blooming up there. I won’t go buy any for there. I appreciate your input.