Assistance Please!

As you may or may not know, we recently put our house on the market as a step (somewhere) in the process of moving back to the Midwest, closer to family.  I can’t say that our house is truly sale-ready.  I’ve shown it once.  Last week I started on the step of taking down all of the family photos.  Not one I care for.  It made me quite sad.  Thankfully I have 4 of those people in the pictures living with me, so I will make it thorough.

I have a shelf in the laundry area of the kitchen where I can set decorative items.  Most of what was there was framed snapshots–of family and friends.  Now it’s empty and I need your assistance–some suggestions as what to put up here that will look attractive and neutral.

I did change out several photographs in the den/family room today.  People for nature.  A tiger swallowtail in some flowers on one wall.  And some awesome pictures my brother took when he lived close enough to Rocky Mountain National Park to make regular excursions there.  (I’ve wanted to display these for several years and am rather pleased about this switch.)

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  1. Hi Alisa. I know from Mom working in real estate and our experience that people want to be able to envision themselves in the home. The advice is to have the house as neutral as possible and realtors usually advise against any bold colors. Also, they advise storing some furniture and personal items, organizing closets and “staging” the house. Other tricks are: prior to a prospective buyer viewing the house – wipe counters with lemon juice or vinegar to get that “clean house” smell and have frozen cookie dough on hand and bake chocolate chip cookies immediately before the viewing. I’ll let you know of any other ideas I think of. I’ll also keep you in my prayers. Love, Kathy

    1. Wonderful tips. We’re working on neutral. Obviously as a homeschooling family this is especially challenging since the boys always have a project or schoolwork going on. The absence of bold colors, as you see by the pictures, is not going to happen. I like the frozen cookie dough idea. (Except for the temptation knowing it is there.) Last time I put some cinnamon and nutmeg on the burner on low. Honestly we have a few more projects to truly finish before anyone will likely buy it, but we felt good about just getting the sign in the yard.

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