How to Sell Your House Fast – Within a Week of Listing!

It has been a little over a year since we moved out of our old house and into our new one. Looking back, I realize how blessed we were to be able to sell our old home so quickly. We had our first showing within one day of listing and had an offer within two days after that. Incredible! We were thrilled!

How to Sell Your House Fast - Within a Week of Listing

Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

We loved our home – it was our very first home together as a married couple. And it was our daughter’s first home! But when we found out we were expecting our second child, we knew that we were quickly outgrowing the two bedroom/two bathroom condo. My husband and I quickly put a plan in place and worked toward the end goal of selling the house before Baby #2 made their arrival. We listed in the very beginning of September and knew we were nearing the end of the busy season for real estate sales. Pat and I crossed our fingers (and prayed!) that everything would work out!

If you want to learn how to sell your house fast – check out what we did to sell our home faster than we could have ever imagined!

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

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5 Tips on how to sell your house fast:

1. Get a Storage Unit

Even if you home has a ton of storage space, I still recommend getting a storage unit. Nothing turns off a potential buyer more than clutter or the feeling that their things may not be able to fit into the space. Before we even got close to listing our home, a good 6 months before listing, we got a storage unit. We used a U Haul Storage Facility since it was close to our home, but any facility will do. The key is to have one close to home to make trips back and forth quick and easy.

Every weekend I would pack up a few things and send my husband off to the storage unit. We started with the big things like baby swings and portable cribs and things that took up a lot of space. Next, we moved to emptying out the closets and our crawlspace attic. Even though an attic is meant for storage, we didn’t want to pack it to the ceiling. We wanted to make sure that when a potential buyer peeked in that they could see how much storage space there actually was. Then we moved to packing away large kitchen supplies that we barely used (waffle irons, panini presses, etc!)

The easiest part about having the storage unit was that we filled it gradually every weekend so it never seemed like a lot of work. And then on moving day (we definitely hired movers!) and after they emptied out the house, we made a stop at the storage facility and they emptied that all out too before going to the new house!

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

2. De-Personalize

I’m sure you heard this one before, but seriously do it and do it 100%. Nobody wants to know who was living in the house before them – they want to picture themselves there. We took down EVERY personal picture we had in the house and either packed the frames away or replaced the picture with something else. For example, I went to Etsy and purchased downloadable printables that said things like “Home Sweet Home” or “Welcome” to put in existing frames. Here’s a few of the ones I purchased if you want to check them out!

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

3. Professional Cleaning

Even if you never used a cleaning service before, I recommend getting one right before you move. I was 6 months pregnant around the time we listed our home and didn’t want to be around chemicals. It was also a huge help so I didn’t have to get on my hands and knees to scrub bathtubs! Getting someone else to clean your home can take some of the stress away. Your house will also get a deep clean so your house sparkles for those first showings.

In addition to the professional cleaning, I made sure to straighten up the house every night before bed. You never know when someone may call for a showing and I didn’t want to be caught off guard. I also never wanted to turn down a request for a showing for any reason, including if the house was cluttered. A missed showing could be a missed opportunity!

There was literally a time when I got a phone call saying that someone wanted to see the house at 12:15pm and it was 12:00pm! Luckily I was able to grab my napping toddler out of her crib and run out the door at a moment’s notice. (By the way, I totally miss her sweet little nursery below).

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

4. Hire a Home Stager

The changes a home stager will make may be small and subtle but they will make all the difference! We hired Jennifer of Jennifer Smith Designs. Jen initially came over about a month before listing. She gave us an easy-to-do list with things from removing bath rugs and trash cans in bathrooms to inexpensive updates like changing out some light fixtures. She then came out again the day before our photographer came and did some furniture re-arranging and added in some of her own accessories. Jen was new set of eyes on the space. She pointed out things we weren’t able to see or weren’t thinking about. I think it made such a positive difference!

(Jen also previously helped us design our daughter’s nursery in the above picture. Sadly, she didn’t stay in it long because we moved, but we loved it! And I think it helped with resale value as we added new carpets and the built in shelving.)

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

5. Hire a Professional Photographer

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and I agree! If something doesn’t look good in pictures, a buyer may not come to see it in person. And for me, lighting is huge! If a home doesn’t look like it has a lot of natural light, I’m not interested. I knew from the beginning I wanted to hire a professional photographer to take pictures of our home. It was a super minimal investment that I feel totally paid off in the end!

We hired Delaney Dobson Photography, who Jennifer Smith Designs actually referred to us! Delaney has the light and airy style of photography that I was looking for (check out her instagram feed and you will see what I mean!). She typically specializes in newborn and family photography as well as wedding photography, but was willing to take on our little project! She did an awesome job capturing not only the light, but also had great angles on the room and was able to show the height and detail of our wood-planked ceilings. Her turn around time was amazing and we were able to get the pictures to our realtor in no time.

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

Our Results?

As I shared, we had our first showing within one day of listing. Then, we had an offer within two days after the first showing. But did I mention the offer came in 1.5K OVER asking price? We accepted immediately.

We were able to get on track early on by getting the storage unit and de-personalizing. And we were less stressed when it was time to actually list the house. Then bringing in the professional cleaners, home stager, and photographer tied everything up in a pretty little bow!

We sold our home before Baby #2 came which was the ultimate goal. Then we started hunting for a new home right away! We moved into our new home exactly a month before our second little girl arrived! Truly perfect timing!

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Photo Credit: Delaney Dobson Photography

Have you been researching how to sell your house fast? Or have you had fast results in selling your home? What are some of your tips? I’d love to hear from you! And please let me know if you have any questions on our process!

 

 

 

 

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xoxo, Food Marriage

Blessed to Have these Babies: Happy Mothers’ Day!

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the moms out there! I thought today would be a great day to jump on and start blogging again! After being away from Food Marriage for quite a while, I wanted to stop by and share a little of what life has brought us recently!

2016 was a life changing year for our family. Long story short: we found out we were expecting our second child, I made the transition from my full time corporate recruitment job to being part time, my husband took on a new job, we decided to put our 2 bedroom condo up for sale and sold it within a week, and then realized we had to find a new house FAST. We found a house, packed up the old one and moved, and then had our second baby exactly a month after moving into the new house. Whew! Just typing that out was exhausting! But it was one of the best years of our lives so far! Now we get to share our lives with not just one little girl but two!

Mommy and Me Matching Outfits - Navy and White Striped Dresses from Ralph Lauren. Happy Mothers' Day!

Matching Mommy and Me Dresses: All dresses purchased online from Ralph Lauren. They weren’t in a Mommy and Me collection, but I searched Women’s Dresses, Girls Dresses and Baby Dresses until I found coordinating outfits! I’m wearing a size Medium.  Our toddler is wearing a size 3T and the baby is wearing a size 3 Months.  All fit true to size!

Now that we are settling into our new normal, we can actually take some time to sit back, relax, and appreciate all that we have in our life. We have the most beautiful happy and healthy girls and that is all we could ever ask for or need. Being a mom to these two girls has been the most rewarding (and challenging) job that I have ever had in my life. I’ll be honest, I’m still learning how to juggle taking care of both of them at the same time! And there are times I lose my cool. But those little smiling faces and eyes that light up a room quickly melt my heart.

These little ones have made me a more patient person, a more selfless person, and a more loving person. I can’t wait to continue to see them grow and learn new things every day. I am truly blessed to have these babies!

Happy Mothers’ Day!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Top 5 Travel Tips for Flying with Baby

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I recently took my daughter on her first plane ride.  I took her to Chicago to celebrate her Uncle Matthew’s Graduation from Chiropractic School and also to meet her GREAT Grandparents for the first time. My husband wasn’t able to make the trip due to work and school commitments, so I was traveling alone. People thought I was crazy for flying alone with her. I almost didn’t book the trip because of so many fears! But in the end I decided to do it! And guess what? Flying with a baby wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be!

We flew when she was about 7 months old, so I was able to keep her on my lap the entire time (talk about cost saving!) Most airlines allow you to have a child on your lap up until they reach 2 years of age. Overall, we had a great trip and I was so glad to have taken the opportunity to go on a trip where we could spend quality time with family that we do not get to see often.

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 Here are my Top 5 Tips for Flying with a Baby:

1. Do Not Read Negative Articles Before You Go – this will only stress you out.  A couple weeks before we left, I read an article about a woman being kicked off a plane because her child was crying uncontrollably before takeoff. This happened to be the same airline that I had already booked. Everyone was trash talking the airline in the comments section and basically said if you have kids, steer clear of that particular airline. Of course, I freaked out after reading this but it was too late to change flights at that point. We kept our flight and I was pleasantly surprised to find that everyone we encountered on the airline was extremely friendly and helpful. We could not have had a better experience.

2. Do Not Care What Other People Think – this will also stress you out. My biggest fear was sitting down next to another passenger and getting “the look” – you know the one where they are thinking in their heads “I cannot believe this person brought a baby on a plane.” What I found was that most strangers were happy to make silly goofy faces at my daughter and make her laugh and giggle. How could you not love a smiling bright blue eyed little babe!?

3. Do Not Forget Hand Sanitizing Wipes – Notice I did not say “Do Not Let Child Touch Any Surfaces” because let’s face it, that is nearly impossible to do.  Let your little one play and be curious – it is a fun and new experience for them and they are exploring the world around them! Just be sure to be quick with the wipes before they put their hands in their mouth!

4. Do Not Be Afraid of Making Friends – I usually keep to myself when traveling, reading a book or minding my own business. I rarely talk to other passengers. I found that having a baby in your arms invites conversation. Don’t be afraid of it! I found myself giving tips on baby carriers to a pregnant woman and having conversations with a group of young adults on their way to Basic Training in the Navy. It actually made the trip fun and go by quickly!

5. DO ENJOY EVERY MOMENT – as we all know, our children are only little once. As a working mom who works full time outside of the home, this time I spent with my baby girl was precious. This was the first Mother/Daughter trip that we took together, and I hope there are many more to come. Try to look at the world through your child’s eyes and see what an incredible adventure you are on!

Hoping that these tips can ease some of your travel anxiety if you are planning your first trip with your little one! Best of luck!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

How to Make a Baby Ladybug Halloween Costume!

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For my daughter’s first halloween, I knew I wanted to make hand make her costume! Nothing against store bought costumes, but I was just itching to do something creative! I originally wanted her to be a baby bumble bee after I saw this No Sew Bee Costume from Sugar Bee Crafts, However, when I went to the craft store, there was no bright yellow tulle to be seen. I saw bright red tulle and was sold on the idea of a little ladybug! I started right away on making Little M’s ladybug halloween costume!

How to make a homemade baby ladybug halloween costume for your little girl, complete with a ladybug painted pumpkin, red antennae headband, matching handmade mommy and me infinity scarves, and little ladybug wings | FoodMarriage.com

With less than a week until Halloween, you can still make this easy costume if you want to! I paced myself by doing one piece of the costume each day until it was finished. Here’s what you’ll need to create this adorable baby halloween costume:

  1. Basic Black Clothes and Red Socks – Any plain black shirt and black leggings will do (Tip: Wal-Mart carries Garanimals brand clothing for babies and toddlers with mix and match separates – you can get exactly what you need at a great price – under $4 a piece!) I also picked up fuzzy red socks from Carter’s.
  2. Ladybug Wings – I was going to get red felt and then cut out black circles and glue them on, but I got lucky and found red felt that already had black dots on it the craft store. Score! I bought two pieces of felt, used a bowl from the kitchen to cut them into half-circles and then glued them together at the top with Tacky Glue. Once it was dry I used red thread and hand stitched the wings to the top of the black shirt.
  3. Tutu – I got black elastic, black tulle, and red tulle.  I followed the general idea from Sugar Bee Crafts of just hand-tying the tulle to the elastic band.  I did NOT use glitter tulle as I thought that was not a good idea for a 9-month old. I used regular matte tulle and bought one roll in each color (I used the 3-inch wide kind).
  4. Antennae Headband – Using leftover elastic that I had from the tutu waist band, I tied it in a little knot in the back to make a headband. I then took little red pom poms and stitched them on to the top with red thread.
  5. Mommy & Me Matching Red Infinity Scarves – I used to crochet a long time ago, but haven’t done it in years. I watched this Easy Crochet Infinity Scarf Tutorial on YouTube by Melanie Ham, and it came right back to me!! Her tutorial was just what I needed to get back in the swing of things and learn how to do an infinity scarf, which I had never done before. I made our scarves much smaller but the general pattern was the same with a half double crochet stitch. I wore a black shirt with my scarf to match my little one!
  6. A Pumpkin with Red & Black Acrylic Paint – We spent one night painting our pumpkin red with acrylic paint.  The next day, we painted the top black and added black polka dots with a round sponge brush.

Hand Painted Ladybug Pumpkin for Halloween with red and black acrylic paint. The perfect compliment to your little girl's costume or to your home decor. | FoodMarriage.com

We were happy to get our little girl all dressed up for a party this past weekend. And we are even more excited to get two uses out of her costume this coming weekend for Halloween!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage