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  1. October 9, 2013
    Anne@DesignDreams

    lol – yep get rid of that bedtime booze & cover those bedroom toilets with a box or something!

    So sorry about your oven thing – what a drag!!! Remind me to tell you about my first foray into cooking and what I did to my mom’s stove… 😉

    xox

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oooh… yes, do tell me! (Or better yet, write a post about it!)

      The bedtime booze is something that I can understand while dealing with Real Estate craziness…. but yes, not exactly a selling point on the MLS. 😉

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  2. October 9, 2013
    Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    First off…thank you for the shout out. Secondly…just breathe in and breathe out…and know that the right buyer will love your home for its bones (and its nice fluffy white towels). Oh, and eat out..A LOT. that was my biggest saving grace while showing our house.

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, we DO eat out a lot. That’s what kills me (only because I hate paying for four people to eat out… and when it’s not terrible fast food). I do hope that the right buyer walks into the house and falls in love – but I also have to remember that it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen. Zen… Zen thoughts…

      I think I need to do yoga. 😉

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  3. October 9, 2013
    DeeAnna

    Hahahaha, I remember getting ready to show our house. I was 7 months pregnant with four little ones (yes, brilliant idea to move at that time) running around and the real estate agent wanted to show the house with only an hour of warning and then showed up 20 minutes early. So I’m FRANTICALLY running here and there and trying to hustle children out the door. I get out the backdoor myself and take a deep breath while the agent brings in people through the front door…and I realize I’m missing two children. They couldn’t find me outside and so were running around inside. Yes, we are selling the house along with two cute free children. We ended up taking the house off the market because my husband didn’t get the job, but seriously it was insane. So good luck, and keep those show towels close and ready to go!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh – I so hear you, DeeAnna. We had a moment very similar to that. I was finishing up a meal with the kids when a realtor rolled in the driveway twenty minutes early. I was throwing stuff into a bin, slamming things in the dishwasher, and hustling kids out. And as I left, I thought, “Did I put XYZ away? Is the toilet seat down?”

      Everything is just so frantic.

      We’ll see if this house sells or not. At least the house has been decluttered… but still… lots of high blood pressure moments!

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  4. October 9, 2013
    Dani @ lifeovereasy

    At least you are keeping your sense of humour! I don’t envy you going through this process, but hopefully it will result in something even more perfect in the future. Good luck!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I think that a sense of humour is a necessity when selling a home. Otherwise, it could get SO stressful!

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  5. October 9, 2013
    Nikki H

    We just went through this, but without the kids. I did buy white towels and mats for both bathrooms, but we don’t even touch those towels. And we had a realtor show up without even calling first! And that was after a total no-show the day before! She was really a piece of work. I mentioned to our realtor that a course in professional development was needed. We did eat out more than normal, mainly because we don’t have a dishwasher.
    Good luck!

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, I cannot imagine having a realtor show up unannounced! I would be totally appalled.

      Long live the show towels! They make such a difference!

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  6. October 9, 2013
    Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz

    Selling a house is hard. Especially when you’re living in it. You gave some really great advice! I wish you all the luck in the world.

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    • October 9, 2013
      Tara

      Oh, thank you, Kenzie. I appreciate you saying that I gave decent advice, considering you’re in the “biz”! 🙂 We’ll see what happens. I’m trying not to obsess over it. (You can guess how well that’s going!)

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  7. October 10, 2013
    Mel

    Good luck ugg selling houses is the worst I will be wishing for a quick sale for you.

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    • October 10, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Mel. We’ll see – I have a feeling that we might be waiting a little bit. 😛

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  8. October 10, 2013
    Danni@SiloHillFarm

    Our house is for sale too Tara! I think I’ll go look at that site with the terrible photos because I need some comic relief right now! This is nerve wracking! And…I so wanted to go Halloween crazy….but that is a definite no-no in house selling. Good luck to you my friend!

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    • October 10, 2013
      Tara

      I remember you talking about putting your farm on the market. How is it going?

      Yes, definitely go look at that site. You’ll feel so good about your place! It’s a great mood-lifter!

      I don’t want to carry this through to December, only because Christmas is pretty big for me. I love to go all out with decorations. I don’t want to be dealing with showings and cleaning up non-stop while I’m trying to be jolly!

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  9. October 10, 2013
    Tanya@TakeSix

    What a lot of work it is to prepare a house to sell. Thanks. Great post!

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    • October 10, 2013
      Tara

      It really can be a lot of work! But if the house sells, it feels so worth it! 🙂

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  10. October 10, 2013
    Amy of while wearing heels

    How funny. I hope that your house sells quickly so you can get back to living a life with kids that have toys and clutter and a blogger that hoards tossed aside shutters from the neighbors 🙂

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    • October 10, 2013
      Tara

      Oh yes. This blogger is missing her crazy thrifting-and-junking moments. I have to reign myself in.

      But… we’ll see. Nothing is guaranteed in real estate! 🙂

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  11. October 10, 2013
    Terri

    Getting a house ready to sell is quite exhausting but great tips for sure

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    • October 10, 2013
      Tara

      Thank you so much, Terri! Yes, getting a house ready to sell is quite the process!

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  12. October 11, 2013
    Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns}

    Moving is such a pain in the you-know-what. The last time I moved it was before children, so I can’t even imagine it now with 2 kids and FOUR animals. Buyers don’t like it that animals live in a home either, so I’m basically screwed – ha! Great tips, love the pictures (I’m checking out that site pronto!), and I’m so sorry about the oven incident! Aack! Good luck selling your house!!

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  13. October 12, 2013
    mara

    All I know is that when our house was for sale, the agent told us to make it look like nobody lived there, and that way they could imagine themselves in the house.

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  14. October 12, 2013
    Bronwyn MayB

    Okay, the lines “the house of joy and laughter” and “put your bedroom booze away” made me laugh my head off.

    We once went to view a house and it reeked of pot and had all it’s bongs out on display. The best part was the pair of red lace thongs on the bathroom floor. Especially since the guy was a bachelor and lived alone. Classy.

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  15. October 23, 2013
    Marilyn

    Wow, great tips! Just pinned so I can find this again to help my folks sell their house! 😀

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  16. November 4, 2013
    RealEstateGirl

    This is such a great post! I love the De-s! So very true! A great rule to go by when trying to get your home ready for the market. I will save this post to send to my clients getting ready for the process! Thanks!

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    Anthony

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