Last time, if you remember, I talked about making your house nice for you and your family. So often we let the little stuff go around the house until the little stuff becomes big, overwhelming stuff. Then one of two things happens. Either we stop noticing the big stuff until there’s a catastrophe (a move, a flooded basement…) or it’s too big and too expensive to fix so we ignore it until there is a catastrophe.
When you were looking at your house (renters and buyers both) what did you see that made it “the one?” Was it was the location? Was it was a beautiful kitchen? Maybe it was just in the budget. I fell in love with most of my house just from the Realtor’s pictures. It was bright and open and clean. It also had potential – a big space for gardening, an unfinished basement, and a huge back deck. And then life happened. The house got cluttered. Small stuff got ignored. Now. I. hate. my. house.
When you’re selling your house, you try to show buyers the potential behind stacks of books and weeds in the garden. So why not let it shine all the time? Making your house look its best isn’t about keeping up with the Joneses or pretending to be something you aren’t, it’s like taking a shower and putting on clean clothes in the morning – it makes you feel better. We’re able to accomplish more with less effort and focus on the things that matter. It makes you want to be home. That, right there, is reason enough for me.
Next time, I’ll go over what to look for when making a to-do list. In the meantime, let me know what you think in the comments.