I am REELING right now. We've been casually looking for a home and our realtor sent us a new listing this week. From the photos it looked perfect so we jumped all over it, had a showing and just knew that it was exactly what we were looking for. We were one of at least 6 other families viewing the house that day (its first day on the market) so we submitted a good offer, but we had zero expectations because it was already a multi-offer situation by the time we submitted. Plus our market is really nutty right now. Inventory, especially in the less than $350k range is very very low and there is a lot of competition. All the $600k homes are sitting, but anything between $200k and $350k is flying, most usually go under contract in a matter of days with higher than asking bids. So anyway, we definitely didn't expect an offer acceptance but they chose us! Sooooooooo now we need to sell our house and we've got about 65 days to do it. What do I need to prioritize and how can I do this in the most MM way possible??? I'm really fighting internally with wanting to do all the things to make our house show as wonderfully as possible...but we also need to limit expenses as much as possible between now and then to further buffer our savings. Luckily we're in a good spot and all major projects and renovations are done. Obviously I want to sell for as much as we can so we can walk away with a bunch of extra cash at the end of this to buy some new furniture and fund some landscaping and other minor improvements at the new place.
Things we HAVE to do before listing:
Finish painting the basement and basement stairwell. We already own the paint and supplies so this is basically no extra cost. Has to be done because DH did a bunch of drywall work down here and it's very patchy looking until we paint.
Deep clean everything.
Things I want to do:
Add mulch around the back of the house because the garden beds are currently bare. We're probably talking $80-$100 worth of mulch because we have a lot of areas to fill in.
Repaint the kitchen beadboard because it's a brick red currently and I think it would show better in a more neutral color (SW has a 40% off sale this weekend and I probably need half a gallon paint max). Max $40 for a full gallon of paint.
Buy some cheap annuals like petunias to fill out my potted plants since I haven't done this yet and refill my hanging baskets, plus plant some around the mailbox for curb appeal. $60???
Toss down some fast germinating grass seed to fill in the bare spots in our fescue zones. $5 for a bag of seed. We have starter fertilizer already.
Buy some fresh potpourri - $20
Raid the 50% off rack at Hobby Lobby for some cheap hanging decor to fill in spaces on the wall where I'll be taking down some large personal portraits. $75-$100
So I guess all in all we're talking around a $325 investment. I feel like I'm going crazy and my head is spinning trying to come up with an action items list for the next few days so we can get on the market. We've made a ton of improvements over the past four years so I'm thinking of typing up a list as well of all the updates we've done. The sellers of the house we bid on did this and I thought it was a really nice touch since many of those updates aren't going to be revealed on a basic disclosure.