input please.

some thoughts are spending a lot of time in my head. 

num. 1:
we are meeting with a realtor tomorrow to discuss putting our house on the market to sell.  we are hoping and praying for a successful sale and to find a bigger, and cheaper, place to rent to increase our flexibility in the future for job stuff for Doug.

1. will you pray for us? 
2.  do you have any really great hints about selling a house?  anything to avoid?

num. 2:
i am thinking A LOT about what i want my business to look like in 2011.  i am continually blown away and grateful that i am able to do what i love (sew) while i do what i love (be with my kids).  for the first time ever i am thinking long and hard about "opening the doors" again.  do i really want to? do i need to? can i while i am selling this house where the dining room IS my craft room? 

any thoughts on that?   

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Terri @ said...

1. I am praying that all your heart's desires will be met as you seek His heart in 2011.
2. My selling tip is to listen to your realtor. We were going to spend a buncha $ fixing stuff that we didn't need to. The house sold above what we were hoping for without us fixing it.
3. | have no opinion about whether or not to "open the doors" on your business... but I'm sure you will know what is right for you :)and yours.
4. I'm excited for you and looking forward to hearing lotsa good news from your corner really soon.

Elaine said...

When selling a house, I'd pack up everything that you do not use- that way it looks like you have ample storage room. Clear the kitchen counter tops of any clutter. I've heard that fresh paint actually turns off a buyer- personally, I'd love fresh paint...
Good luck!

Amy Bell said...

well, i have sold 3 houses. we have moved too much. every time...we family pics...just decor. neutral decor with fresh smells, open closet space and open space in general. i don't know about the craft room. i think creativity hiding the things under the table may be the thing. i just make put valances together, added a cheap curtain rod that would extend from side to side and made a gorgeous refuge for my things. no one can see my clutter and that really is the key. you could have a whole craft wonderland under there!!! :)

Holly said...

I will pray for your decision to sell your house. I wish I could give advice, but I dont know what helps to sell a house. When we sold ours several years ago it we had a contract in 6 hours! It was totally a God thing. We had the tiniest house ever and thought it would be on the market for months.

As for your business, I can't wait to see what you have instore for the new year! You are very talented!

~Debra said...

Praying for you! I absolutely think you should reopen your doors simply because I want to buy stuff. ha!

As far as the house, we just sold ours June of '09. One thing we did during our showings were to leave out bottled waters in ice as well as homebaked goodies & a note thankging them for stopping by. If it was a last minute showing, I just did the water & store-bought snacks. I can't tell you how many compliments we received because of that. The people that bought our house told us that one of the things that hooked them was our southern charm (we are from TX). They really appreciated the time I took to make sure they had a light snack & drinks to hold them over while they were house-hunting.

KMonti said...

I can't speak to everything but I can tell you that Amy Bell had it right. Limit the stuff that you love because it's unique and personal. What makes your house a home for you can make it hard for buyers to see themselves in it. Making your house neutral is key.
I cannot believe I'm about to say this, but I would definitely have a plan to hide or remove your sewing/crafting stuff for showings. Having your stuff out and about looks like you're lacking storage and putting your crafting stuff out in the dining room may make it look like you're lacking room.
As for expanding your business... if the Lord opens the doors and you have the time, why not? Any reason you're thinking of doing this whilst trying to move?
Life sounds like it's full of future "things". I think that's so exciting. Have something to look forward to makes time pass a little faster. Kind of fun, except when you're talking about your babies growing up. Growing up is something we simply do not allow in our home.

April@ Natural Nester said...

I think making it look like a home (and not an empty house) is a good idea. I'd put away the family photos (at least most of them) but having a candle burning, something baking that smells good (cookies, a pie, whatever), etc. is good. And just making sure things are clean (though I'm sure you do that anyway!) We bought our house in spite of the fact that it was dirty, needed a paint job and was generally a mess because we loved the floor plan. However, we might have offered more had it been cleaned up a little.

Ashley said...

Praying for you, your business and your family this 2011! I think it's going to be a great year for you all!

Selling a house is not easy at all, and with kids 100 X harder. You can do it!

Keep in mind that it will be hard once it's on the market, to constantly clean right before someone comes to look at it, have to leave at the drop of a hat because you are thinking- that maybe this one time this family will make an offer.

Kitchen is most important to lots of buyers, organize the garage, and no clutter. Minimize your furniture as well, if you can get rid of some of it for the process, the roomier the better throughout the house.

(I bought my house when I was 23, then sold it two years later. Selling was the hardest process because you want to get the most money you can.... No one understands. All the hgtv shows make selling look easy, but it's draining, especially in this market)

Megan said...

I am a picture fanatic, so it would be really hard for me to put away all the personal stuff like pictures of my son. But that's my main suggestion. When I have been looking at houses and I see another family's picture up, I just think "this is their house" instead of looking around thinking "This could be my house." It sounds really dumb, but it's just a mindset you get in when you see other people's faces in the house.

Jessica said...

I don't have much to offer in the way of house-selling tips since I just bought my first one in April. :) So I will let others speak on that.

And I can totally understand your uncertainty on whether or not to "reopen your doors" due to the many different factors ... but, I for one, would totally miss your postings and shop filled with adorable craftiness. It's a complete inspiration to me ... and hope, if you do take a break, it won't be for too long!!!

Also, Doug's quilt is amazing! :)


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