Let’s face it, moving can be very hard. It’s true that we have a lot of tips to make moving simpler, but lately, we’ve been chatting with our customers who are trying to keep sane while listing their homes.
Typically, you interview a few realtors, go with someone who is experienced and seems capable, and then they say those magical words “Let’s get this place ready to list!”. Sounds fairly simple, right? Except the general rule of thumb is to remove a lot of your personal things, make the home look more generic so that anyone can envision themselves living there, and then…you have to live there during the selling process! You also have to be ready to get out of your house when there are showings, which is pretty much impossible when you have kids or work from home.
We’ve compiled a few tricks to help make listing and living in your house easier.
Before You List
Look at your house when you drive up. What do you see? Strangers might focus on the old kids’ slide or the broken bird bath. You want to look at your exterior first and clean it up. This might be adding some mulch and weeding to make your garden beds look fresh, and decluttering outside.
Store What You Can
If you have a lot of exterior clutter, consider getting a small storage unit like many of our customers do. Especially if you know you’re moving before the next season, you might as well move these items now, so your home sells better. We’re talking about the snow blower that makes your garage look smaller, or the wheelbarrow that you will not need in the middle of the winter.
If you have things you won’t use, like Christmas décor, before your move, put these into organized bins and get them to your storage unit. Always make sure you label things and take a picture of your storage unit contents before you leave your unit. This will help you find things, and give you peace of mind.
The good news is, this first “storage unit trip” will also help you understand what to keep, give away or sell, when you move into your new home. If you’re downsizing, you probably can give away or sell things. If you’re moving up in house size, then you will want to keep items.
No matter how hard you try, if you’re living in your home while you list it, you will need to keep some personal items! The best tip we have heard from a realtor is to move all like things to one space. For example, instead of letting the kid clutter be in every single room (we are guilty of this!), pick a room and move all kid stuff there. People can understand that there are toys in a play room. They start to focus on the toys (and not your house) when they are in every room.
Also, try and keep your personal items as organized as can be, but not over-organized, as that’s impossible to maintain. So, for blankets, instead of having them all over, you might want to get a bench with storage inside of it, and keep blankets there. Or in your pantry, get large wire baskets to store boxes of pasta, or other dry items, instead of trying to keep them lined up on a shelf.
Before A Showing:
Sometimes, you don’t get a lot of notice that there is a showing. Which means you have to be ready and that can be a drag. Unfortunately, you have to get comfortable with having your plans thrown for a loop and accommodating showings, because your home is a big asset and you want to get the best price for it.
Keep your home about 95% ready to show. As in, you would not be embarrassed to show your house to strangers, and if you did 5% more work, you’d be really proud.
Before your leave your house, try and do the following:
Kitchen & Dining Room:
A few realtors have given us some other tips:
We know these tips helped us stage and live in a house and we hope these make your life easier too! Check out these additonal tips for staging your home.
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Good luck selling your home!
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