Preparing to Sell

First things first…a CLEAN and DE-CLUTTERED house will make a buyer feel at ease and comfortable when entering your house.

STEP ONE:

Pack it up and MOVE IT OUT!

Unless you need to use it on a daily basis, it can be packed and moved to a storage unit or a POD.  We want buyers to see your HOUSE, not your things and you’ll be surprised at how open your space is once your unnecessary items have been moved out.  If you are leaving some items as accessories to accent your house, limit it to 3 items on a table.  Accessories are the key to staging, but too many will take away from what you are trying to accomplish.

This includes the DREADED CLOSETS!  De-cluttering your closets will show off how much storage space your house has and we all know, you CAN NEVER have enough storage!!

Storing a lot of your items will not only help your house sell faster and with a higher return, but will also assist you in the moving process.  A house is said to be “staged” when it doesn’t feel like your home any longer.  While that may sometimes be a hard thing to grasp with the memories you have shared in your home, remember that you are taking ALL of your wonderful memories and great times with you to your NEXT HOME.

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STEP TWO:

Clean, clean and clean a little more!

In keeping with the theme of making a buyer feel at ease, a clean house makes a buyer feel like your house is MOVE IN READY.  With everyone having hectic schedules these days, most buyers are looking for homes that require minimal work to be done as soon as they move in.  Clean rooms showcase the house as well as comfort the buyer!

Goodhousekeeping.com has several tips and tricks to quickly and easily get your house to shine.  Here are a few:Doc2

  1. 4 Tablespoons of baking soda and 1 Quart of warm water makes a GREAT All-purpose cleaner
  2. Toothpaste will remove any marker stains off your wood furniture or baseboards
  3. If you have scruffs on your wood, try rubbing a walnut over it (shell removed) 😉
  4. Lemon peel in your disposal followed by cold water will alleviate any garbage disposal smells
  5. A damp sponge with a light sprinkling of baking soda should do the trick for marks on your walls
  6. Use sprinkles of baking soda to deodorize any pet smells on furniture and carpet.  Let it sit for 15 minutes before vacuuming away
  7. Carpet stains? Dissolve 1 Tablespoon of dish soap in 2 Cups warm water and blot the stain with the mixture and a clean cloth until removed

Moral of the story? Invest in some baking soda…it does wonders!  I know this is A LOT of work, but it will be well worth it once you have sold your house!  You never get a second chance to take a first impression, so let’s make sure your house has the BEST first impression on the block.

STEP THREE:

Here comes the “honey-do” list.  If you have any small or nagging items that have needed to be fixed or that you’ve just found while de-cluttering and cleaning, NOW is the time to fix them!  You want to eliminate anything that may cause a buyer to think there could be something wrong with your house; finding tiny issues WILL make them look more closely.

Go room by room and fix everything you see as you go.  Take some caulk around with you for any places where it has worn off over time or any places that need to be re-sealed.  Once you’ve finished these items, it’s time to start the staging…