This post will be about everything I did to get ready for the House going on the market. I do suggest that the minute you know you will be listing your home, start working. Even if there is still a month or 2 before, get on it.
I use to get very overwhelmed thinking I had lots of time to get the house ready, it’s a lot of work to do and life still goes on and the next thing I knew we had to rush, rush, rush. So, now I get on it right away.
First I get together some sort of notebook, think of categories and get some post it flag notes of some kind to start the process. I also print a current & next month calendar to write on & plan before writing it in my planner as I use them for a rough copy.
Make lists of areas you need to get to first. Make a second list of the areas that you would like to get to and what needs to be done. Tackling the harder parts first makes it easier and not too overwhelming to do the rest, also you wont have the harder jobs in the end. Always do the bigger tasks first. Also, make a list of projects while you are checking each floor, like if any area needs painting, a light bulb to be changed, even if a piece of furniture is to be moved out. So you are not always wasting to much time everyday with walk thru and lists.
Here we go;
Get some boxes, bins, tape, garbage bags.
Declutter! I start with the most cluttered places like closets, junk drawers, kitchen counters, bathroom counters, pantry, basement, office, & toy room.
I go thru used items, get rid of things not needed, & pack the things we wont be using or needing until after the move.
Go thru each floor. When you have time to work with before the actual listing of the house that helps. When going thru each floor think of what you can pack, stage the house with (if needed) and write everything down. Pack extra decor or unneeded decor. It does save time when having to clean in a rush.
Kitchen-pack up things in cupboards and drawers you know you won’t be using, if you can empty out a lower cupboard you can store appliances that you may use a lot that sit on your counter. I have done that and it is a huge help to have things I need but don’t want them on the counter so that I can free up the clutter. It helps make it feel and look bigger. It’s also a huge time saver to not have to wipe them down all the time. Out of sight but still in arms reach.
De-personalize! Clear that fridge, pack up those pictures & art work & even notes that you have hanging on the fridge. Clear picture frames from furniture. I have heard that the more pictures you have and the more it feels like your home a buyer can’t see themselves in that home. Not saying you can’t have your kids or family pictures but limit the amount of them all around the house. Pack up kids artwork you may have out on display.
To have less out saves time means less to clean, easier to up keep with and makes spaces feel bigger. You want it to almost be like a staged model home. Of course we live in our houses and we have kids and animals, but things that aren’t needed out and aren’t something we use can get packed away. This also makes it much easier to up keep for viewings and open houses.
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