Listing your home is a huge undertaking and it can be exciting and stressful all at the same time. Preparing to put your home on the market has both logistical challenges as well as emotional hurdles. I can tell you first hand because we are going through it right now. Everyone understands they need to clean, paint, declutter, and make your property the belle of the ball but where do you start?
Where do you put the stuff you are supposed to de-clutter?
- PURGE – it’s an awesome time to streamline your belongings – garage sale, craigslist, donation (Covenant House clothes – mens women children) it’s hard, but avoid the pitfall of saying to yourself, “I’ll deal with this after we move” the last thing you wanna do is bring boxes of crap that you don’t need into your new space. So be diligent, be ruthless and feel the freedom of moving into your new space with only what you love.
- STORE – For the stuff you need to get out of your current space but are planning to keep, get a storage locker – it’s cheaper than you think. For example Maple Leaf Storage offers pay one month and get the second free
- BOOK YOUR MOVERS – the lead time needed is important because you want to make sure they are available. We had You Move Me come in and walk through with their iPad and determine cost, truck size, boxes, furniture and then lock down a date
- FIX – have your realtor walk through and give you an honest evaluation of what buyers are going to get hung up on. I hear what buyers are fixated on and those are the areas that you should pay attention to.
- PICTURES – with buyers doing the majority of searching on-line from all corners of the world it’s critical that your photos are perfect. A Professional photographer who can also get the drone and video is money well spent and should be covered by your realtor. We used Barn Owl Photography who are great.
Emotionally you need to prep your kids for the conversation about moving. Make it an adventure. Budget for some dinners out so you won’t have to make a mess as well as maybe a cheap hotel for the ‘open house’ weekend. Pick one with a pool for the kids and they’ll think moving is a pretty sweet experience. It’s a hundred dollars you won’t regret spending.