My hubby and I have decided that we want to put our house on the market and move closer to the city. With that being said, my home project to-do list is going to change dramatically since we’ll be getting rid of a lot of stuff. This is also giving me the opportunity to come up with new organizing ideas and solutions since living in the city usually means limited space. I also need to start preparing our house for sale. Come along for the journey…
My family and I have moved several times and the best advice I can give you is prepare months in advance. If you wait till last-minute, it will be chaotic and lets face it, packing takes TIME!
Tip: A three bedroom home usually requires about 100 boxes.
I find packing enjoyable (yes, I know, I’m weird). I start early, pack room by room, label each box, and then after packing each box I print an inventory list (one goes inside the box and I keep an extra copy with me in my moving binder for when I’m unpacking). Here I go again with my binders, but they really do keep you organized.
Inside my moving binder, I will have:
- Moving checklist
- Inventory lists
- Notebook and pen
- Extra moving and blank labels
- Moving receipts (save for tax time)
- Floor plan of the new house
- Neighborhood map with directions (I will give 2 copies to the movers).
- New home address labels
- Business cards from real estate agent, home inspector, general contractor, and anyone else you might need to contact.
Below are suggestions on how to prep and stage your home.
The Goal: Sell your home (this means making your home irresistible to the buyer!)
- De-Personalize and De-Clutter – Real estate agents will tell you to get rid of ALL your personal touches (ex: photographs). Remember once the for sale sign is in your front yard, it is no longer your home. Buyers want to imagine themselves in this house; they don’t want to see your family pictures. De-cluttering is always difficult, but it just has to be done. Below are a suggestions on de-cluttering:
- If you haven’t used it in over a year, donate it or throw it away (I think I’ll be having another garage sale and donating what isn’t sold).
- Remove all books from bookcases and pack them.
- Pack up all knickknacks and photographs.
- Clean everything off the kitchen counters. I suggest leaving only one kitchen appliance on the counter tops (usually a coffee pot).
- Organize all drawers, cabinets, and closets (office, bedroom, bathroom, etc.) Buyers love to snoop through your things. If a buyer sees how organized you are, they’ll know you took great care of the house.
- Closets – organize by color coding, shirts buttoned, facing the same direction, and use the same color hanger (white or wood). This will make the closet look larger and put together.
- In the kitchen – alphabetize spice jars, neatly stack dishes, turn coffee cup handles the same direction. Tip: make sure you don’t have any dishes in the dishwasher.
I know this seems overwhelming, but you can do it! Remember the goal is to sell your home.
- Make sure the laundry is done, folded and put away. Tip: don’t have dirty laundry lying around. Have the washer and dryer free of any laundry.
- Remove larger pieces of furniture that block paths and walkways. Leave only the necessities in each room to showcase the rooms purpose. You want to show the rooms maximum space.
3. Minor Repair List:
- Fix holes in walls and touch up the paint
- Paint walls a neutral color
- Replace burned out light bulbs
- Wash windows inside and out
- Pressure wash driveway, garage, walkway, etc
- Polish faucets, mirrors, hardware
- Clean out the refrigerator, freezer and pantry
- Clean the over
4. Curb Appeal – Everyone knows if you see a pretty house from the outside you’ll want to see what the inside looks like. If a buyer doesn’t like what they see from the outside, they won’t go inside and there won’t be a sale. To make sure all buyers like what they see the following are suggested:
- Keep sidewalks/pathways clear and clean.
- Mow the lawn weekly.
- Plant flowers and make sure the bushes are trimmed.
- Make sure your house number is easy to read from the street.
I hope these tips help you prepare for your moving journey. I’m ready to start de-cluttering, packing and making my moving binder. Are you?