Timing your move perfectly is a very tough thing to do. Since many people have to live in their home until they sell, we want to offer some tips on how to make the process go as smooth as possible.
The first thing we would encourage people to do is start packing things up now. A lot of people want to hang onto things and pack everything up at the last second, but this only makes the selling process a bit more complicated than it needs to be.
Next, we recommend storing, selling, throwing away, or donating things you are not using anymore. If there is stuff you’re not using anymore or that you’re planning on selling, think about giving it away to a local charity, throwing it out, or selling it. There’s simply no reason to hold on to it if you’re done with it!
The next thing you need to do is get the house looking squeaky clean. It’s amazing how big of a difference having a clean house will make when you’re selling. It sounds crazy, but having a clean house can literally make a $5,000-$10,000 difference.
While the home is on the market, you need to be sure to maintain the privacy and security of the home. Since you’re going to be showing the home to strangers, you need to ensure your valuables are secure and put away.
Lastly, involve your kids in the process. We’ve found that families who include their kids in the process are a lot less stressed. Sometimes you can make cleaning up the home before a showing a game or a competition. This won’t work for every kid, but there are ways to get your whole family involved in the moving process.
If you do it all right, you might not even have to show your home that much before it sells! If you have any questions or if you would like our help, don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We would love to hear from you!