What to do to get your home ready to sell
To show your home at it’s best, you must:
Declutter, depersonalize and clean, clean, clean!
You can’t control the location of the property or market conditions but you can control the condition of the home being sold.
Decluttering, depersonalizing and cleaning are some of the most important things you can do – and the least expensive. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’ve lived in the same home for many years and don’t know what to do with all the clutter.
We recently went through this exact process and found that by taking it one room or area at a time, the process was much easier. First, we let our (grown) children know that we would be moving and would no longer have room for their stored “treasures”.
Our son was quick to sort through his belongings and whittled it down to just a couple of things, and took them to his home. Our daughter was a little slower, mainly because she had always saved everything. But, she went through her boxes and was happy with suggestions to give the Beanie Babies to The Council on Aging, donate old clothes to Salvation Army, and she decided to throw away tons of old school papers and yearbooks (she did tear out a few pages with her pictures).
During this process, I read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, by Marie Kondo. This was helpful for me to realize how little we really need, and to help with the “letting go” process. I started with my clothes, which really scared Paul.
He thought that by getting rid of so many clothes, I’d have to buy new ones as replacements. However, those were clothes that had been in my closet for years, without being worn. Some were “work clothes”, others because I paid too much for them when they were new, and hadn’t worn them much (if at all), and some were waiting for me to lose a little weight so they would fit again. So, I eliminated most of my clothes! And still have everything that I was wearing anyway.
Before I started, I thought it would be useless, because Paul would never go along with it. He’s always saved things more than me, and had clothes from way back! I started the process anyway, and after a couple of weeks, he asked if I would help him with his clothes.
It’s an amazing process, that helped us move from 3,500 sq. ft. to 1,350 sq. ft. in our current home. We enjoyed having the larger home when we had kids at home, but now, our smaller home is perfect for us.