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10 Tips for Getting your Home Ready to Sell

1. Clean up the Yard

The outside of your house is the first thing the buyer is going to see when they see your property. Make sure the grass is cut, trim the bushes, weed the garden, and plant flowers, all for a better curb appeal.

2. Tidy up the Exterior

Along with your yard, the actual aesthetic of the exterior of your home is crucial to selling your home. Power wash your house where needed, clean out the gutters, and clean the windows.

3. Make the Front Entrance Welcoming

Add a fresh coat of paint to your front door, as well as replace old house numbers so that they are easily visible from the street. Buy a new welcome mat and consider hanging a festive decoration on your front door too.

4. Make Repairs

Fix anything that may be broken! Everything from the windows to the doorknobs. Having everything in tip-top shape makes the home more appealing to buyers.

5. Declutter

Decluttering your home will make it feel more spacious as well as allow the buyer to envision where all of their things will go. Use some of these tips to clean out some of your items.

6. Wipe Down Everything

Everything from the floors to your countertops and all the other surfaces of your home should be wiped down before a showing.

7. Remove Unpleasant Odors

If you have pets or messy kids, there is a good chance your home has odors. Spraying air fresheners, lighting candles, and using air freshener plug-ins in each room are all good ideas. Consider getting your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned to remove set in odors.

8. Organize the Closets and Drawers

Buyers are going to be looking at how they will fit all their belongings into these spaces. Organize them with these tips to show them how much room your house has.

9. Make the Buyer Comfortable

Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature before the buyer comes to your home so they aren’t too hot or cold when they get there. Setting the temperature prior to the buyer’s arrival also prevents buyers from possibly having to listen to the air conditioning unit blasting out air. Make a batch of cookies or treats to show the buyer you want them to enjoy their time while looking at your house.

10. Use a Zippy Shell Storage Unit

Use one of our portable storage containers to store excess furniture and any other items you do not want in your home during the selling process. We’ll deliver the container directly to your door then store it in our secure climate controlled facility. Out of view of your potential homebuyers!

Zippy Shell Box Truck

How to Load a Moving Truck

Whether you choose to have our moving professionals pack up your belongings, or you choose to pack them into the shell yourself, it is important to know the best way to do it.

Preparation

Start doing all your laundry ahead of time so that you do not have to wash your clothes on moving day before packing them up. Take the same measures with your fridge. Use or donate your leftover food and frozen items so that nothing will go bad before the move.

Valuables

It is a good idea to keep your important papers like birth certificates and passports with you personally instead of packing them into the moving truck, in case of an emergency.

Heavy Objects

Just like when you are packing a box, load your heaviest items first and on the bottom. From there, you can load the smaller items on top.

Mattress

Take exceptional care when loading your mattress. You sleep on it every night and you want to keep it in the best condition possible. Lay the mattress flat instead of standing it up or leaning it. This will prevent the cushion inside of it from being moved around. Also make sure to wrap your mattress in a mattress cover to prevent further damage.

Tables/Desks

Place your tables or desks in the moving truck their normal way of standing. You can then slide boxes and other items in underneath and on top of them.

Dresser

Pack your dresser right into the truck, but make sure to wrap it in moving blankets. Fill your drawers up with your clothes to save space. This can be done with smaller nightstands and desk drawers too. Be sure to secure your drawers with straps so that they don’t go flying open when the truck turns.

Empty Space

Fill in open space with little items and boxes. Pack everything in tight so nothing moves around while the truck is in motion. Rolling up small rugs and carefully placing them in small openings is a great way to cushion your items.

Blankets/Towels

Use blankets or towels to wrap up fragile items. This saves space, as well as the time and money it takes to use bubble wrap to wrap up your items.

closet

The Best Closet Organizing Tips

Purge

The easiest way to make more room in your closet is to first, get rid of everything you don’t wear.  Use some of these tips to figure out what you really need.

Use empty wall space

Instead of hanging up your scarves, belts and any other accessories on hangers, hang up towel rods and string your items across the rod.

Shoe Organizer

Use a shoe organizer to hang shoes on the back of your door. Also, consider getting a boot organizer if you have a lot of boots, to get them off the floor and stacked on top of each other to minimize space.

Quality Hangers

Get rid of your old plastic hangers and buy nice wooden or padded hangers. Your clothes deserve the best and will be less likely to rip on better hangers.

Seasonal Organization

Organize your clothing items by the season you wear them in.  Move clothes for the off season to the back of your closet and rotate clothes for the current season to the front.

Prioritize

Store your most used items at eye-level for easy access. Store items you don’t use as often up on shelves.

Color Code

Color coding your items makes it easier to find what you are looking for.

Portable Drawers

Add portable drawers underneath your closet rod where all your clothes hang to increase space to store items.

Hat rack

Hang a hat rack over the front of your closet door so your hats are on display. You will have easy access to it and it won’t take up any space in your closet.

Revamp your Attic

10 Things You Should Get Rid of Right Now 

Clothing 

If you have gone over a year without wearing an item of clothing, donate it.  You may be saving it for that “one event” you could wear it to, but if it has gone this long without being worn the chances are it will never get worn.

Take-out Menus 

You can find almost any menu to your favorite restaurant online now, so recycle those old menus.

Games with missing pieces

You may still be able to play it, but it is not the same.  Get rid of it and play a game you can truly play.

Halloween Costumes

Your old costumes may have some sentimental value to you, but you can’t ever rewear it so they are just taking up space.

Paint 

It is hard to properly store paint.  So, if you have your old cans sitting in your garage with crusty paint on the lids, it is time to toss those.  Make sure you look up how to safely dispose of the cans before throwing them away.

Movies

If you really aren’t going to watch a DVD again, give it away or sell it.  It will just be collecting dust until then.

Formal Wear 

Items like a bridesmaid or prom dress were only meant to be worn the one time you wore them, and never again.  Help someone out and donate them or make some money by selling them.

Shoes

If any of your shoes have rips or holes, toss them right now.  If they are still good, but you can’t remember the last time you wore them, donate them to a thrift store.

Books

Be honest with yourself if you are ever going to reread that book that hasn’t moved off its shelf in years.  Donate it to someone who could enjoy it.

Makeup

Expired makeup can accumulate bacteria that is bad for your face and eyes.  Just because you think you will still use this makeup doesn’t mean you should.