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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!

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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.

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Decluttering tips

Have a spot for everything

Create adequate storage spaces for your items so nothing is cluttered.  Try storing items in the general location of where you use them for convenience.

Know that it’s okay to have a junk drawer

Some things really don’t have a perfect spot to be placed, so a junk drawer is necessary.  Pencils, erasers, tape, and other small objects get used all the time but don’t have an efficient way to be stored, so have a junk drawer for items like these.

Acknowledge that life is about experiences, not tangible items

When deciding whether or not to buy something, consider if it would be better than putting that money towards a trip somewhere, or a nice dinner.  Plus, these experiences don’t take up any space in your home.

Make it a habit to put things away

It’s easy to say, “I’ll put it away later,” and then end up forgetting about it and leaving the item there.  Force yourself to just put the item away after you use it, and after repeating this practice it will become muscle memory.

Purge frequently

Arrange a few times a year strictly for purging.  Having a certain date marked on your calendar will help you make it a routine to get rid of the things you don’t need.

Don’t fill your house to the brim

Let the size of your house determine how much can fit into it.  Don’t try to stuff your house with everything you own.  Couple the number of belongings you own with how much your house can hold.

Don’t try to declutter your whole house at once

Take each step room-by-room.  Attempting to clean out your entire house in one day is near impossible.  No one has that kind of time or energy and it can become very overwhelming.  By attacking one room at a time you will be much more productive, and will get a better sense of what needs to be in each room.

Manage your papers

First, have a certain place or bin to put mail when it first arrives.  When you get around to going through it, make sure to put bills and other important papers somewhere safe and accessible.  Sort out what catalogs you want to keep and which you can just recycle.  When a new catalog arrives try to recycle old ones.