So you’ve got a plan to move? Based on finances, school start and stop times, and new opportunities, you plan to list your house in about 6 months. The idea of packing and moving again is the stuff of nightmares to you, so you try to suppress the thought at all costs.
Getting your belongings organized can seem like a low priority, so why do it now? Because it can simplify your next move while helping to improve your chances of selling your home faster and for more money. Like that idea? Read on.
Getting organized means eliminating items from your home while clearing clutter. One of the first things agents and experts who stage homes for sale will tell you to do is to de-clutter. When the clutter is gone, the home shows better and offers a “clean slate” view to potential buyers. A clutter-free house separates it from the pack of other homes shown in your area.
If you’re used to putting off the process of getting organized to wait until you accept an offer, break the habit now. Doing all this now means when you accept an offer you won’t be thrust into high gear because the buyer wants to close escrow quickly. While your agent can negotiate the closing date, there are times when a faster closing is a must. Rent-backs are great if you can get them. If you can’t move quickly, that may kill a deal for buyers who need the home ASAP, robbing you of a potentially great selling price.
To prepare for your move, sort piles of belongings into groups:
- Maybe, and
The “maybe” pile is the one you box up and seal for a while. If you don’t need any of those items boxed up during the next six months, then think about donating what’s inside.
It’s important to give yourself plenty of time. Patience is a virtue. When it comes to sorting through personal papers and memorabilia, it will take you a lot longer than other items. Be sure to leave some extra time for walks down memory lane.
Next, store your items in clear plastic bins to offer yourself a quick view of what’s inside. Cardboard boxes or colored bins are okay, too. Use a pen to clearly label what’s inside and the room it will go in at your new home.
Get rid of the paper. Paper trails follow patterns from room to room. Magazines, newspapers, documents, advertisements, or receipts tend to pile up. Go through your files and reduce the paper by shredding or recycling documents you don’t need.
The most valuable tip you can get from this advice is to do this all NOW.
As soon as you finish reading this, start scheduling dates to organize each room of your house. This will help you block off time to get started and prevent procrastination. If you take care of things right away, you’ll find that life gets simpler.
The same goes for your move. Once you’re in your new home, you can pat yourself on the back for planning your move six months earlier. Just think how nice it will be to unpack only those items you treasure.
Are you ready to buy your next home?
Source: Realtytimes, TBWS