Dividing your “Treasures”

Preparing Your House to Sell – Tips #11

When I was preparing my own home to be on the market, I definitely practiced what I am blogging and it did pay off! I can also name countless others that I have helped with these exact same tips.  Don’t lose heart! I want to end the inside of the house today and begin the garage.  I will cover the outside of the house on my next blog.

We, that includes you, accumulate way more “stuff” than we ever intend to keep and moving is an excellent time to make a new start.  I recommend dividing your “treasures” into three or four (4th is optional) categories:

1.)    Garbage               2.)  Donate          3.)  Keep              4.)Sell

Where to put all the stuff removed from the house?

  1. RENT A STORAGE UNIT
  2. HAVE A GARAGE SALE
  3. GIVE IT TO CHARITY
  4. PUT IT IN THE ATTIC
  5. STORE IT IN THE CRAWL SPACE
  6. USE A PORTION OR CORNER OF THE BASEMENT
  7. USE PART OR ALL  OF THE GARAGE
  8. AS A LAST RESORT, SACRIFICE A 3RD OR 4TH BEDROOM

As you might imagine, after all the work to this point, #8) using one of the bedrooms to store excess “stuff” is truly an emergency last resort.

Carports must completely cleaned out.  Everything!

Garages should be swept out and organized.  If you have to use part or the entire garage for storage that’s fine, just keep it neat.  Always keep garage doors down while your home is on the market.

If you’re not using the garage for storage keep all cars in the garage and not in the driveway.  Move boats and RV’s to a storage facility or a neighbor’s home several homes away until your home sells.

Whew!  Finally!  I know you are feeling pretty good about your accomplishment by now and your house looks great inside and you are probably feeling better and better about getting a reasonable price without waiting forever on the market.  My next blog will cover the yard and curb appeal in “Preparing Your House to Sell”.

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