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09 July 2018

Guest Blog: Justin Harve Realtor

Home Seller Tips: How to Prepare for a Move AND Keep Your Home Looking Good

Selling a home involves a lot of staging. To properly stage a home, the homeowner must boost curb appeal, keep clutter out of view and keep the boxes out of the way. The challenge is that many people planning to sell their home are also planning a move at the same time. Moving and staging at the same time can be hard. Pulling off a relocation and a home sale simultaneously takes planning, organization and help from professionals. If you're looking to maximize your home's appeal while gearing up for the big move, these tips can help.

Declutter Early

Clutter is the enemy of a home seller, because clutter can make a home look dark, messy, and smaller than it actually is. Clutter is also the enemy of a person who is moving because clutter isn't necessarily the kind of stuff they want to take with them on the move. Homeowners who know that they'll be moving sometime in the next year can start by decluttering their home months in advance. Decluttering can make the home more attractive while also making moving easier.

Decluttering is an involved process. Homeowners may start by decluttering the common areas of the home, where home buyers will focus the most attention. Removing clutter from the living room, kitchen and dining room can make those rooms look more attractive to buyers. Once these areas of the house have been cleared of unwanted stuff, home sellers can move on to clearing parts of the house where buyers will are less likely to look, like in the closets, attic, garage and shed.

There are many ways that homeowners can declutter their space. Holding a garage sale, selling unwanted items online, giving away sentimental items to family members and throwing away clutter leftover can help homeowners make their home more presentable to buyers.

Stay on top of Lawn Care

Lawn care is very important when a home is up for sale as it relates directly to overall curb appeal. Home buyers expect to see green grass, colorful flowers and well-trimmed shrubs. Many home owners have little time to care for their lawns while they're also managing a move and keeping the house clean for showings.

The best way to ensure that the house will look its best when buyers drive up is to hire a professional lawn care company. Homeowners on a budget can still stay on top of lawn care by hiring a local help at a reduced rate, or simply do it themselves. Landscaping is easily one of the most common improvement projects that can affordably be contracted out or done as DIY

One thing sellers will want to avoid is lawn care tools filling up the garage or whatever storage space they are housed for the same reasons they don't want clutter in their closets. If space is an issue, then the next step would be to find space outside of the property for storage.

Consider Renting a Storage Unit

Once the home seller has listed the house, an offer can be made quickly. To stay on top of the situation, many people start packing as soon as the house is listed, if not before. Boxes are unattractive and can also obscure the dimensions of a room, making large spaces look much smaller. Keeping boxes out of the house can help the home look more attractive to buyers. Removing boxes also makes it easier to move around during the packing process, which can help the packing process go faster. A storage facility is the perfect place to keep boxes while moving.

Many storage units will rent space by the month, so home sellers can rent space as soon as it's needed, and can get rid of the space after the move is complete. Home sellers who are interested in this option can start by calling their local storage facility to ensure that month-to-month leases are available.

Seek Help from A Professional Mover

Working with a professional mover can make the moving process much easier for home sellers. A professional mover can pack up the home in a much shorter period of time, making the packing process much less of a hassle. Professional movers can also pack up a home without creating as much mess and chaos as a homeowner who must pack while also making dinners, dealing with buyers and cleaning the house on a regular basis.

Moving and selling a house at the same time is possible. Following these tips can help the home selling process go smoothly and with less stress.

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