Getting your home ready to sell

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Moving | Posted on 03-04-2017

When you talk about selling your home people look at you with sympathy and tell you stories of the problems they’ve faced when they sold their home. But with a bit of careful planning before you sell, it really needn’t be a bigger deal than it already is.

1. Be sure you want to move! This sounds obvious – you are reading this, so you must want to move? But sometimes people put their home on the market to see what interest they get and decide what to do as a result. If you do that, you will not put as much effort into preparing the house or be as enthusiastic about selling. It’s better to trust your Realtor’s opinion on your home’s value and then sell it with enthusiasm.

2. Declutter. I know, this sounds stressful, I am sure there are people breaking into a nervous sweat just reading the word, but it is actually quite good for the soul as well as being essential for moving home. There are lots of systems out there to help you declutter, if you haven’t used it for 6 months you don’t need it, get rid of duplicates, 12-12-12 challenge (12 things thrown away, 12 things donated, 12 things tidied away) use whatever system suits you! If you give yourself plenty of time you can sell some of your unwanted items and make some money, or donate them to charity and feel saintly! You really do need to be brutal though. Once you have had a really good declutter your home should be simple to keep tidy and moving will be much easier!

3. Box and store. After your declutter you will have found there are things that you don’t need often, but don’t want to get rid of. Things like Christmas decorations, camping equipment and equipment for hobbies. You are certain you will need these again (or you would have sold them in your declutter) but you don’t want them making your home look messy. Box them in tidy boxes and label them. Don’t forget to label them, it is very frustrating when you come to move if you can’t remember what is in there! Then put the boxes away somewhere, neatly stacked in the garage or in a friend’s house. Now your house seems bigger and moving will be easier!

4. Decorate/repair. Talk to your Realtor and get some advice about what to repair and the best ways to decorate. Generally speaking, neutral tones are best, they make the house look clean and light and allow people who are viewing to imagine it with their own stamp on it. Your Realtor will have advice about which areas need the most attention.

5. Shampoo carpets. Carpets hold onto a lot of smells around the house that you may not notice. Having them cleaned is a fairly cheap way to make sure the house looks loved and smells lovely.

Your house is now looking lovely and ready to be viewed.

Just be careful that you don’t fall in love with it yourself!

The Moving Process

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Posted by Park Ridge Real Estate | Posted in Moving, Park Ridge Movers | Posted on 27-02-2017

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Park Ridge, IL Movers

Whenever anyone hears the word “moving”, usually the response is “ugh!”

Moving from home to home is a huge project and like most huge projects, there’s really only one way to tackle it – by starting…

The only way to finish a project is to start it – this old adage has been burned into my brain and it is something that helps me get things done for my clients and for my personal tasks.

Moving can be intimidating and for most people, it really is just that.  Here’s a few ways to make this seemingly insurmountable task tolerable:

  • Declutter and throw away anything you cannot donate or give away
  • Decide what you want to sell before you donate items
  • Create a pile for your favorite charity and keep receipt for taxes after you drop it off
  • Have a garage sale and make sure you post the event in Craigslist at least a week ahead of the sale
  • Toys, Tools, Electronics, Bikes, Lawn Equipment will all sell easily
  • Once you’ve pared down your wardrobe and unnecessary items for the move, start putting in boxes that are labeled for their respective rooms (kitchen, BR1, BR2, Bathroom 1 etc)

After decluttering, it’s time to repair walls.  Now, you have to decide if you are going to give the home a fresh coat of paint.  If so, please go with neutral colors; this will help the viewings.  Repair anything you can that needs to be addressed before putting your home up for sale.  Obviously, there will be repairs that you may not be able to do yourself.  An inspection will bring those items to light and this can be negotiated with a prospective buyer.  Just do the best you can to get your home show-ready.

To stage or not to stage? This depends on your home and price point.  If you are selling a home in Park Ridge that will list for more than 400k, staging is something you may want to consider if your décor and furniture is possibly outdated.  If you think your home shows well “as-is” then staging might not be necessary.  I’m happy to give you my professional advice once we’ve had a chance to talk and go over setting the price of the home.

Once you’ve done your best to eliminate old items or items you just don’t use anymore, you can then contact the movers (if you are doing that).
If you are moving yourself, you can contact the major truck rentals and see who is offering best deal if you know when you are moving.  For most 2-3 Bedroom homes, a 26′ truck will do the job and if not, it will definitely do it in 2 trips. Most moving truck rentals give you a full 24 hours so you can pack the truck in the evening and unload it in the morning and then go back to finish the job before dropping the truck off.  Renting a truck and moving yourself will save you thousands of dollars.  That being said – it’s back-breaking work unless you have several helpers…

To summarize:
Declutter your home – get rid of any unwanted items – clean/repair the home best you can for showings – research moving options – start packing!

If you need moving referrals for the Park Ridge area, please feel free to contact me.  I can help by providing reputable movers and save you the aggravation of trying to work with movers that you’ve never worked with.

I wish you the best of luck with your move…..