Getting your home ready for sale: How many articles have you read about this subject? No doubt,there is a lot of good information out there.
Sue and I wanted to come at this from a slightly different angle.
We have purchased another home in November, closing at the end of January. Three months later (after renovation), we will move. The new home is not a significant down size but there are storage issues. We are planning on putting our present home up for sale at the end of January.
So what did we do differently to prepare for the change?
We got together as a family (we have a high school senior) and came up with a plan. This plan primarily emphasized the De-cluttering ie cleaning out of our accumulated "valuables"!
Deciding what to part with is a tough process. Record albums from the '70's? Your son's baseball trophies? 10 extra pairs of running shoes? Kids Toys? A Wii Game? Exercise Equipment? My leisure suit collection? (just wanted to see if you are really reading this blog)
Once we got started, we were surprised how easy it was to part with the majority of these items.
So here is what we asked ourselves?
- Is there a strong sentimental value attached to this item?
- Have we used this item, worn these clothes in the past year?
- Is this item outdated, obsolete?
- Is this item a collectible? (our sons comic books)
- Is this item going to be worth something in the future? (my 50 year old baseball cards)
- Will I use this item in the new house or will it end up back in the closet?
After asking ourselves these questions we had a plan.
- Our son has put some of his toys and his Wii game for sale on EBay. Other toys are for sale at our local antique booth. Other toys have been donated to Goodwill. All items are priced to sell!
- I am converting all of my outdated albums, cassette tapes, VCR tapes, and photo negatives to formats that I can use on my computer.
- Clothes have put together and donated to Goodwill.
- Furniture has been donated to a local charity
- We are evaluating all of the exercise equipment that we have. Can we move it to the new house or do we join the local health club? (Some has already been donated)
The next step on our plan is to have a garage sale on March 1st. All items that have not sold on EBay, plus some other items, are available for sale.
After the garage sale we decide what to donate to our local charities.
Here is how we look at the "stuff" we have accumulated through the years:
- We bought items needed for that period of our life.
- We bought items because we needed them or just wanted them
- Items break or become obsolete
- We did not buy these items with the thoughts of selling them for profit
- The majority of these items do not become collectibles
- These items were enjoyed but have no sentimental value
- We enjoyed the items
- It is time for a change
The Wells Team has been guiding our real estate clients for over 11 years! Now it is time to listen to our own advice.
Remember: When you start to have the conversation about listing your home for sale, START THE CLEANING PROCESS EARLY!
The Wells Team of Keller Williams Community Partners