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Free Access: Real Talk Real Estate: Packaging up your house the right way

I can hardly believe that it’s December! Can you believe the whole year is behind us and 2023 is practically here? While you are wrapping up all those holiday gift packages, I thought now would be a great time to give you some pointers and tips on the best way you can present your home for sale.

Here are a few of my go-to pointers for helping sellers stage their homes to highlight all the best features you have, and the best news for you is that these are all free! That’s right, all of these recommendations will make a big impact on the showings of your home and will not cost you a dime!

Minimize

The first thing I recommend is to depersonalize and minimize your decorations and furniture. Make sure that you don’t have any family pictures, monograms, framed awards, etc. Remove any and all items displayed on your fridge, all “extra” furniture that is along walls or in common pathways.

I think anything that you are using for extra storage should be cleaned out and removed. This could be actual furniture or storage accessories. The worst message you can send to your potential buyers is a lack of storage or space. You want everything to feel and look simplified, spacious, and organized.

Declutter

The next thing you should do is clean out and declutter every closet, cabinet, and drawer. I see a ton of homes where things are “staged” well, but once you open a closet, cover your head!

Newsflash: Every buyer who looks at your home is going to look in your cabinets and closets. They should be clean and neat with the very least amount of items stored in them. Don’t stack 30 cups and 40 containers from top to bottom, y’all, or have a million towels and blankets crammed in a closet. Have the minimum normally needed to survive, then pack what you can’t live without and store it in the attic or garage.

We should see extra space in all these areas when you are done. You need to give the illusion you haven’t even used all your available real estate! Disclaimer: This process will likely end in a trip to the Goodwill drop-off!

Deep Clean

The last thing I recommend you do is deep clean. This is not a standard or normal cleaning. I want you to wash all your walls, doors, and trim, inside and outside. I want you to Windex every piece of glass, window, or mirror you own. I want you to clean behind your stove, fridge, washer and dryer, and every piece of furniture you own. This is the kind of cleaning you would do if you had a serious OCD disorder and were concerned for your life if anything was left untouched. If you need a list, I have one I can send you!

For those who are dedicated enough to complete this list before selling your home, I can promise you it will pay off big and you will be glad you did it! I wish you all the best as you prepare for the new year, and as always, I offer a complimentary consultation if you need help making your list of to-dos.

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