If you’re like me and spend too many weekend days binge watching home improvement shows. They all make it look so easy. Families sell homes within weeks and even days, all while dealing with chaos of living there.
Reality isn’t quite as tidy. Everyone knows that clean homes sell better than dirty, that personal touches can be a turnoff to potential buyers. Still, not everyone can afford to move out of their home while they’re trying to sell. That’s okay. With just a little work, and a good moving company, even an occupied home can be sold fairly quickly.
Paint and clean the floors
Dull, dirty floors and walls can be a major turnoff to potential buyers. Now is the time to paint the walls and clean the carpets. If you have hardwood floors or tile, it’s time for a polish.
Clear all clutter
If you’ve ever seen a staged home, you probably noticed a few things, but the first is that a staged home is completely uncluttered. Uncluttered means more than picking toys up off the floor. It means cleaning out drawers and closets. It means taking personal photos off the walls, including your children’s masterpieces.
Clear all the mismatched furniture
Personally, I’m all about eclectic and colorful decorating, but your next buyer might not be. While matching furniture isn’t a necessity, coherence is. A neutral color scheme with pops of colors show best. If your furniture is torn, stained or chipped, it’s time to replace it, even if it’s only for the sale. A professional stager can do this for you or you can rent furniture through any number of companies.
The right moving company can help you with all of the above. They can pack your clutter and neatly move it into storage. They can even temporarily move your furniture out of the way while you paint and clean.
This last part, though, is completely up to you.
Clean, clean, clean
Get in the habit of cleaning all the time. Dust and vacuum daily. Make the beds the moment people wake up. Wipe down all surfaces right after use. Put everything away.