Whether junk or treasure, pack it up to prep home for sale

     You are closer to getting your home ready for it's big sale day.  Take a deep breath and keep on going towards your goal.

Her is a biggie for many people.  We all collect junk but we do not think of it as junk.  Instead we squirrel it away under the name "Treasure".  Over years, we accumulate a lot of "Treasures".

Well, if you have not used a "Treasure" in a year, you probably do not need it.  So why not give it away to a needy family or donate it to a charity.  Or you can always just throw away.


Next, remove all the books from bookcases.  Pack them away.  Also pack up those knickknacks.  Clean the bookshelves. 

Then go through all your kitchen cabinets and toss what you don't need.  Organize the rest.  Go as far as you need to.  Alphabetize spice jars.  Neatly stack dishes.  Turn all the handles on the coffee cups facing the same way.

Move everything off the kitchen counters.  You can put your essential items used daily in a box and tuck it away in a convenient closet when you are not using them.

Remove all small appliances such as blenders, mixers, toasters, toaster ovens, coffee pots, electric can openers.  I call this "getting a head start" on packing.

Of course, if you are still living in the house do not pack away items you need and use every day.  Put these under the counter in the cabinets you have emptied so you can use them as needed.

Prospective buyers love to open cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms.  Think of the message it sends if they open a cabinet and stuff falls out!  You want yours to look much bigger  and they will because they will be empty of junk and clutter.

Next, focus on rearranging bedroom closets and bathroom cabinets.  Clear out drawers that have too much stuff and cannot close easily.  Line up shoes in your closet and get everything off the floors in cabinets and closets.

Now just imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized.  She will feel confident that you take good care of the rest of the house as well.

The next step sounds drastic but it really is the best solution for certain sale.  Rent a storage unit near by.  Almost every home shows much better with less furniture.

Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage.

Now, because there are no longer books on your bookcase shelves, store them.

Remove extra leaves from you dining room table to make the room appear larger.  Also, store extra chairs that do ot fit properly with the table.

Leave just enough furnitue in each room to showcase the room's purpose and give lots of space to move around in.  You do not want buyers to be scratching their heads and asking" what is this room used for?"

Staging a house for sale is like a bedtime story -  it has to have a happy ending.  Keep smiling!  Your goal is in sight and you can reach it.

(from the Bluffton Sun, Diamond Riegel, contributor)


Gail Shafer

Gail Shafer

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