The Pre-Prep Stage: Get Ready to Sell Your Home in Style with Fiona’s Guide

Thinking of parting ways with your beloved home in the coming year? That’s fantastic news! But before we dive into the exciting world of staging and listing, there’s a crucial step that often gets overlooked – pre-prepping your home for the market.

I get it, your home is brimming with years of memories and a treasure trove of possessions, and the thought of preparing it for sale might seem totally overwhelming. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you navigate this process with the least amount of stress and the goal of maximizing sale price.

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Why bother with all the purging, decluttering, and organizing? It’s a proven strategy that can make you some serious cash when the time comes to sell. I’ve seen homes go for way over asking price with multiple offers, sometimes raking in an extra $100,000 or more! 

So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get into the good stuff.

Timing is Everything  

Picture this: Ideally You start prepping your home about 6 to 12 months before you list it. Sounds like a lot, right? But fear not! With a little help, it’s a breeze. And if you’ve got kids coming home from college or a school break, why not make it a family affair? Get them involved – it’ll make it easier to say goodbye to those childhood treasures. 

Now, if you’re in a hurry, we can fast-track things to a more efficient 3-month timeline. How? Bring in a “project manager” to keep things running smoothly — that’s where I come in. With my extensive network of resources, we’ll get you started when you’re not sure where to begin. 

Step 1: Let’s Declutter with a Purpose

Before we even think about organizing, let’s declutter like pros. We’re talking room-by-room action here. No need to overwhelm yourself; it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Start with the kitchen, then tackle the basement, and so on.

Here’s a simple system for what to do with your stuff:

  • Say goodbye to anything you haven’t touched in over a year and that’s not worth selling or donating.
  • Donate anything you haven’t used in over a year but that someone else might find useful.
  • Box up items you’ve used in the past year but not recently.
  • Keep things you use daily or weekly.

Let’s get tactical now. Here’s what to do with specific items:

  • Batteries: Dispose of them safely, following your local guidelines.  
  • Miscellaneous clutter: Attack those infamous junk drawers, random kitchen gadgets, and aging cosmetics and toiletries.

Let’s not forget to:

  • Shred and toss unnecessary receipts to clear out that paper clutter.
  • Dispose of outdated documents that are no longer relevant.

Now, let’s bid farewell to:

  • Broken furniture that’s beyond repair or not appealing to buyers
  • Outdated electronics – responsibly dispose of them following local e-waste guidelines.
  • Gently used clothing? Let’s give them a new lease on life through donation.
  • And for those bulky or hazardous items, or if you’ve got a massive junk pile, consider renting a dumpster or giving a junk removal service a call.

Step 2: Time to Tackle the Clutter

Just like with decluttering, we’ll tackle one room at a time.

  • Start with the high-traffic areas – your living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. These spaces leave a lasting impression on potential buyers, so let’s make them shine.
  • I know, it can be tough parting with sentimental items. If you’re selling a home filled with family memories, why not make it a family event? Spend a day going through old clothes and nostalgic items together.
  • If you’re downsizing, think about renting a storage unit for non-essential items. It’ll help you make those tough decisions while keeping your cherished possessions safe.

Step 3: The Art of Organization

Once we’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to organize your home. The goal, even before we get to staging, is to present your home as a blank canvas so potential buyers can envision themselves living in your space.

Let’s break it down:

  • Kitchen: Organize those cabinets and pantry to show off a tidy, clutter-free kitchen.
  • Bathroom: Clear those countertops, organize toiletries, and grab some fresh, white towels to add a touch of luxury.
  • Living room: Arrange your furniture to create a spacious and inviting atmosphere. Show off the room’s potential functionality and flow.
  • Closets: Neat closets with uniform hangers convey ample storage space and contribute to a polished look.
  • Yard: Spruce up the front and back yards, clean up, declutter, and pay attention to details like raking leaves and pool maintenance to create an inviting outdoor space.
  • Office space: Careful not to toss important documents like trusts, wills, insurance policies, tax returns, and power of attorney documents.

And don’t forget to give surfaces throughout your home a good cleaning for that polished and well-maintained appearance.

Fiona’s Resource Guide 

As a seasoned real estate pro, I’ve got a treasure trove of knowledge and a network of trusted contacts to make this process a breeze. Check out some of my go-to resources in Westchester and the surrounding area:

The Resource: Offers Home Management, Organizing, Moving & Relocation, Staging Support, and more. 

123 Organize: Specializes in Move Management, Organizing, and Staging. 

Professional Organizer by Tory: Provides Professional Organizing services. 

Auction Ninja: A leading platform for online estate sales and auctions. 

Black Rock Galleries: Specializes in upscale auctions. 

By following my lead and tapping into my network, you’ll not only sail through the Pre-Prep Process but also maximize your financial gains. Whether you’re starting a year ahead or need a quick turnaround, your home will leave the absolute best impression.

Ready to sell? Contact Fionafor a consultation today!

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