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.
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:
Let’s get tactical now. Here’s what to do with specific items:
Let’s not forget to:
Now, let’s bid farewell to:
Just like with decluttering, we’ll tackle one room at a time.
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:
And don’t forget to give surfaces throughout your home a good cleaning for that polished and well-maintained appearance.
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 Fiona for a consultation today!
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