Selling Your Home? 3 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

One of the stressful aspects of residential moving has nothing to do with the move itself. It’s making sure your old home sells quickly and at the price you request. In today’s world, the look of a home is one of the biggest selling points. Your home’s “curb appeal”, or how it looks from the street, is often a deciding factor during a purchase.

Keep Up with Your Lawn and Landscaping

Your lawn and the landscaping you have added play a huge role in the exterior appearance of your home and the visual appeal it has from the street. If you have already moved and can’t keep up with the lawn care, hire a landscaper to come and mow your grass at regular intervals. If you are still in the home but are preparing for your move, continue to take pride in how your home looks. Keeping up with the lawn and landscaping is the best way to show prospective buyers how well you cared for your home.

Put in a little extra effort and clean up your landscaping. Add fresh mulch. Remove plants that are no longer thriving and add a small statue or other decorative items. Keep the weeds trimmed down and always give the property a good looking over when you finally finish for the day. When it comes to keeping your lawn looking nice, the work will definitely pay off when your home sells.

Make Small Repairs and Touch-Ups

As your home gets older, small imperfections may become more noticeable. The trim around your windows and doors may start to show signs of peeling paint. 

Take a close look at your window shutters. Are all of the slats there? Could they use a new coat of paint? It’s also a good idea to take a close look at your roof and gutters. Remove any debris and make sure that your gutters are clean with no obstructions. This may be a tedious job, but it’s one item on your maintenance checklist that should never be overlooked.

Put up a new mailbox if your old one looks as if it has seen better days. Replace any decorative items that may look out of date or damaged. If you have a porch, add a new chair or two. If you have landscaping, add to it by putting a few hanging planters around your porch. Brighten your home with a few splashes of color and it will do wonders for attracting the attention of new home buyers who are interested in your neighborhood.

Add Exterior Lighting

Exterior lighting serves two important purposes. Not only does it offer additional security, but ambient lighting also enhances the look of your home after dark. Both of these work to keep your home safe by making entryways more visible at night and deterring prowlers from attempting a break-in. Well-placed security lights and those attached to motion-sensors are a great way to show a prospective homeowner that safety was always one of your primary concerns.

Prepping for the Move

When you start to plan for your move and are preparing your current home for sale, remember the power of curb appeal. Take time to spruce up the outside of your home. Potential buyers want a home that portrays an image of both success and stability. Often, this means looking for a home that stands out and gives the passerby something nice and stylish to look at. You want your home to stand out. Keep it looking its best and you will be surprised at how quickly prospective buyers begin to show interest.

If you are prepping for your move check out our blog for other information. Contact us for a moving quote. We’ll assist you with a smooth residential move.

Moving Day: The Ultimate Checklist for Your Residential Move

You have spent countless hours preparing for your residential move. From searching for the ideal new home to gathering moving supplies and from setting up utilities to securing help moving, the big day has finally arrived.

You need continued organization until every last box is moved and unpacked. Moving day is no exception.

This ultimate moving day checklist will help your relocation go smoothly.

The Night Before the Move

Eliminate as much moving stress as possible by prepping the night before you leave. Now is the time to make your final preparations for moving day.

Complete the Packing

If you still have some loose items around, pack them away in boxes or crates. Complete the packing so that you’ll be ready when your movers arrive in the morning. Set aside things like the paperwork that you’ll need for the move.

Make Sure Everything is Labeled

Be sure that you label your boxes as you pack them. Include the contents of the box and the room in which it should be placed in the new house. Double-check all of the boxes at this point to make sure they are labeled or color-coded appropriately. This will avoid confusion at your new place.

Remove the Trash

It’s unnecessary to bring trash or unwanted items from one home to the next. Place your garbage outside in the trash container. That way, you won’t accidentally pack it up and bring it to your new home. This includes any mess created from your packing materials.

Moving Day

Plan to get an early start on moving day. This helps ensure you will have ample time to get everything done. 

Add the following items to your moving day checklist.

Separate Special Items

Make sure the boxes of things you will need right away in your new house are labeled clearly and separated from the other moving boxes. Be sure to tell the movers that these items will be going with you in your car or should be loaded onto the truck last, depending on how you decide to handle them.

Greet Your Movers

Meet your moving team upon their arrival and get the information about the day’s schedule. Provide the movers with any special instructions and ask questions if you are uncertain about the timeline.

Stay Available While the Truck is Loaded

Remain around and accessible to the movers while they are loading your belongings. They might have questions for you that only you, as the homeowner, can answer.

Clean the Rooms as They are Cleared

Now is the time to complete last-minute cleaning since the boxes and furniture are out of the way. 

Walk Through the House

When everything is out, complete a final walkthrough of the home. Check every cabinet, drawer, and closet to ensure there are no straggling items left behind. After making that final walk-through, alert your moving team.

Final Goodbyes

Take a few minutes and allow for some closure by saying goodbye. Spend a little time in your favorite family spots, including the yard. Say goodbye to your old home.

Transfer the Keys and Paperwork

If you’re leaving a rental home, you might need to drop off keys and paperwork with the landlord or leasing office. 

If you’re moving out of a sold home, prearrange the key transfer with your realtor. Then lock the house place the keys in the pre-designated location.

Upon Arrival at Your New Home

Meet up with the moving team. Provide any direction they might need at the new home. Stay available for questions here as well.

Tips for a Smooth Moving Day

Use these tips to help your moving day go off without a hitch. You will soon be settled into your new home!

If you are still making preparations for your move, contact us.