7 Ways to Prepare Your House to Sell Fast

Preparing your current home to sell is a big hurdle to clear before you can move into your new house. Ultimately, you want your home to show well to potential buyers, allowing you to ask top dollar. However, with minor updates, some elbow grease, and a few work hours, you can get your home in tip-top shape to sell in a competitive housing market.

1. Deep Clean

Never underestimate the power of a satisfying, deep clean. Not only will a good scrub breathe life back into your home, but it can help eliminate odors. Be sure to clean often overlooked areas, like door knobs, vents, light switches, and outlet plates.

2. Neutralize Smells

The fastest way to turn away potential buyers is to have a home that smells like pets, smoke, or mold. Eliminate foul odors with neutral, pleasant scents. You’ll want to avoid overly-fragrant candles and sprays that are overpowering and make it seem like you are trying to cover up other smells.

3. De-Clutter

You want potential buyers to think your home has endless storage space. Eliminate clutter and unnecessary decorations. Now is the perfect time to pack away at least half of your belongings for your upcoming move. Your home will show better with fewer personal items and clutter.

4. Add New Light Bulbs

Dimly lit or dark rooms are a quick turn-off for potential buyers. Adding new light bulbs to your light fixtures is a slight but effective improvement to help prepare your home for sale. Updating dim yellow lightbulbs to improved white LED bulbs helps save energy if your lighting is on throughout the day for multiple showings but helps make your space appear light and bright.

If you can, upgrading your interior lighting to smart lighting can boost your home’s value. Smart lighting can reduce energy usage while making the house more comfortable and livable. Plus, smart lighting makes your home appear modern and updated.

5. Enhance Curb Appeal

Consider a potential buyer’s first impression as they arrive at your home. Next, pay attention to how your home’s curb appeal. Now is a great time to invest in a pressure washer to clean exterior brick, siding, patios, sidewalks, and decks. Not only will your home appear new and fresh, but you’ll show potential buyers that you’ve kept up with general maintenance.

6. Clean the Garage

While the garage, attic, and crawl spaces don’t have to sparkle, they must appear clean, dry, and orderly. A giant pile of boxes in the garage can make the area appear cluttered and small. On the other hand, it’s OK to store items in the garage, especially if you’re preparing for a move, but be sure to limit the number of boxes and ensure they’re tidy.

7. Boost Natural Lighting

People feel better when they walk into a light and airy room. Take advantage of the natural sunlight that comes into your home. Eliminate or replace dark curtains and open the blinds for showings.

When It’s Moving Time

With the proper updates, you can rest assured your home will sell quickly in a competitive housing market. When your home sells, you’ll want professional movers to make the transition to your new home seamless. Contact our experienced team today for a quote.

7 Ways To Help Your Mover on Moving Day

Moving to a new house, condo, apartment, or even a dorm room is a lot of work, no doubt about it. So if you’re like many other people planning a move, you’re hiring a professional mover to help do the heavy lifting and ensure all your possessions arrive safely from point A to point B.

You can help your mover on moving day by taking a few steps to make the process as seamless as possible.

1. Complete All the Packing

Unless you opt for packing and unpacking services, you’ll want to complete all your packing by the time your mover arrives at their scheduled time. Movers have a schedule to keep, and when your boxes are ready to load, it’ll help them to keep on schedule and get you in your new place more quickly.

2. Plan for Children and Pets

Make arrangements for your small children and pets on moving day. In addition to disrupting the movers’ work, this could cause injury to your kids, pets, or the movers themselves.

If you cannot move them from your home, clear a room for them to stay in. For small children, hire a babysitter and keep some toys, books, or electronics to play with. As for your pets—keep the door closed and make sure everyone knows they are there. Include a sign on the door for added safety.

3. Clear Driveways and Walkways

Before moving day, remove any clutter or obstacles from the movers’ pathways. This way, they can avoid injuries or dropping your boxes. In fall or winter, remove any seasonal debris or clear areas if snow or ice is present at your old or new home. Your movers will appreciate the hassle-free and safe access you provide to both locations.

4. Plan for Mover Parking

Ensure your movers have access. Ideally, your mover can park in your driveway or front of the house. However, if you need permits or to make other arrangements for either end of your move, do this before moving day. In addition, notify neighbors to allow for street parking of the moving van.

5. Empty Drawers and Other Furniture Items

Before moving day, check with your movers to see if they require you to empty dresser drawers. And see if you need to disassemble any other furniture items.

6. Label Boxes Clearly

It’s helpful for your movers to know what type of objects are in each box and where you’d like each furniture item or box placed. Putting clear labels on your boxes simplifies things for both you and them. So, label each box on all sides, indicating which rooms they should place the boxes in at your new home. Be sure to label your fragile items as well.

7. Stay Out of The Way and Remain Available

Resist the urge to help your movers, and let your professional team handle your move. But do remain available in case your movers have questions for you. 

Ready to Plan Your Next Move?

Working with a professional mover is a great way to have a quick and efficient relocation experience. To obtain a free quote, give us a call! We’re happy to answer any questions.