Archive | January, 2012

Real Estate Readiness- Preparing Your Home For Sale

22 Jan

Well, since I just spent every waking moment of  two of the last three weeks prepping our condo for sale, I thought I’d share some of the things that we did.

1. Clean your windows inside and out.

Living Room staged

Open blinds, clean windows and turn on the lights

2. For small chips in floor tile, white out or nail polish works wonders. For chips in furniture, a similar colored sharpie will do the trick. {yep, I admit to using these tactics.}

3. An ice cube {let it melt} and a wide-tooth comb will help eliminate depressions in carpet where furniture used to be.

4. Remove anything installed that does not convey. For example, I had a wall of Elfa Shelving in my office and two Capiz Shell Chandeliers in the bedroom. When the buyer sees things attached to the property that don’t convey, they may start subtracting dollars from your list price. Plus, they may see more work from damage to walls, etc.  I removed and stored my shelving {parts & contents are ready for packing}, repaired and painted holes from wall anchors {less for me to do on move day} and purchased two neutral and inexpensive drum shades to replace the chandelier ‘shades’. A little bit of effort and no one’s the wiser {except you}.

Remove/replace what doesn't convey

5. Double check your caulking around tubs and sinks- Eliminate mold and mildew with diluted bleach and re-caulk. It’s worth the effort.  Here’s a great tip for easy (and neat) caulking with painter’s tape from YoungHouseLove. LOVE this tip!

6. Use real closet doors- Curtains are fine for everyday living but for showing your home you need real closet doors. Though, when we bought our place, it had one set of entry closet doors missing and one broken set {it was a foreclosure}. As an organizer, I relished my floor to ceiling closet openings {hate those pesky walls impeding perfectly good storage space} until it came time to buy new doors. Can you say C-U-S-T-O-M? aka. Expensive! So I built my own with the new pocket hole jig my husband happily purchased for me {post to come}. Yes, that’s my purse on the counter in the background. It was removed for MLS listing pics and for showings :).

Closet doors in Foyer

Show with closet doors

7. Remove items from your counter tops- We removed everything including our toaster oven, bottle drying rack, kitchen utensil cup, etc. Only a few items remain…If you have a decent amount of space one appliance such as the coffee maker is acceptable {have to keep my husband sane}.

Kitchen counter tops

Keep counters clear

8. Eliminate signs of pets- This includes food bowls, pillows, cat towers, toys, etc. Oh, and it goes without saying {or does it?}, get rid of the pet hair, too!  We don’t allow our pup on the furniture so we only need to contend with the flooring but that’s a full time job in itself.

9. Replace or update outdated fixtures and shades- I had previously updated one bathroom fixture with spray paint {a girl’s best friend} and chose not to on our others in order to retain the matching finish with bathroom fixtures.  I did, however, visit my local Habitat ReStore to replace the dated glass shades for $1 each.

10. Trays & baskets- If you absolutely must have some items on a counter or other surface, placing them in a basket or tray somehow makes it look more polished and less like clutter.  Additionally, accessorizing a flat surface with a simple tray keeps the space from appearing too sterile.

Decorative trays

Use decorative trays and baskets to corral items on surfaces and add warmth/color

11. Hide your wastebaskets- Place them under your vanities or remove them entirely. The space will appear cleaner and less cluttered. We kept on in the baby’s room {only wet diapers allowed} and one in the kitchen. It was no more work than going around the house emptying the trash every time we had to show the place.

I’m not an Accredited Staging Professional® and I don’t play one on TV.  But being a Professional Organizer has given me much of the insight necessary. I received quite a few compliments from real estate agents showing our condo and one suggested that I have a backup career.

Ciao for now!

Lauren

My First Post

9 Jan

Hope you had a wonderful holiday season and have started 2012 off with a bang! This was a holiday full of firsts as we brought our 3 1/2 month old home to Long Island where we grew up.  Baby M got to meet his aunts, uncles, and lots of cousins.  It was hectic driving from family to family (up to four in one day) but so wonderful to spend time with them. Then, we returned home to Northern Virginia where we proceeded to spend every waking moment cleaning, uncluttering and preparing our home for sale.

You see, my husband accepted a position in North Carolina one week before Christmas and we need to sell our home and move our family by the end of January.  Here’s the link to the Home Tour listing just in case you know someone who’s looking in Alexandria, VA.

So, because I had nothing else going on {like caring for an infant, working with clients, holidays, home improvement projects, staging the house, etc.) I figured I would add a blog to the mix. Such is life for this Technically Organized Mama!

Ciao for now,

Lauren

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