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Tips for Moving While You Sell Your Home

October 24, 2017 | Household Moves, Moving Guides & Tips

There are many factors that can impact how long your home is on the market, including its location, age, condition, and the school district. On average, a home will typically be on the market for around 65 days before the entire home selling process is complete. Selling your home can be a stressful, busy time, and it’s only made worse when you’re trying to pack-up and move, as well.

Luckily, you will need to take many of the same steps to pack up your home and create a space that will make your house more attractive to buyers. Here are a few tips to help you stage, pack up, and sell your home, all at the same time.

Declutter Every Room

If you’ve ever moved in the past, you know that the best place to start the process is getting rid of clutter. This is also the first step to staging your home, which makes it more attractive to buyers. However, even though you’ve heard the term “decluttering” before, you might not know what qualifies as clutter.

Clutter is anything in your home that doesn’t have value. This value can be monetary or sentimental. In addition to assigning value, you must also determine if the item is a need or a want. The best place to begin is to look through all your dressers, closets and other storage areas and ask yourself if any of the items have value.

For example, when it comes to your closet, you can assign value to any items that you wear on a regular basis, or if the item is seasonal, is still something you will wear in the future. It is important to be honest with yourself during this process and to remember one valuable point: the move things you move out of your old house, the more things you will bring with you to your new house.

The next step is to separate all your belongings into four piles: items that need to be packed, items to donate, items to throw away, and items that can be used to stage your home.
Toss out anything that is broken, stained, or won’t be of any use to another person or family. Get rid of these items right away. Next, box up any items you plan to donate and take them to a nearby charitable organization.

Pack Like a Professional

Once you donate any gently-used items and toss out all the clutter, it’s time to start packing up anything you won’t need to stage your home and live in it at the same time.

While packing your boxes, set aside items such as the following that can later be used to stage your home:

  • Area rugs
  • Small accent tables
  • Throw pillows and throw blankets
  • Small decorative pieces, such as vases and ceramics
  • Lamps
  • Wall mirrors

When it comes to furniture, only keep pieces in your home that are attractive and useful. For example, you can keep the couch in the living room, but put the recliners in storage. A large dining table and chairs that are only used on special occasions can also be put away.

Packing can be a stressful and time-consuming process, so consider utilizing a moving service to take care of everything, while you focus on selling your home.

Look for a packing and moving service that will not only expertly pack your items but will also have the knowledge and expertise to keep your move on schedule. Additionally, find a moving company that will help you move your awkward, larger items, such as a grand piano, sectional couch, or any of your most prized and delicate belongings.

Staging Your Home

Staging your house is a simple process that can make your home more attractive to potential buyers. The process doesn’t need to be difficult, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your house more desirable. Here are some simple tips to help you stage your home:

  • Get rid of all your personal items, such as family photos. These will make it more difficult for buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.
  • Choose a simple color and theme, and use it throughout the home. For example, if it is fall, utilize browns, reds, and dark greens throughout your home.
  • Provide plenty of light throughout your home. This will help your home feel bright and welcoming.
  • Avoid cluttering any shelving and furniture with too many knick-knacks and instead, keep the surfaces clean. This will make your home feel more open.

Before you begin the process of staging, it is important to thoroughly clean your home. Invest in air fresheners, and keep the windows open to ensure your home smells amazing.

Moving while you sell your home can be a major hassle. Don’t go through this process alone. Instead, contact the professionals at Wheaton World Wide Moving.

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