Why wait until you’re thinking about putting your house on the market to get it organized, updated, and to do that bit of maintenance you’ve been putting off?
Every year since I got married, I have had a Spring cleaning and a Fall cleaning. This involves going room to room and cleaning every inch of it – organizing drawers and closets and, invariably, filling garbage bag after garbage bag. We have the windows cleaned, power wash, and refresh the landscaping. Every few years, we would paint our house inside and out and every year I would choose an “updating project” to keep ahead of the curve on current design trends.
It’s the best feeling in the world once it is done – purging is good for the soul. And, as the saying goes, “if you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it.” If we all lived by that mantra, we could eliminate the need for the never-ending supply of storage units that dot our landscape. Before you take another storage unit, ask yourself – do I really need to spend money every month holding on to these items that I only pull out once a year at most?
If the thought of getting organized is a bit overwhelming for you, why not call in the professionals? There are plenty of full-time organizers out there who will do everything from straightening out your pantry to filing your paperwork. Or maybe it’s just a bit of retail therapy that you require to get you started – in that case, pay a visit to The Container Store where you will find containers for everything from your office supplies to your wedding dress.
With all the listing appointments we go on at Beth Ferester & Company, I cannot count the number of times that we have had to advise sellers to minimize, throw away, or store a whole host of their items. Most people don’t notice the amount of “STUFF” that they accumulate until someone else comes in and takes a fresh look. We try to be gentle, but firm, in explaining the importance of de-cluttering and updating. We advise on updating paint colors, making repairs, etc. and we have a complete list of some of the best contractors in the area that we recommend to our clients. We also have our own team of in-house stagers to help re-arrange furniture and tweak the accessories after everything else is done.
So many times, after we have helped our sellers prepare their houses for market, they say, “Why didn’t we do all this years ago so we could enjoy it ourselves?”
And I couldn’t agree more. And that’s what this series of blogs is dedicated to – helping you to get your house in the best condition it can be in – whether you’re planning to sell or not!