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Most people underestimate how long it will take to prepare their home for listing and viewing. Even someone who regularly clears out their cupboards and closets will find that they have more possessions than they thought. A good realtor can provide you with a checklist, tips and even a staging professional if required. It may seem premature, but selecting a good local moving company is a helpful part of the process too.
1. Consider Locality, Not Just Location
Obtain recommendations and referrals of reputable realtors and moving companies. Ensure that your agent and mover are familiar with your area to guarantee that you get the best price for your home and a mover that’s reasonable and accessible. All Jersey Moving & Storage is based in New Jersey and specializes in local moves.
2. Make Your Rooms Appear Airy and Accessible
Removing large pieces of furniture like three-seater sofas can open up your space. Don’t be tempted to do this yourself, as it could result in back injuries or dented walls, both of which can delay the move and create additional expense. All Jersey Moving & Storage has trained professional movers that can move heavy items quickly and safely. Don’t use your garage or basement as storage; a house shows better when it's neat and uncluttered. We have our own containerized storage facility where we can store items and boxes securely until you’re ready to move to your new home. When you are ready give us a call for a free moving quote.
3. Depersonalise Your Home
You want prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Framed certificates, family photos, unusual artwork or religious artefacts can create visual distractions or reveal too much personal information. You love your Aunt Janet’s antique teapot collection but others may view it as clutter. Displaying it can tempt children to touch it or thieves to take pieces if you have an open house. A professional NJ moving company like All Jersey Moving & Storage can pack fragile possessions securely for you before your house goes on show.
If possible, repaint your walls in neutral tones. It makes it easier for buyers to create a mental picture of the rooms with their furniture and artwork inside it.
4. Revitalize, Repair and Retouch Rather Than Renovate
Bathrooms and kitchens are the most crucial rooms to appear attractive and the ones where you can recoup a large portion of your renovation expenses. A simple change like replacing cupboard handles or painting cabinets can update the whole look.
Ask your realtor or a friend to look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes. Fix chips in tiles or walls that make a surface look shabby and old.
If you do need to renovate, consider moving more than just large pieces of furniture into storage before you begin. The less you have in a room, the quicker it can be remodeled or painted. If you start packing but feel overwhelmed, All Jersey Moving & Storage can step in to take over the job. Using a professional mover can speed up the process and lessen stress. Having part of your packing completed before you’ve even sold the house will make moving seem less daunting. All Jersey Moving & Storage also offers a professional packing service.
5. Think Fresh
The easiest way to refresh your home is to repaint – inside and out.
In summer, show off the flowers from your garden in arrangements inside. In winter, a glass bowl of lemons or red apples and berries in the kitchen brings nature indoors and brightens the room.
Keep windows spotless and blinds and drapes open to maximize light. Your agent can advise you to add some inexpensive lamps or up your wattage.