Day 4- Declutter to Sell

Day 4-  Alarmed about the amount of clutter in your home that you need to remove before selling your house? Don’t despair. Today is the day you start the month-long process of decluttering your home by focusing on the large items. There are a couple of good reasons why you should take the time to declutter your home. The first being that your home will look more spacious with less stuff in it. The second reason is that moving costs are based on overall weight, so by getting rid of the big stuff you will save money on your shipment costs. Third, by decluttering now, you won’t have to pack and physically move as much stuff later.

To begin with, you need to mentally list larger things like furniture, electric appliances and specialty household items into three categories sell, pack, toss, or donate. The large items that you plan to sell should be moved into your garage to make way for packing the smaller things. This way, people who come to pick up the items don’t roam around your home. Once you move them into the garage, take a bit of time and clean them up. The nicer they look, the better the chance that they will sell. Next, come up with a reasonable price. Remember, the goal here is to get rid of the items in 30 days so you can sell your home quickly. Don’t overprice! Take some pictures of the items, create a short blurb about them, then post them on Craigs List, Offer Up, PWC Online yard sales, Facebook, etc.

After you have moved the large items out of the way, it’s time to figure out what you are going to toss. Many people have a hard time with this aspect of moving. It’s hard to part ways with mementos from your travels overseas or the little knick-knacks that you picked up at a garage sale in Lake Ridge over six years ago. Still, it’s better to toss them now, rather than schlep them to your new home in Manassas where they will remain in a box for an undeterminable amount of time. Also, dispose of the items that you know perfectly well are in need of repair and are not going to get sold.

The last part of the process is to donate items.  You have several options. You can donate them directly to friends or neighbors or to people in need. In Lake Ridge, if you choose to donate household items to a non-profit like Goodwill or Purple Heart, you should also check the company’s valuation guide to determine how much items are worth. Keep in mind that moving expenses can be tax deductible according to the IRS.  You can find the guidelines here.  If you prefer you can also recycle items by giving them away.  See websites like Freecycle.com for items you want to upcycle.  If you need help removing large items, check out Taskrabbit.com which is a site that will match you up with someone who will remove items for you.

The last thing to do, since you are already on a roll with removing large items, is to take the time today to contact a moving company for a quote. This ensures that you get on their schedule in time.  In Lakeridge, VA homes that are priced correctly are currently selling within 21 days so you may need to move out faster than expected.  By getting the moving company to come out after you have removed your large items, the quote you receive will be more realistic. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please email me or give me a call.   -Kate

 

 

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