1. Try using clothing to wrap plates and bowls. Socks are best used to wrap glasses and mugs.
2. Instead of stacking dishes inside a box, like one would automatically do, place them vertically like records. This saves space and further prevents your dishes from breaking.
3. Color coding your boxes when packing can help you remember exactly which room they are going to in your new home and you will save of time by not searching for the writing on the box! 9/3/15
4. Remove the drawers from your dresser and leave the clothes inside. Just wrap all the drawers in tape to keep the clothes secure.
5. When removing artwork from walls put hooks and any special hanging tools in a sandwich bag and tape them to the back of the picture.
6. To preserve your mattress, wrap a fitted sheet on both sides of the it so it’s not exposed to the elements when you take it to your new home.
When a dear friend of mine lost his aunt, he and his wife started the overwhelming task of cleaning out. He and his wife live out of state and his aunt lived in an Active Adult Community in New Jersey.
As he knows that I do downsizing his comment to me was “I can’t agree with you more, start cleaning out, throwing out and get your house ready now!” Of course, I am helping them with this task, so they can go back home and on their planned vacation. If you are doing this task for someone that you don’t see very often you need to be mindful of a few things. They may have reached the stage where they hide money. Before you give away clothes, handbags or books check for any money they may have stashed for “the future”.
After the big blizzard here on the east coast, many people may be thinking about moving to warmer climates. Or they may just be thinking about moving! In any case the winter months are a good time to start getting your home ready for sale in the spring. Keep in mind you may have to spend some money (for repairs, painting, etc.), but it will save you thousands of dollars that the buyer would like to deduct from the asking price if they have to do the work themselves. Make them want to come into your home. Clean up the yard, straighten out the mailbox and invite them inside with a great door color. More to come on inexpensive ways to fix up the interior of your home.
Having had my home on the market for several months, these are the points I think most realtors miss:
1. Getting good background information about the home from the homeowner.
2. Finding versatility for rooms.
3. Not asking what incentives the seller might need to help them move more quickly.
When we decided to put our house on the market, a friend (who just put hers on the market) suggested we get a Home Warranty. You pay anywhere from $425.00 to $500.00 (which is paid at the time of closing) and it (supposedly) covers repair costs that are needed to sell your home. You just pay the service fee of $75.00 or if it is less that is what you pay. We signed up for one and yup-the water heater started leaking. We contacted the company and they had us call one plumber-his response” I told them I was 2 weeks out and not to send anyone else to me”. The next plumber said we were out of his area. So we contacted the company and told them we had a plumber, they authorized us to go ahead, pay the bill and they would reimburse us. Had the replacement hot water heater done, paid the bill, submitted the bill to “customer paid invoice” e-mail as told do. The bill was $1100.00. The first excuse not to cover the bill 1. It is not covered when you are just listing your property (1st page of contract-it does cover the listing period). 2. It was replaced before the inspection and now not covered (the policy was in effect 3 weeks prior to the incident). 3. Then told there is a cap of $250.00 (Warranty states contract is limited to $5000.00 per covered system-which a water heater is). 4. Then told because the invoice wasn’t paid we had “free” coverage of $250.00. Remember contract says policy to be paid at time of closing. 5. Finally told policy doesn’t cover the maximum for the seller only the buyer. AND I WOULD BUY THIS POLICY WHY???? BEWARE!!
Even though I advise folks all the time about downsizing and moving, the full impact hit me when I was starting to downsize myself! The best hint I can give you is to START EARLY! Even if you are just starting to think about moving take small steps to begin. Clean out the junk drawer while making the morning coffee; start a “doesn’t fit” bag in your closet and buy a shredder! More to come!
Wow! When I started going over my information on downsizing, moving and setting up a new residence, I realized there is a lot more people need to know to get started. There are some folks out there who can help you declutter and get the move started for you. But what about all the areas from finding a new residence, to paring down, to getting rid of things to making your new residence your new home?? I will be offering some more information on this very shortly!
The more I talk to people about my downsizing business, the more I realize how much help people need. I enjoy what I do and I know that people are so happy to have a big burden off their shoulders when they are getting ready to move. There are so many “moving parts” from deciding where to move, what to move and how to move into the new space. I’ll be back with more helpful hints. In the meantime, if you think this might be a career for you, e-mail me about an upcoming course I’ll be firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a big step going from a large family home to a smaller “made for two” home. Don’t wait until the last minute to start cleaning out. In your closet when trying on something that doesn’t fit or doesn’t look just right-put it in a “to donate bag”. In your kitchen when looking for a particular pot-don’t just move around things you never use anymore-put them in a box to sell at a garage sale. In your home office when looking for some paperwork-start shredding those old bills. Taking small steps makes the job seem less overwhelming.
Working with a designer:
Have a vision as to how you want your space to look; use of room, color, style, etc.
Be realistic about the time frame in which you would like your project completed.
Be flexible about your selections. If you choose something that you love which is above your budget, consider waiting to make the purchase.
Choose a designer, not only by their previous projects, but also how comfortable you feel with him or her during the interview. Listen to “your gut”.
As uncomfortable as it is, you must discuss the budget. You’ll be wasting your time and the designer’s time by not being honest about this aspect.