Before selling your house there are some things realtors want you to do so your home shows well. Number one is organizing and decluttering. No one wants to walk into a messy house, especially potential buyers. How can organizing your house increase its appeal to potential buyers? We asked Royal Hartwig, president of Royal Family Real Estate LLC, with offices in Schaumburg, Palatine, and Crystal Lake, Ill., why it’s important for home sellers to keep their home organized before and during its time on the market. Royal has more than a dozen successful years experience selling real estate through national brand firms and now his own firm. He shows a lot of houses and has built a reputation for quick sales at a good price.
Anyway you look at it, moving is a lot of work. If you are selling a home and moving it is even more complicated. Typically you have a lot riding on the sale, so you work hard to maximize the sales price. You fix, you paint, you prune, you weed, and you declutter. Finally, your house is on the market, but you can’t sit back and relax. The house must be neat and clean for showings. You are held to a new standard, one that dictates that no one should know you own a toaster or have mail on the counter! And when you are not working on your home, you are checking out a daily deluge of real estate listings and trying to imagine what your new home will be like.
The to-do list of a home seller is long, but the No. 1 task on the list should be decluttering. In a 2012 HomeGain survey of 500 real estate agents, cleaning and decluttering provided the best return on investment of any home improvement–yielding a 413% return on investment. But what does decluttering really mean? Ask 10 professional organizers and you would probably get 10 different answers. For me decluttering means reviewing your possessions and removing what you do not love or use. In other words, it doesn’t serve you and may even drain your energy in some way, mentally, emotionally or physically (maintaining and cleaning). Surrounding yourself with what you love and what you use makes it much easier to enjoy and access what you need on a daily basis.
As boomers near retirement, it’s a fact that many will seek out a change in housing. According to a 2014 study from the Demand Institute, 37% of boomers plan to move, while 63% plan to stay in their current home. Finances may be part of the reason for the move, as some boomers want to reduce their overall housing expense, and pay off their mortgage. Other boomers want a home that better fits their lifestyle, perhaps offering single level living, or less maintenance. Still others want a larger dream home to accommodate their kids and grandkids. Moving is an important decision that requires careful consideration.
If you have not filtered out all the items you don’t use anymore, do so now. You still have time to take this important step. The price you pay for packing, transporting and unpacking old stuff is not only in time and money. It will clutter up your new home.
One of the most important features homebuyers are looking for in a house is closet space. In particular, bedroom closet space. This space in a house allows them to see how they will keep their clothing organized and possibly eliminate the need for a space-guzzling dresser. Well-organized closets help homeowners keep clutter from accumulating in other rooms and doorways as well.
Moving is a big decision at any age. For baby boomers, uncertainty about jobs, family commitments, finances or lifestyle may be heaped onto indecision about what to take and what to leave behind. Feeling comfortable about change is important. Here are 10 organizing strategies boomers can use before they decide to move.
1. Determine what you want
The first organizing strategy requires you to tap into your thoughts and determine what you want. Do you want a simpler life? What does simpler mean to you? What are your must-haves? Do you want less or more space? Answering these types of questions brings clarity.
Moving your belongings from one place to another is more than a matter of logistics. It is time consuming and mentally draining having to make decision after decision on what to take, donate or throw away. However, moving is the perfect opportunity to clear the way for a new beginning that fosters your well-being.
Here are a few inspirational thoughts for staying organized and making your move more serene.
Learn about the connection between your physical space, thoughts and emotions. Consider space, distance and the arranging of objects as a way to enhance your emotions and sense of well-being. If what you plan to take with you does not fit the new space you will be occupying, leave it behind.
For nearly 10,000 baby boomers a day who will be retiring over the next 17 years, there are a multitude of decisions to be made. When should I retire? How should I file for social security? How will I pay for healthcare? These are questions that need to be answered, along with one more … Should I move?
In a recently released study from Better Homes and Gardens, 57% of baby boomers plan to move out of their current homes in retirement. Moving in retirement can often mean savings on taxes and lower maintenance costs as well as potential income tax savings if moving to a more tax-friendly state. But even if staying in place, many retirees may find their current home no longer suits their lifestyle.
When a family believes they have outgrown their current home, often their first thought is remodeling or moving. They forget to consider a far less expensive option: professional organizing. Before you go through the expense and hassle of a remodel or move, consider the solutions of a professional organizer.
A professional organizer gets to the root of the problem, identifies the source of your clutter, and discovers what you really need to be happy in your home. Sometimes when you think you want more space, what you are really craving is a simpler life, and room to breathe. More space won’t necessarily give you that. In fact, without addressing the reasons for your clutter, you may quickly be in the same situation in a bigger space. More space may actually mean more clutter down the road.