Spending less of your life dealing with stuff is an attractive concept. It’s especially attractive when you are planning a move. People planning a move often wonder, “How did I accumulate so much ?!?!” Continue reading…
15. July 2014
When you decide to sell your house, you are probably looking more at the money you will receive than the outlay of cash that may be necessary to secure a sale. Be sure to set some money aside to deal with pre-sale upgrades and get started early for the most trouble-free sales experience.
It’s not a big deal, is it?
Sure, you may have lived with that doorknob that always sticks, that back step that isn’t as secure as it should be, or the basement window with a hairline crack — but a potential buyer won’t be interested in learning to live with the issues that have developed over time as you have occupied the home.
After all, you know that the “combination” for the doorknob is a slight lift and a quick left to right motion. Everyone in the family just skips that back step and the hairline crack in the window is not even visible… with the curtain up. No problem, right?
Skipping little repairs can cost you the sale
When you go into negotiation for the sale of your house, the little things like this “add up” in the potential buyer’s mind. It gives them an indication — real or imagined — of how well the house has been maintained. It’s not merely a matter of fixing the little annoyances you have lived with for years — it’s a matter of presenting the “whole package” of your house in a way that will solicit more offers at higher prices for a quicker, more hassle-free sale.
The familiar becomes invisible
You may not even see all the little blemishes your home has. Ask your family to make a list of such things, solicit the input of your Realtor, and ask friends who visit often to help you to rediscover them.
Make the necessary repairs before showing the house to put your house’s “best foot forward” and to survive the sale with a little less stress. If you plan to make the repairs yourself, getting a head start will offer you the latitude to hire help if you find that’s necessary. It means your schedule won’t have to be re-arranged to make last-minute repairs. If you are working with a contractor, getting started early means that any potential twist or kink in their schedule doesn’t leave you in a bind or cause you to lose a sale because you can’t get things fixed in time.
Remove all the stress you can
The last thing you want is to be trying to pack your personal belongings, find your next home, juggle your personal and professional life and schedule repairs while under a deadline. Planning ahead means life will be easier on your schedule, on your family and on your sanity.
13. June 2014
When going through your stuff consider the following:
- Is it necessary?
- Does it bring joy to your life?
- Is it useful?
- Is it in good repair?
- If it disappeared tomorrow, would you rush out to replace it?
If the item in question doesn’t bring joy, utility, or ease to your life, why do you own it? The more you clean out before your move, the easier your move will be and the more enjoyable your new home will be!
Enlist a Declutter Buddy
Finding it difficult to declutter? Recruiting a declutter buddy can make it a little easier. A trusted friend will be honest with you if your attachment is irrational or emotional and can help you to see the value of the item more clearly. If you can find someone who also needs a “declutter buddy” — so much the better! Let them help you with yours and you help them with theirs!
The Joy of Giving
Experience the joy of giving to others. If you have items you no longer need or want, donate them to someone who would like them — or to an organization that will sell them to raise money to help others. Hoarding is a selfish act, whereas giving is a generous one. If you finish a good book, share it with a friend, your local library or go to a swap-shop and trade a couple already-read books for one you still want to read.
One for Two
When you are trying to declutter, pay careful attention to what you bring into your home. If you really must have a new blouse, be sure you discard two not-so-wonderful ones.
If you take a few steps every day, you will find that your life and your home is much less difficult to manage. And if you are in the middle of preparing for a move — you will be able to get set up quicker with ONLY those items that improve your life, jettisoning all those items that don’t. Moving is a pain, but you can turn it into an opportunity to improve all areas of your life — now is the time!
24. April 2014
- The hardware guru knows more about basic home repairs, and can offer advice on tools, processes and materials that you can’t find anywhere else.
- The hardware guy knows which pros are good – he or she can give you the down-low on the best handymen, plumbers, electricians, painters, roofers, and other specialists.
- You may need to open a “tab” to get through a particularly involved project and you are more likely to get that line of credit if you are well known by the hardware guy.
Although you might find a knowledgeable guru at the local big-name mega home improvement store, you will improve your chances by selecting a small, neighborhood hardware store (even if you have to go to another neighborhood to find one!)