The mere thought of preparing for a move is enough to send most people over the edge, let alone actually preparing it to sell. Keep in mind that these two events go hand-in-hand and the more you invest in the process upfront, the easier the entire experience will be.
While you are preparing your home to sell, you’ll begin the editing and packing process which will be extremely helpful when you finally physically move. This is when having an organized schedule and a game plan will be your best friend.
Let’s talk about how to manage this process.
- Get a notepad and pen and walk through your entire home, inside & out and make a list of the following for each space/room – repairs needed, upgrades needed, what can be packed up or sometimes what may be easier is to indicate what can stay and know that everything else should be packed up.
- Evaluate the list and determine what you can and will do yourself and what needs to be outsourced (i.e. painting or handyman work)
- Get a calendar and map out your schedule. For best results, use a year-at-a-glance type calendar where you can see the entire month. Start with your target market date and work backwards. For example, if your target market date is say the first Saturday of next month, that means you should have your home staged by the Thursday before, which means the housecleaner should come the Wednesday before, etc. You keep moving backwards and attach a date to everything that needs to be completed and schedule appointments with the appropriate vendors accordingly. This will do a couple of things for you. It will help you see whether or not you’re being realistic about your time frame, whether or not it’s realistic for you to do all the work yourself, and it helps you stay on track to get everything done on time.