Whether you're organizing a home to sell or to live in, the principles and methods are the same. The difference lies in the ultimate goal. Lived-in homes revolve around the ease of daily functionality, while homes for sale should strike a balance between cluttered and homey vs. empty and cold.
As a bonus, careful organization makes the move-out much easier. Our REALTORS® share their favorite organizing tips along with some great local sources for storage solutions.
- Have a Game Plan
During the selling process, your timetable takes a back seat to buyers' convenience. They're not going to care that you were too busy to clean. Create a specific to-do list and block out time in your schedule to get it done.
- Edit Closets, Shelves, and Cabinets
While stuffing things out of sight may work when you're expecting dinner guests, cluttered cabinets and closets give buyers the impression that the home lacks adequate storage space. Experts recommend removing half of the items in closets and cabinets and two-thirds of the items on shelves.
Family photos, sports memorabilia, and other personal items serve as constant reminders to buyers that they're touring another family's home. Pack them away and use neutral artwork and accessories to add style that's discreet, not distracting.
- Keep the Move in Mind
As you declutter, don't simply store the items away. From clothing and kitchen utensils to linens and toys, use this opportunity to get rid of any items you don't want or need in the new home. Sell, donate, or toss appropriately.
- Don't Forget the Basement and Garage
Has your two-car garage evolved into a one-car garage/workroom? Do old toys go to the basement to die? Don't assume a buyer will have the same usage for these areas. Clear out and organize basements and garages so they appear spacious and functional.
- Phone a Friend
Emotions and sentiment can blur the best intentions. Enlist an honest friend to walk with you room-by-room and use a buyer's eye to point out areas for improvement.
Need some direction? Get inspiration at these top organizing and space management stores.
- The Container Store - 902 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530
Are you looking for DIY storage accessories or seeking professional advice on a total closet remodel? The Container Store has a wide range of solutions for organizing Garden City homes for sale. The store is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.
- California Closets - 25 Northern Blvd. Suite #3, Greenvale, NY 11548
When it comes to home storage solutions, more than 30 years of success has turned California Closets into a household name. Visit their showroom among Nassau County homes for sale and interact directly with their life-size displays to get ideas and find the system that works best for your home. California Closets is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.
Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of selling your Nassau County home? Put your mind to rest and contact us so we can handle the tough stuff.