30 Days to List - Days 8-14 (Week 2)
Day 8: Tackle the living room. Clean the sofa and chairs and invest in some new throw pillows. I like to grab pillow covers from IKEA, the Wish app or the Target Dollar section! Area rugs can really bring the room together. If possible, hide all wires and additional electronic devices (I’m looking at you Playstation). Remove the piles of magazines and books and all the clutter that has accumulated.
Day 9: Make your dining room look like a place someone might actually want to eat in. Remove the kids’ homework and the piles of stuff that have accumulated on the dining room table. Clean up and style the hutch.. Invest in a new table cloth to hide an old table. Our team will stage the table for you (for pictures and open houses) with what you have and bring in some extras if needed!
Day 10: De-clutter, organize and clean the basement. If your basement is anything like ours, this is going to take more than one day. Whether your basement is finished or just a storage area for holiday decor, bins of old clothes and other random things,, you’ll need to invest the time to make it look as spacious and clean as possible. And what a great way to rid yourself of all that stuff you never use. Basements, especially unfinished basements, are a huge opportunity for potential buyers looking to add a little bit more space, so you want to be able to showcase what you have!
Day 11: Tackle what you can’t see: closets and storage areas. Much as I’d love to say that you can cram all the stuff you don’t want on display into your closets, the truth of the matter is that Buyers will open your closets. They’ll look in your cupboards. And they’ll judge you. The last thing you want is for Buyers to think there isn’t enough storage in your home, so take the time to pack away what you don’t need in the immediate future. A good rule of thumb is that cabinets, closets and storage areas shouldn’t be more than 70% full. Pinterest will be your friend here, take a look at before and after closet cleanup for inspiration.
Day 12: Keep, donate or toss? It’s a pain (and expensive) to store all the stuff you don’t really need. Go through everything as you are packing it and put it in one of your storage boxes if you are keeping it. Make a donate and toss pile and feel how gratifying it is to take a page from Elsa and “Let it Go”! You can check out some of my favorite local places to donate things HERE.
Day 13: The entrance. Entrances make the best first impressions. Make sure you clear all clutter (mail, keys, shoes, coats etc.). This is not an opportunity to stuff everything in a front closet, make sure there are only 1 pair of shoes for each family member. If you will want people viewing your home to remove their shoes, it’s a good idea to have a mat there that they can place their shoes on. Mudrooms are a HUGE selling point #nexttochicago, so if yours is in the front, make sure you have some nice hooks up and a bench if there is room.
Day 14: Get rid of all the things that make your home yours. I have found this step is pretty hard for everyone. There is so much sentimental value in every item we own and that does not get past me. We have pictures of the first time we brought our babies home (fur or human) and the first piece of art we bought. When selling though, it is important to appeal to as many buyers as possible. Family photos, souvenirs and taste particular art should all be stored away for your new home. Neutral decor sells homes. It is proven time and time again. My team will create a custom plan for you, but you can start the process on your own by packing stuff away.
Week 2 is over! Just about half way there. This is just here as another reminder to treat yourself. We know it is hard work and you have already done SO much! We hope at this stage that you can enjoy the work you have put in so far.