|Posted by handymancleaningservices on June 29, 2014 at 9:30 PM|
This may be the most emotional aspect of cleaning out the house. Experts say it hastens the process if you sort belongings into three piles or tag them with:
• Items to keep
• Items to donate or sell
• Items to throw away
If family members squabble about distribution, set aside the disputed items until all the sorting is finished and emotions have settled. Then, try taking turns by each choosing an item or memento. Consider trading several items for a treasure you truly desire. Sentiment aside, get real valuables appraised to determine actual value.
Prepare the House for Showings
• Furniture. If the furniture is old or worn, get rid of it. Don't leave it in the house because it will detract from the sale.
• Wall hangings. Remove them.
• Floor covering. Consider its condition. If there is carpeting over wood floors, expose the wood floors and, if necessary, refinish the floors. Replace cracked ceramic tiles.
• Window coverings. If the window coverings are dated, throw them out. Most windows look better without heavy drapes or worn blinds.
• If windows are dirty, clean them! Clean windows make the home brighter.
• Walls. Wash down walls or paint as needed.
• Ceilings. Dust and remove cobwebs. Clean light fixtures.
• Remove all pet-related items. Take the outdoor dog house with you and donate it to a shelter. Selling with signs of pets in the home is a turnoff for many buyers.
• Mop and polish hard surface flooring. Vacuum and shampoo carpets.
• Clean from top to bottom. Clean/ dust ceiling fan blades and wipe down the insides of cabinets.
Cleaning and removing old furniture, carpeting and other unwanted items is time intensive, but done correctly, it will bring more money when the home is placed on the market.