Moving is stressful and the thought of it is enough to make some people decide against it. Here are some good tips and tricks to make it a bit easier.
Start early! Thinking of moving in a year or two? Start getting ready now! It is never too soon to tackle clutter, repair and replace old out dated items, clean and inspect your homes systems and update the decor.
Here are just a few of our favorite things that will make getting your house ready to sell that much easier.
Portable self-storage units (PS-SU): De-clutter and move your things at your pace. No more running back and forth to a storage unit or cramming everything into the garage. Order a PS-SU to be delivered to your driveway or yard. Fill it at your leisure then call the company to come and get it. When you are ready to have it delivered to your new house it will be delivered for you to unpack one box at a time to prevent yourself from being overloaded. There are many companies that offer this service, call around for your best rates and availability.
Dumpster Bags: Rather than making multiple trips to the landfill or renting a dumpster and tearing up your driveway or yard. Try a Bagster. Buy a Bagster online, at Home Depot or Lowes. They typically run about $30 and will hold 3,300 pounds of waste. When you’re ready to have it hauled away simply call for pickup. You will be charged the by weight for disposal.
Tub & Tile refinishing kits: No one wants a dirty dated bathroom and sellers don’t want to spend the money to update them. Here is a very inexpensive way to do the updates before you sell. Tub & Tile refinishing kits like the one from Rust-Oleum sell for around $25 and can be purchased online or in the local home improvement store. They can be used on all porcelain, ceramic & fiberglass surfaces. When the job is complete it looks like new porcelain / ceramic and is very durable. We have seen it used over old tile surrounds, tubs, showers, sinks and floors.
Counter top refinishing kits: Buyers typically want the new trendy counter tops. An easy and inexpensive way to offer that look is through a counter top refinishing kit. Rust-Oleum offers a product similar to the Tub & Title kit that sells for $40. It is relatively simple to use and can be tinted in 16 different shades. If you are more adventurous, there are several other products that will give you the look of stone, like the Giani Granite paint for counter tops. This product ranges from $35 for small projects (bathroom vanity) to $80 for enough product to do a typical kitchen. Both products can be purchased online and are made for this application so they are long wearing and durable.
A good cleaning may be all it takes: Magic erasers are a must for taking off scuff marks, smudges, dirt & stains from almost any surface. We find that painting is not always necessary when you use a magic eraser. Just be careful not to scrub to hard you may remove some of the paint itself. Before you paint the hall, try a magic eraser.
Wood floors: We are big fans of the Bona line of wood floor products. With a little elbow grease you may not need to refinish your floors at all. Start with the wood floor cleaner (we suggest getting on all fours and scrub them clean) then follow up with the Hardwood polish. You will be pleasantly surprised at the results. These products can be purchased at most home improvement retailers and range from $20 – $35.
The virtues of spray paint: Spray paint can be used to revitalize any number of old outdated, faded or dingy things. From light fixtures inside and out, to knobs & pulls, shutters, picture/mirror frames, closet & cabinet doors, storm doors, kick plates, patio furniture, appliances, potting containers, lamp posts, mail boxes and more. Some of our favorites are offered from Krylon & Rust-Oleum brands and start in price around $4 a can. Tip – wear plastic gloves when using the paint and follow the directions and spray in light layers. Google before and after spray paint projects for hundreds of easy ideas.
Carpet cleaning and deodorizing: As mothers and pet owners we are all too familiar with stains and odors in our carpets. Starting with spot removal, try Spot Shot in the can. This product will remove nearly every stain you can think of. We have personally used it on, crayon, coffee, make up, wine, food & pet stains with great success. You can typically purchase a multi can pack at a big box store or individual cans at most retailers starting around $7 each, very well worth it.
Now on to deodorizing. Depending on what kind of odor you are trying to remove this may be a multiple step process. It is imperative you do your best to remove ALL unpleasant odors in your house, as this is the number one offender for buyers. If you’re not sure if your house smells, ask a good friend (or us) to be truthful and go from there. The first step to try is spreading regular baking soda (buy the bulk size bag or box) on the carpet at night rub in slightly (with your foot) vacuum in the morning. Try this over several days if the odor is strong. This usually takes care of most odors.
If you need more help try the OdoBan and Nature Miracle line of products. They can be purchased online and in retailers. They are designed to eliminate odors of all sorts. They sell between $3 and $11.
Finally in the battle over odor buy several odor gel absorbing containers. They are sold everywhere and range in price starting around $3. They work far better than just a room freshener and don’t leave the room smelling like you are masking something.
**If you have serious orders like cigarette smoke you may consider renting an Ozone machine.