Let’s face it, moving is a LOT of work and just the thought of it can be overwhelming. Even in the best scenario when you have a moving and cleaning company in place there are things that YOU have to do to get ready. And if you want your house to sell fast and at the best price possible everything should be spotless and orderly.

Instead of getting overwhelmed, take advantage of the bits of time in your day to make real strides towards preparing your home for resale.

At our staging business, Market Ready Virginia, one of the things we encourage people to do is to begin decluttering and prepacking early in the game. Rooms show best without clutter and you get a head start on your packing. We tell our clients showing their homes that (pre-packed) boxes stacked in a garage look better than too many accessories in a cluttered room.

So whether you have a little or a lot of time on your hands, follow these tips to help get your home ready for market – you can even enlist other members of the family to help.

15 Minute Tasks:

  • Organize a drawer
  • Pack a box
  • Purge old magazines
  • Clean ceiling fan blades
  • Vacuum air intake register
  • Dust/wipe the top of door frames
  • Clean your storm door
  • Sweep your porch
  • Declutter a night stand
  • Clean a window
  • Vacuum/wipe down television

30 Minute Tasks:

  • Detail/scrub your shower/tub walls – get it shining!!
  • Organize/declutter a book shelf
  • Clean/purge a toybox
  • Vacuum drapes/window treatments
  • Toss/donate old videos
  • Organize cabinet under your kitchen sink
  • Organize your pantry (toss the grocery bags)
  • Wash/sanitize your kitchen trash can
  • Organize/purge a medicine cabinet
  • Clean your porch lights

1 – 2 Hour Tasks:

  • Organize your pantry
  • Sweep/mop garage floor
  • Replace bathroom tile caulk
  • Remove/wash/replace lighting globes (and dust the bulbs)
  • Paint your front door
  • Sweep/hose down deck or patio
  • Organize your laundry area (throw out the old hangers)
  • Organize your linen closet
  • Paint your mailbox
  • Paint your entrance handrails
  • Organize a bedroom closet
  • Clean out fireplace
  • Pre-pack items stored under beds

Half – Full Day Tasks:

  • Organize the garage
  • Purge items you don’t need from attic
  • Start pre-packing
  • Purge items you don’t need from basement
  • Stain deck
  • Mulch flowerbeds – add new plants
  • Clean window blinds
  • Clean outside windows
  • Purge your house of items you won’t be taking to your new home
  • Paint a room
  • Remove wallpaper
  • Deep clean floors & carpets
  • Clean baseboards
  • Touch-up paint

And of course if you need help along the way our renovation, staging, and cleaning teams are here to help make your home “Market Ready”. Contact us for a free quote – 757-310-1463.