Change is the only constant in life, and sometimes, the winds of change suggest that the time to move might be on the horizon, even if it's not right around the corner. Whether you're considering a new home or just want to breathe new life into your current space, there's a simple yet transformative approach you can take: live like you're listing. By making small changes to your home as if you were preparing to put it on the market, you give yourself options. Enjoy it now it all its updated glory and be ready if the time to sell does arrive.
Step 1: Declutter
The first step to live like you're listing is to declutter. Clutter not only makes your home feel cramped and disorganized but can also hinder your ability to see its full potential. As a former professional organizer, I can tell you that this is often the most difficult part. It can be overwhelming and emotional to part with belongings. But, while the process might be onerous, the results are always amazing.
Start small. One drawer. One closet. One room at a time. Sort through your belongings, and decide what to keep, what to donate or sell, and what to throw away. This process not only helps you create a more organized and inviting space but also lightens your load when it's time to move.
Be ruthless. If you're holding onto an item because of its use in the past, or its potential use in the future, it means you're not needing it in the present and it's likely time to let it go. If there are items that you are really not sure about, but them to the side and revisit them in a week.
Step 2: Organize with Purpose
Now that you've decluttered, it's time to organize your space with a clear purpose in mind. Buyers appreciate well-organized homes, and you'll benefit from the sense of order as well. Invest in storage solutions that help keep things tidy, such as shelves, baskets, and closet organizers. Ensure that every item in your home has a designated place, making it easier to maintain a neat and clean environment. By living like you're listing, you can create a harmonious and inviting atmosphere that enhances your daily life.
Step 3: Enhance Your Home's Appeal
To truly live like you're listing, consider making some home improvements that not only make your space more attractive but also increase its value. You don't need to undertake major renovations; small upgrades can make a significant difference. Fresh paint, new light fixtures, and modern hardware for cabinets and doors can give your home a fresh look. Additionally, pay attention to the curb appeal by maintaining your landscaping, cleaning the exterior, and making your entryway more inviting. Every one of my seller clients, to date, has mentioned that they wish they'd made these types of changes to their home long before listing so they would have had time to enjoy them.
Enjoy Your Home More: A decluttered, organized, and enhanced living space can bring you a sense of peace and satisfaction. There is nothing better than a home free of distractions and clutter.
Reduced Stress When Selling: When the time does come to list your home, you'll have already completed much of the work. This reduces the stress associated with last-minute preparations, helping you focus on the selling process.
Potential for a Higher Sale Price: The improvements you make while living like you're listing can increase the value of your home. Buyers are more likely to pay a premium for a well-maintained and attractive property.
Living like you're listing is not just about preparing for a future sale but also about getting the most enjoyment out of your home while you're in it. So, if change is on the horizon, take the opportunity to transform your current home into a space that delights you and any potential buyers. It's a win-win situation that allows you to embrace the winds of change with open arms.