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How to Prep Your Home for Sale

Even when the real estate market is hot, you can still maximize the profit of your home sale – and shorten the selling time – by preparing your home before you put it on the market. Here are some of our best tips for preparing your home for sale:

Clear Out and Store Your Stuff
Potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your place. It can be challenging to do so if all of your belongings are in the way of their visualization.

You can temporarily store your belongings in a secure storage space. Rainbow Movers has one such space conveniently located next to their offices. The best part about storing in our space is that we’re there every day to make sure your items are secure, and we can easily retrieve them for you and move them to your new space when you’re ready.

Make it Crisp and Clean
Stage your home with clean lines and neutral furnishings if possible. Use spare pops of color to draw interest without distracting too much from the ultimate goal – to get your home sold.

For example, you can make the bathroom feel spa-like by adding in clean, white linens and a fresh, citrus candle. Keep the kitchen modern and minimalist by clearing the counters and adding a few choice props – a shiny teakettle and some gourmet cookbooks.

Size Matters
You can make your place seem more spacious by carefully choosing your staging furnishings. Swap out the king-sized bed for a queen or full-sized bed to make the bedroom feel bigger and more relaxing. Downsize the sectional sofa by taking part of it out, or switching it for an extra-large love seat. Add more floor space in the living room by using a smaller coffee table.

You can also add space and dimension by hanging mirrors throughout your space. Large mirrors naturally widen rooms or draw more light into a darker room if positioned correctly.

Get The Right Team in Place
If you don’t have the right furnishings to stage your home, you might want to hire a professional staging expert to make your place look picture perfect. Real estate agents and staging professionals often work together to set the best tone so your property is most appealing to buyers.

We have worked successfully with many of these professionals over the years and would be happy to connect you with them if you are still assembling your team.

You can also brows through Rainbow Mover’s resources guide to find some of our recommended real estate professionals to help you sell your home. All of our resources are people that we know, like and trust to recommend to our customers.

 

How to Simplify for Smaller Space

How to Downsize and Simplify for Smaller Space

Moving on to your next living space is not always a case of bigger is better. Sometimes it makes sense to downsize your living space. For example, if you’re merging two homes into one, moving into a more desirable neighborhood, or have an empty nest, you might realize you need less space than your current home.

Of course, less space also means you’ll need to downsize your belongings.

Here are some easy steps to simplify and downsize without becoming overwhelmed by the process:

The Destructor Beam Disaster

Sometimes it takes a little imagination to see what you really want to keep in your life.

So imagine this: What if a giant destructor beam from outer space reduced everything you had to dust and left you only a prepaid debit card secretly loaded with enough value to replace only 2/3 of your belongings.  Once you exceed the secret limit, you will be back to rubble again with no more chances. What to do???

You will need to prioritize, what will you NEED to replace, what will you WANT to replace, and what will you thank the destructor beam for destroying. Taking stock of the belongings that have meaning to you can make it easier to let go of the things that you know are just taking up space. When you can clear away the clutter that doesn’t add to your life, your life has more room for including only those things and experiences that enhance your being.

Try A Little Help From Friends

Scaling back your possessions can be an emotional activity. Get help from someone who doesn’t live with you – a friend, family member, or even a professional organizer. We have worked with several over the years and would be happy to connect you.

Having an objective party to help you sort through your things and decide what you truly love and need will make it much easier for you to choose only the things that you really want in your life. They will help you let go of your out-of-date party outfits, books you know you’ll never crack open again, and the worn-out, faded furnishings.

Turn Trash Into Cash

As it’s been said many times, one person’s trash is another person’s treasures. Some of your belongings may be in good shape, but just not appropriate for you. Give them a new home and make some extra money for yourself by selling off your goods.

An easy way to sell off your goods is to post them on Craig’s list and create your own virtual stoop sale. If you have valuable items and want to maximize the sale, you can post your items on Ebay and get potential buyers to bid for it.

Keeping Precious Items

Sometimes, you find that there are still belongings that don’t fit in your new home and you’re not willing to give them up. In this case, you might consider securing them in a storage space.

You can keep your belongings safe and sound in Rainbow Mover’s secure storage space located next to the offices. We can pick up any belongings you want to store and place them safely in the space. When you’re ready to take them back, all you need to do is give us a call and we’ll arrange a time to deliver them to you.

Contact us to learn more about renting space in our storage and for recommended resources for downsizing your home.

 

Painlessly Declutter Before Your Move

Three Steps to Painlessly Declutter Before Your Move

If you live in one place for more than a couple of years, it’s almost inevitable that you will have accumulated more things than when you originally moved in. This is totally normal, but it can pose challenges when you’re planning to move.

To make moving painless, it’s essential to get rid of all of the things that you no longer need. However, many people find that even if they don’t love all of their possessions, they still develop an attachment to having stuff.

Decluttering your home before you move will save you lots of time, space, and moving costs if you make an effort to pare down your belongings to only those that you use, love, and that make your home feel great.

How do you overcome the overwhelm of decluttering? Here are three simple steps to making the process pain free and happy (because happy is good):

1. Take Baby Steps

If you have to purge many years of things, don’t try to do it all at once. Working on your whole home in one day or one weekend can be emotionally and physically draining. Instead, try working on one room – or even one closet – at a time.

Break down the process even further by setting a timer for 15 minutes. Focus solely on decluttering for those 15 minutes, and when the bell rings, give yourself a 5-minute break to step away and focus on something else. Once your break is over, take another 15-minute time increment to continue the process. When you break down a big project into small steps, it makes your work seem easier and faster.

2. Love It or Leave It

Make three piles of stuff: Keep, Give, and Toss. Keep only those things that you really love, or have special meaning for you, or that you use regularly. The Give pile can either be donated to a worthy cause or sold in a stoop sale or on EBay or Craig’s list for extra cash. Toss the things that are worn out or broken.

Be ruthless – if you have trouble sorting through your belongings, have someone help you. A neutral party can help you push through any emotional attachment you have to the things that don’t really add to your happiness or wellbeing.

3. Store Your Extras

So, say you’ve tried number one and number two, and you still have more than will fit in your space. Or you may have seasonal items that don’t need to live at your place year round. Well, you are still in luck. Why? Because Rainbow Movers has our own secured storage space where you can rent storage space for your extra belongings. Then, when the season rolls around, or when you clear new space in your home, you can have us retrieve them and deliver them to you when you need them.