The U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that approximately 1 out of 9 Americans change their residences every year. That amounts to about 36 million people who are moving from one residence to another in the United States annually.
Moving is always a painful process, regardless of what the reason or nature of it is. After all, uprooting from one place and settling down in another isn’t something that can be easily done in a day’s work. Fortunately for you, we have a fantastic plan in place that will help you make the entire process simple and will also show you how you can use a dumpster rental to your (great) advantage.
Before you begin: If you’re selling your home, the best way to get it sold at the best price is to make it look as impeccable as possible. This, of course, implies that your house should be clean, have no clutter, and basically act a blank canvas so that the potential buyers can envision their lives in it.
All said and done, moving is indeed one of the best opportunities to downsize. While it is indeed tough to think of parting from all those knickknacks and memorabilia, it does have tremendous gains to offer that you simply cannot ignore:
• Moving expenses will be much less, given that there will be less stuff to pack and move
• By selling at least some of the things you don’t need, you can earn some money on the side
• Making your house look clean makes it look bigger and better, and allows you to ask for a better price
• And now, the best part: There will be much less clutter in your soon-to-be home!
Your Guide to Moving Out
According to top property management experts, owners must do a good clean-out, and de-clutter their house before they even put them on the market. Putting off cleaning until the last minute can – and does – prove to be very stressful, which is why the earlier you start, the better it is. In case you haven’t done your prepping beforehand, you must at least make a solid plan. You should begin from the top, and then clean every room from there till you’re done. If you have a yard, you will want to include plans to clear away any debris such as leaves, branches, and dead plants.
STEP 1: Try To Reduce the number of Things You Have
As mentioned earlier, having your house all cluttered-up while it is on the market can significantly reduce buyer interest. On the other hand, putting all that clutter, most of which you actually don’t need, in storage would lead to spending hundreds of dollars in monthly fees for the storage unit. Therefore, the best thing to do is to simply ditch it all. You can do whatever you deem fit (or whatever works best and is lawful), from selling or donating, to outright trashing with Carolina Container Services. Make sure that none of it remains to clog-up your house or occupy vital storage space.
STEP 2: Improve Upon That Curb Appeal
In order to put your best foot forward in the buyer’s market, you must keep your home in the best shape. This includes everything, from roofing and gutters to siding and landscaping, and everything in between.
Your potential buyers seeing a mildew covered roof or broken windows could severely affect their wish to make an offer, or a good offer. You must, therefore, make sure that you fix such things in time.
Here are some things you can do to get started:
• Home exterior: Clean out the gutters, wash the screens and windows, and pressure-wash the siding
• Put a new coat of paint on the front door. You can try using a color which will contrast with your home and catch the attention of potential buyers from the road
• Replace old, worn out house numbers with new and modern-looking digits, which your buyers can easily see from the curb
• Update the exterior lighting fixtures to get a fresh and bold look.
• Keep your yard absolutely prim and proper. Mow the lawn; remove all weeds, and plant good-looking flowers, shrubs, bushes, etc.
STEP 3: Make the Insides Look Better
Just like your house’s exterior, its interior too should look absolutely free of clutter and damages. They seem like a trivial matter to you, but to the potential buyer, they appear as post-purchase expenses that they will have to bear. You must, therefore, make it a point to replace old faucets and cabinet handles, as well as make small changes that could lift the face of your home’s interior.
STEP 4: Throw All the Extra Stuff Away
You may be thinking, “Wait, I already got rid of stuff”. Well, now that you have given attention to every part of your house, inside and outside, there is likely some residual rubbish around. You cannot endlessly pile trash, landscaping debris, and who knows what else on the curb in front of your house. This is the stage where a timely-rented dumpster can be your best friend and help you get rid of all that extra clutters lying around the house in one go. There are even companies that offer dumpsters rentals and junk removal services to make it even easier for you.
From junk, such as old birthday cards and letters and old locks having lost combinations, to debris which got collected around the house during winter, to broken furniture and empty paint cans and boxes, there is no shortage of things lying around that are not needed. And moving out is the best time to sort – and throw all of that out!
As mentioned already, you can throw all of this stuff in the dumpster. The dumpster company will make sure to deliver it to your home, both at the time and the place that is most convenient for you – all you need to do is ask! You can even keep the dumpster for as long as you need it, and prep for your move at your own pace. We hope you have enjoyed this article and that it helps make your next move a much easier one.