Organizing

Staging Your Home to Sell

In today’s competitive housing market, in order to sell your home quickly and for the highest value, it’s crucial that your home stands out against the competition. Staging your home professionally can help you not only remove clutter in advance of your move to a new home, but can also increase your home’s appeal by improving the flow and room functionality.

Here’s how and why:

  1. Understand the value you’re adding to your home by showcasing its very best qualities.

    Staging not only results in a quicker sale but also tends to increase the home’s sale price A recent study by the National Association of Realtors© found that 95% of agents recommend that sellers declutter and stage their home before putting it on the market.

  2. It doesn’t have to break the bank. We generally first try to incorporate the current homeowner’s furnishings and decor, and sometimes staging simply requires removing a few pieces of furniture and moving things around to define spaces and improve flow. If we do bring in furniture and accessories, we offer several different pricing levels, and often stage only key rooms like Living, Dining, Master Bedroom and Office/Den.

  3. Stand out. Given that 95% of potential buyers now begin their home search online, stagers can also help with maximizing how the home showcases in photos. Beautifully furnished, light and bright rooms will greatly improve level of interest (and prospective buyers) vs. dark, empty or cluttered spaces.

    Interested in a complimentary staging consultation? Contact us today!

The Art of Downsizing

Whether you’re entering into retirement, purchasing a townhouse or smaller home to reduce home maintenance or unfortunately dealing with the passing of a family member, the process of downsizing and preparing a home for sale can be an overwhelming and daunting task. If you’re thinking about making a move, it’s recommended that you begin up to one year prior to listing your home. Wondering where to begin? Grab some large bags (we like the big reusable shopping bags like from IKEA, but you can also use plain contractor or garbage bags) and small boxes. then head for one of the areas listed below:

  1. Closets, closets, closets. Review your wardrobe and consider donating items you haven’t worn (or fit in!) during the past year or two. Be realistic about sizes you keep…The average person only wears 20% of the clothing they own!

  2. Basement/Attic/Garage. Are you part of the 25% of Americans that have a two car garage but can only park one car because its become a storage area? Is that utility room in the basement cluttered from top to bottom? Group like items together and place in plastic totes with labels, i.e. holiday decorations, camping equipment, etc.

  3. Home Office. If you have old computers, printers, or monitors, that still work, they can be donated. DellReconnect.com is a partnership with Goodwill that accepts any brand of computer, as well as “just about anything that can be connected to a computer,” according to the website. You can drop off used devices at participating Goodwill locations around the country. Cellphonesforsoldiers.com collects all brands of used cell phones and either sends them to troops or recycles them, reducing the impact on landfills.

  4. Kitchen. Still holding on to that bread, ice cream or waffle maker? Box up seldom used small appliances, and old cookware, dinnerware to donate. Is your plastic or glass food storage container drawer overflowing? Edit and only keep newer ones with matching lids.

Fortunately, today there are numerous charitable resources available, and we use them often when assisting with “clearing the clutter” in our clients’ homes. Some donation sites like Greendrop.com will even allow you to choose which specific charity your belongings will go to, including groups like National Federation of the Blind, American Red Cross, American Veterans, Purple Heart and Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Save only what matters to you. Take a positive approach and don't look at it like you're getting rid of everything that you once loved. Instead, think in terms of saving what is important and what you will actually use in your new life. If an item doesn't bring you joy and satisfaction, then let go of it and offer it to someone else have it so they can appreciate it to its fullest. Simplify your life by having a smaller but more valuable collection of belongings.

Gratitude- Military Discounts

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There is no time better than now to give thanks to our military. The 4th of July is a time to celebrate our country and the people that sacrifice their lives to protect us. So here at Simplified Solutions DC we are offering 20 percent off services to military families. Knowing first hand that being in the military comes with lots of life changes and we are here to help along the way. Simplified Solutions DC can assist when there is a job shift, need to de-clutter or stage a home. There is no task that we can’t handle and are thankful to be able these military families.

Please contact Debbie Parrillo at 571-251-1190 for more detailed information.

Toys, Toys, Toys! Why NOW is the best time to organize your playroom!

Photo by KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock / Getty Images

 

Summer is right around the corner and spending time outdoors with family and friends and less time inside is such a wonderful thought.  Eventually the kids work their way inside and having the kids home from school and playing with their friends is always so fun, but the clean up of the playroom afterwards is usually painful.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  So take advantage of your time now while the kids are in school and get your summer spaces ready, and there is no better room to start in than the kids toys and playrooms.

If your kids are like all other kids, we are sure they grow out of playing with certain toys and/or do not play with some of the toys because they don’t know where they are.  Kicking off the summer organized is a fantastic way to start. 

Whether you decided to either tackle just a drawer, toy closet or an entire playroom, a great way to begin is to divide the toys into piles. 

1.    Keepers - Toys and games that you know the kids will enjoy now and in the future.

2.    Get Rid Of - Toys and games that are broken, missing pieces, or simply will not be used in the next year.

3.    Give-aways - Toys or books that your kids are now too old to play with, that someone else would enjoy. 

4.    Misplaced – Items from your house that belong in another room.

Once you have the toys you need like everything else in your house it should have a place where it belongs.  Having baskets with labels on is helpful to get the kids involved to join in the clean up.  Even better would be to print a picture of what belongs in the basket so younger kids can pitch in.

It is such a great feeling to have this accomplished before school is out and then have more time to play and enjoy your friends and family.  Need an extra pair of hands to tackle these toys, contact Simplified Solutions for help just in time before school is out.