When selling your home, no matter if you’re planning to style it yourself or have help from a company like Sell in Style Property Styling, you’ll want a stress-free move. For most, moving can be daunting. Getting your house in order is a whole process and can often take a lot of emotional and physical energy.
Sell In Style has helped hundreds of families and individuals to style their homes for sale and, throughout the years, has collected insider tips and tricks to help create a stress-free move before and after the styling process.
Before The Move
Before you move home, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself organised, calm and, most importantly, stress-free. Depending on if you plan on having your home styled or staged for sale, it will potentially change how you plan your move. However, getting organised early is your best bet for avoiding stress.
Start purging and organising before you move
As soon as you decide to sell the home, you should start purging and clearing out anything you no longer need. The sooner you begin to tackle your house, the less stressed you’ll be. While this may seem forward, we often hear people say that they should have started packing their homes much sooner than they did. You may be questioning if you should empty your house before selling, and this all depends on each individual and their situation.
You also want to be sure that when you’re starting to pack, you clear out and get anything you don’t need as you go. Create piles to get rid of, donate and keep. This way you can stay organised without taking anything you don’t want to your new home.
Make a plan
We love a plan, and so does our logistics team. Planning can be exactly what you need to remain calm and stress-free during your move. Similar to our above tip, when you know you’re going to put your house on the market, create a plan for how you’re going to tackle the house. If you’re five weekends out, then dedicate a weekend or weeknight clearing out one room at a time. When you move, it can often feel like you need to do everything at once; creating a plan and sticking to it can help you tackle the home easily.
During The Move
Depending on each situation, you may be living in your home while it’s staged. However, clients are ideally off-site when an installation is being completed. These are a few tips that will help you get through the middle period.
Create piles and hide clutter
Before we’ve styled your home for sale, all of the clutter must be out of sight, and yes, for once, shoving everything into a cupboard is a great idea! For some, you may be completely organised by the time we reach staging and styling. However, for those who need that extra time, create piles of your belongings that can sit in cupboards of particular rooms and can be removed while the house is on the market. This is a helpful tip to combat the clutter, particularly if you’re still living in your home while it’s for sale.
Keep essentials on hand
When moving, you want to keep all of your needed essentials on hand and close by. This can be anything from personal items to clothes. When you transition from the old house to the new, keeping these essentials close by will make the move as stress-free as possible.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Trying to make our way through a move often takes much longer than we think and can be somewhat emotional. If you need to, ask for help. Ask either friends or family to help for an afternoon or over the weekend to lighten the load. Not to mention, this also makes moving so much more fun!
After the move
After you’ve moved out of your home and are officially in your new home, you’re almost done with moving. We promise doing these last two steps will make you feel lighter and make the move worth it.
Once you’ve moved out of your beautifully styled home and achieved that terrific sale price you’re looking for before you unpack, give your new home a deep clean. While this can seem like an added task, it’s much easier to clean without any furniture or boxes in your way. Start with one room at a time, cleaning from top to bottom. This means starting with ceiling fans (notorious for collecting dust), walls, windows, and skirting boards and then moving to your floors. You can unpack after you’ve given your brand-new home a deep clean.
Unpack as soon as you can
Ok, you’ve cleaned top to bottom; now it’s time to unpack! We highly recommend that you get to unpacking as soon as you can. While it may seem less stressful to get to rooms and boxes when possible, having all your belongings unpacked and in your new home lets you relax.
Of course, moving can be stressful and overwhelming, but taking a few of these tips and implementing these when you move can help you relax and enjoy the process of moving. Moving into a new house is fun and exciting, so give yourself the time to enjoy it. If you’re looking for one thing to be taken off your plate, chat with our team here at Sell In Style Property Styling. We offer a range of styling terms to best fit you and your budget. But if you’re still looking for some inspiration, read through our blogs and stay up to date with us on social media.