“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages.
Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year—the words we forgot to say,
the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.”
– Peggy Toney Horton, Freelance Journalist
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2021 and embrace the 2022 New Year, it’s a great time to get organized, especially if buying or selling a house is in your plans. Here are a few real estate “resolutions” to consider.
Buyers – Get Your Financial House in Order
- Purchasing a home takes planning and plenty of time and effort. One of the first things you should consider is meeting with a mortgage professional early in the year. Getting pre-approved will determine what you can afford.
- Know your credit score and understand what your financial situation looks like from a lender’s perspective.
- If you have credit issues, identify what they are and take the necessary steps to correct them. Sometimes it can take six months to see your FICO score move up the much-needed 20 points to get you a better mortgage rate.
Sellers – Get others to see the house as their potential home, not yours
- According to RE/MAX Metro realtor Estelia Mesimer, the key to getting buyers to see your home as theirs is to de-personalize and de-clutter. Start by following these easy tips:
- Put away family photos, sports trophies, collectible items, knick-knacks, and souvenirs; Clean and organize closets;
- When it comes to preparing a house, painting gives you the best return for money spent;
- At the very least all carpeting needs to be steam cleaned.
- Any worn, stained or foul smelling carpet should be replaced.
- Any flooring that is cracked or damaged should be replaced, if possible.
Sellers – Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean
One of the most challenging parts of the home sale process is keeping the house clean while it’s on the market, especially if you have children. Here are a few things you can do on a daily and weekly basis that will greatly improve its appearance.
- Put the dishes in the dishwasher every night – no excuses!
- Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet.
- Bring everything back to its assigned place.
- Keep all your cleaners, as well as rubber gloves and spare cleaning cloths in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.
- Stash cleaning implements such as a toothbrush, scraper, sponge, a few cleaning cloths and plastic bags in a builder’s apron that you wear when you clean. Hook your glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops to keep your hands free as you work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)
- Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It’s faster. Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that’s done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.
- For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties: One of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds, the other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes.
Bottom Line: The start of the New Year brings a sense of renewal and revitalization. Let’s resolve to be more organized in our professional and personal lives beginning with our home.
Happy New Year – 2022!
Related Reading and Links:
The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized, by Karen Ehman
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondō
101 Best Organizing Tips – Easy Home Organization Ideas
If you’re interested in any of these of communities or live in one and are thinking of selling, talk to The Mesimer Team.
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