If you're an Indianapolis homeowner who's thinking of selling in 2010, you may be looking around your
house and wondering, Where did I get all
this stuff, and WHY? If that's the case, it's probably time to add PURGING to your new year's
resolutions. And while that might sound like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to
be. Just follow these simple steps and in no time your home will become a zen-like retreat that appeals to buyers!
--Set the bar low.
Don’t try to tackle your entire house at once. Chances are the only thing
you’ll achieve is frustration. Pick a room (your favorite, the one that needs
the least help, the smallest room in your house, whatever…) and give it the
once over, getting rid of anything that’s obviously unnecessary. Once that’s
done, dig deeper, opening drawers and closets for a more thorough purging.
Three times around a room should ensure that you’ve done all you can! Uncertain
about whether you should actually get rid of something, apply the following
--Haven’t used it? Lose
it. If you haven’t picked it up, worn it, or even looked at it in six
months or longer ask yourself what the odds are that you ever will. Better yet,
don’t even ask. Just get rid of it. Need some help letting go? Try this…
--A little help from
friends. One good and trusted friend is really all you need. While they’ll
understand what’s important to you, they’ll also have a more impartial,
rational view of your “treasures.” And speaking of treasures, remember that….
--One man’s trash is
another man’s treasure. Unless, of course, it really is just trash in which
case you should send it directly to the dumpster. Consider donating anything
that’s in good and working condition. Sure, you could save it for a yard sale,
but is the hassle really worth the $2 you’ll get for your $50 lamp? NO!
Donating can be a good tax write off, and it you’ll feel good knowing your stuff
is benefiting someone else. Many charitable organizations such as AmVets,
Goodwill and Second Starts will even pick up your donated items! How easy is
that? There’s only one thing left to do…
--Just say NO! Unless you correct your bad habits and stop bringing
more things into your home than you need, all your hard work will be for
naught. Adopt a strict Do Not Enter policy. If you can’t immediately think of a
place to put an object, a legitimate need for an item of clothing or a reason
to replace a gadget, leave it at the store. Your bank account and your home
will be happier for it!
For information on Indianapolis
real estate, contact your Indianapolis REALTOR:
Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, e-Pro, GRI
Haddad Team, Keller Williams Realty