Get Organized in Livermore Valley!

Per the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales recently jumped, continuing the upward trend of the real estate market.  This is exciting news for Livermore Valley home owners who are considering selling their home.

A question I often hear from a home seller is, “What can I do to make my home appeal to buyers?”  In many cases they’re already considering minor remodeling projects.  The obvious spruce-ups come to mind; fresh paint, new carpeting, and updating the appliances.  But you could be surprised by the areas that buyers examine.

Having worked with many Livermore Valley buyers, I can tell you the areas they investigate when considering a home include the closets, the cabinets, and the kitchen pantry. They consider everything from the storage area in the garage, to the usable space in the attic.  These areas hold enormous curiosity to prospective buyers.                               

Yes, they’ll open the closet doors and look inside.  They can’t stop themselves.

What they’re wondering is, “Is there room for all of our stuff?”

When buyers are interested in your home, they will visualize placing their furniture in it, and imagine putting their belongings in the closets.  This is a reaction you want to encourage!

Therefore, one of the first things you can do to prepare for a buyer, is organize critical storage areas before you tackle bigger projects.  Otherwise, it’s far too tempting to keep shoving the overflow into already-full closets.

Here are a few tips to make organizing easy:

  • De-clutter your home one drawer, one shelf, one closet, and one room at a time.
  • Donate seldom-worn clothing to local charities.  Toys and furnishings in good condition may also be donated.
  • Be decisive. If it’s not moving with you later, discard it now.
  • Use storage containers rather than cardboard boxes. Air-tight storage containers have the advantages of being dust-proof, pest-resistant, and moisture-proof.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the task of organizing, take heart!  There are professional organizers who can come to the rescue.  In fact, January is “GO Month” (Get Organized Month) with the National Association of Professional Organizers.  These certified organizers can help your family tackle the most chaotic clutter.  Livermore Valley has several members of NAPO listed in local business directories.

A neat, organized home appeals to buyers at all price levels.  Whether you invest in a modular closet system or simply remove the excess clutter from your garage, you will create open space that draws a buyer in.

There are many ways you can prepare your home for sale.  The very first place to start is by contacting me for your comprehensive market analysis.  Let me organize a sales strategy for you!

John Kurtzer
Your Livermore Real Estate Expert
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