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As May transitions into June, we are officially set to hit summer.  And that means (among other things) that it’s moving season.  According to the most recent census, almost 12% of the total United States population moves every year.  On average, families in the U.S. sell their homes about every 6 to 7 years.  One of the most popular reasons for moving is housing-related or because those moving "Wanted new or better home/apartment". Regardless of the reasons, moving from one home to another inevitably requires the need to dispose of unwanted household items.

 

As part of the selling process, many real estate agents and realtors will offer to help their clients stage their homes to present it in as an appealing manner as possible. What this often requires is the removal of redundant, broken or unsightly furniture and other household items.  Whether you are selling your home, helping a client sell, or simply moving to a new rental, here are some tips to help your prepare.

Determine What You Will Want to Take to Your New Home

  • Make a room-by-room survey of your home about a month or two before your planned move to determine if all your current furniture will be going with you. Clearly mark the items you don't want to move to the new place.

  • For those usable items you no longer want, consider donating items. Another option is selling items through a classifieds website, or giving them to friends or family.

  • Be sure to go through your attic, or basement and garage when you are deciding on what to take.

Make Sure You Have Plenty of Moving Materials

  • Get organized by obtaining all the materials you need to start packing such as moving boxes of various sizes, heavy-duty packing tape with a hand-held dispenser, bubble wrap, newspaper, permanent markers, zip-lock bags for furniture nuts and bolts, box cutter, and safety knives or scissors.

  • Look for used moving boxes in order to save money.  Boxes in good shape can be reused and resealed.

Begin by Packing Up Your Non-Essential Items Early

  • About a month before your expected move start packing the non-essential items that you had marked or set aside previously.

  • Remember to place heavier items on the bottom of boxes with lighter items on top. You can also fill spaces in boxes with extra linens or newspaper.

  • Don't overfill boxes. Boxes should weigh less than 50 pounds and should be able to close easily.

  • Labeling each box with its designated room at the new place will make unpacking quicker and easier.

Real Estate Professionals Can Help Clients With Junk Hauling

Staging a home that is going on the market is often a crucial step in the sales process. This is especially true in a so-called "Buyer's market."  When putting a home on the market, it is essential to see it from a prospective buyer’s eyes. Tired or damaged furniture a cluttered room or garage can hurt a sale.  You want a possible buyer need to see the potential the home has, so it is advantageous to make it as clean and look as spacious as possible. Real estate professionals can help potential buyers see the potential of their new home with these tips.

Create a Plan

  • Come by the home for an inspection.

  • During the initial visit, let your client know which parts of your home to enhance and which to hide.

  • Offer a list of quick improvements to make.

Get Rid of Unwanted Junk

  • Start the removal and hauling process.

  • determine what will be donated or given away first.

  • Once you’ve made the rooms presentable, start on the garage, attic, basement and yards.

  • Hire a Gone For Good to remove designated items to be discarded.

Clean It Up

  • A thorough cleaning can be done once the hauling and junk removal is complete.

  • Fill and patch holes or cracks.

  • Wash the walls and even repaint if needed.

  • A coat of paint on floorboards adds noticeably.

Getting the Best Hauling Team

Once you decide to outsource the hauling part of your real estate deal, you need to determine which firm is the right one for the job. And while you can certainly find plenty of guys with trucks willing to do the job, choosing that alternative may end up costing you more than you hoped to save.

This is why Gone For Good really is the best choice. Gone For Good provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly residential hauling service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of household items and debris after the sale is complete.

We can be on location in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.

One of the best things about hiring Gone For Good is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service