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Moving into a new home is an exciting process. After shopping around and finding a new home, your attention tends to shift only to the new house. With the anticipation of closing the deal, bringing your belongings into your new home, and deciding on new design and layout schemes, you might forget about the house you are leaving. Staging your home for selling is an important step. There are a few things you can do to make the selling process go a little smoother:

Finish What You Start
Unfinished projects can scare off buyers. If you have missing floorboards, a half-built gazebo, or cracks in the sidewalk, complete these projects as soon as possible. Fixer-uppers are one thing, but unfinished projects send the wrong message to buyers—they will expect a much lower asking price. In the end, finishing these projects will cost you less than lowering your home’s price and make for a more tempting offer.
Spruce Up The Yard
To bring in that added “wow” factor to your home, mow the grass, kill any weeds, and add shrubs and flowers where needed. Real estate agents call this “curb appeal” and you’ll be surprised by how small changes can make a big impact. Highlight the best areas and downplay the weaknesses of your yard. Touch-up any mulch or rock landscaping, shape or clean up trees and shrubs, and clean any dirty surfaces. Adding a few nice perennial flowers can be a nice touch, too —especially if you plan on removing any plants or shrubs to take with you when you move.

Declutter The House
One of the most important steps in moving is to get rid of clutter, especially if you show your home before you move. And we’re not just talking about trash or moving boxes; one of the major sources of trouble in a cluttered home is having too much furniture. Help solve this by getting rid of some of your unwanted furniture by recycling it or putting it into storage until you move.

When it does come time to move out, dispose of all your unwanted debris in a timely manner. This is very important if your home is still on the market. TKI offers recycling centers in Cold Spring and Glenwood, MN. You can dispose of construction or demolition debris, unwanted furniture and more. You can also recycle materials such as metals, clean wood, appliances, electronics, concrete, asphalt, and brick.

Neutral Colors Are Your Friend
Accent walls are a nice touch to give a room a bit of your own personality, but something as simple as the wrong color can deter potential buyers. Your best bet is to decorate and paint your home with neutral colors. This way, buyers can imagine how they would style the room themselves.

Think About Lighting
Many homes are not properly lit. For day-to-day activity, most of us will not notice this, but buyers appreciate a home they can see. A simple fix is to increase the wattage in your existing lamps and fixtures. A good rule of thumb is 100 watts per 50 square feet. Combine a room’s natural light with task (otherwise known as under-cabinet or reading light) and accent light on a table or wall to make your home feel warm and inviting.

The road to a new home is exciting, and each homeowner’s path is different. Whether you find yourself in need of a space to store your belongings, a container to remove your debris, somewhere to recycle materials, or demolition to start a new project, TKI can help you on your way. Check out our website to learn more.