Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate | Vicki Millehan

How to Make Moving Easier

Now that you’ve closed on your new home, the time has come to pack up your belongings. But as you look around, you notice that you have substantially more items than you did when you first moved in. Blame it on the addition of your little one or the Target that opened up a mile from your subdivision, but you are now face-to-face with rooms full of items that cannot stay.


Below are some packing tips that will help your move go as easily as possible:



If you’re moving a box that hasn’t been opened or touched since the last time you moved, then don’t take it with you. Instead, see what can be donated and/or throw the items away.


Don’t Wait Around

Waiting until the last minute will cause you to be rushed, which increases your chances of throwing things in garbage bags and cramming them into your trunk.


Hire a Moving Company

If your budget allows, hire professionals to move your furniture and belongings. However, personally transport your heirlooms, jewelry, medication, and important documents.


Pack Each Room Separately

This helps with unpacking as well. If you hire movers, they know where to unload the boxes. And you don’t have to empty out a box full of silverware to find your hand towels.


Have Supplies Handy

Get plenty of moving boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and packaging tape.

How to Upgrade Your Curb Appeal

According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of prospective buyers will drive by a listing they like after seeing it online. Make sure you impress them by following the following tips:

Check Your Roof

Are you missing any shingles? Is your roof streaked and dirty? Take the time to replace any missing shingles and have your roof professionally cleaned.

Be Critical

You’ve put a lot of effort into making your house your own, which may cause you to turn a blind eye to criticism. Do yourself a favor and enlist a second pair of eyes to help you to identify problem areas around your home’s exterior.

Clean Your Exterior

Having your siding, decks, porches, and walkways cleaned can increase curb appeal with very little investment. If you don’t own a pressure washer, consider renting one from your local home improvement store. Another option is “Softwashing,” which can only be done by a licensed professional. However, it’s far less abrasive than pressure washing and eliminates the source of the stains for good.

Source: The Simple Dollar, What Not to Do When Selling Your Home

The Worst Things You Can Do When Selling Your Home

If you’re putting your home on the market, do your best not to make these common mistakes:

Declutter Your Belongings

Your action figure collection is super impressive, but it might not win over would-be buyers. As hard as it may be, you should strip your home of any personalization that may not connect with prospects. That means neutral paint on the walls, minimal family photos, and no clutter.

Tip: Consider hiring a real estate stager to get your home in tip-top shape.

Not Investing in Photography

Photos taken by phone have come a long way, but they still aren’t professional grade. Invest in professional photography for your home listing. An experienced photographer will know how to present your home in the best light, using their techniques and equipment, to get the most attractive photos.

Tip: Ask your real estate agent for referrals for professional photographers who have worked with listings similar to yours.

Hanging Around During Showings

If you’re hanging around the home, potential buyers may feel uncomfortable and not stay as long. Plus you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to interpret every mannerism, so do yourself a favor and head out about ten minutes before your agent is scheduled to appear.

Tip: Having pets around may cause more problems in the long run. Take your dog for a walk during brief showings or board them for the day if you’re hosting an open house.

I would love the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss buying or selling your Smith Mountain Lake home. Contact me directly to set up a consultation.


Source: The Simple Dollar, What Not to Do When Selling Your Home