How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Follow these guidelines if you are striving to sell your home quickly for top-dollar.

  • Purge

Show your potential buyers that there’s plenty of room for all their stuff. Your crowded closets and overflowing cupboards will only testify that space is limited. So give it away, throw it away or put it in storage temporarily.

  • De-Personalize

You might enjoy the knick-knacks and the countless family photos. But every reminder of YOUR family detracts from the buyer’s ability to imagine his own family in the space. So remove photos and personal items in order to create a clean space that feels spacious and neutral.

  • Clean Relentlessly

Buyers don’t want to imagine living in someone else’s mess, or worry about layers of grime and mildew waiting for them upon closing. If you want top dollar for your home, then demonstrate your commitment to taking care of it by keeping it super clean.

  • Remove Items You Won’t Sell

If you will be taking a chandelier or a set of curtains with you, then it is best to remove and replace before you put it on the market. Otherwise you’ll have to negotiate these items in your agreement and it might frustrate a buyer.

  • Remove Bold Colors

Neutral colors appeal to a larger number of potential buyers. Spend a few dollars and paint it beige so there’s one less reason for a buyer to walk away.

  • Hire The Experts

If you find yourself emotionally tied to your belongings, consider hiring the experts. A Home Organizer can assist you with removing excess items that can jeopardize a sale and assist you in arranging items in a way that enhances the space.

  • Take a Walk

Does your yard speak of a home that is well managed? Are gutters clear of debris and foundations cared for? Is the roof maintained in order to increase life expectancy? A quality service provider can take care of gutters, roofs and windows all in one day…and give your home a facelift that more than pays for itself when you sell.

Gig Harbor Home Management provides home organization, home cleaning, relocation services and vacant home watch for empty homes still on the market. Call us today at 253.225.4864 and we’ll provide a free in-home consultation to get you started.

Gig Harbor Home Management in Gig Harbor’s Gateway this week

Gateway Home Special March 2014 Front CoverCheck out our organizational tips in Gig Harbor’s Gateway this week and find our 20% off coupon for new clients.

Rising Star Award Finalist

Sarah Friesen of Gig Harbor Home Management, is a top finalist for the Rising Star Award with the Alliance of Women Owned Businesses! Read the full article here.

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8 Health Benefits to Staying Organized

More Achievements + More TimeMake Room For You
When you are organized, you’ll work more efficiently because you’ll know where to find what you need, won’t get mentally bogged down by messy distractions, and therefore free up more time for needed relaxation and balance.

Less Embarrassment
When your home and office are tidy, you spend less time worrying about what other people think and more time feeling good about it.

Healthier Environment
There’s no doubt about it: tidy house = clean house = fewer germs.

Positive Role Modeling
Instead of arguing with kids and using the “Do as I say, not as I do…” strategy, you’ll feel great about the example and expectations you are setting for them as you strive to raise responsible, productive adults.

Increased Optimism and Money Saved
When you know what you already have, you’ll spend less and feel more positive about your finances.

Reduced Clutter & Increased Positive Self-Talk
Ever feel like the knowledge of what you haven’t done weighs you down? Do you hear voices inside your head that send discouraging messages every time you see yet another mess you haven’t tackled? When you’ve made the effort to keep important documents organized, efficiently scheduled upcoming events like school performances and bills due, cleared off countertops and managed to use your gift cards before they expire, you’ll feel more balanced, in control, positive and better yet – those nagging, negative voices will finally go away.

Improved Emotional and Mental Health
Disorganization within a household can contribute to depression and family arguments. Taking control of the clutter can ease everyone’s stress levels and bring harmony.

Did You Know
Developing a habit of the “10-minute Tidy” encourages family members to put away their things and prepare for the next day. Even small efforts like emptying the car upon your return home each day can help to start the next day off with a positive outlook.

Stress of any kind contributes to health challenges. But making small changes in your home environment can strengthen overall health and longevity. 

We know how to bring Calm to your Chaos.

 

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Homeowners Find Great Benefits from Hiring Home Manager

hand and keyFrom the busy executive waking up at 4 a.m. with his mind in overdrive…to the over-tired parent who’s just trying to keep up with all that life brings…to the retired snowbird who’s finally rewarded with winters in the sun…we get to help people from all walks of life.

Home Management is the maintenance, protection and organization of a household.

It is a growing industry designed with virtually everyone in mind.

 

 

Home Watch: Easing Your Worries
Whether you’re a snowbird, a family leaving on vacation, or an owner of a vacant home on the market, hiring a Home Watch Manager means you’ve got someone dedicated to checking the inside of your home, and a trusted advocate for problem-solving. Bottom line: saving you money by discovering problems before they’re out of hand.

Home Maintenance Oversight: Saving You Time
From carpet cleaners to handymen, window cleaners to plumbers…you want the most qualified but it takes time to make it all happen. Our priority as your Home Management Company is to develop a long-term relationship so that we can help you all through the year: one phone call, many solutions.

Simply Spotless: Keeping it Clean
We provide our most discriminating clients with high quality housecleaning and dependable expertise. You tell us what is most important to you, and we’ll guarantee that it gets done.

Simply Organized: Calming your Chaos
An unorganized house weighs us down more than any of us like to admit. We want to understand what matters most to you, and then tackle those priorities on your behalf. Our professional organizer can turn your space into a peaceful place.

Senior Relocations: Moving Your Loved Ones
We understand the pressures on families with aging parents, and the need for trustworthy and comprehensive support during a Senior’s transition to a new living space. We will oversee all details of a senior’s move – from sorting, to coordinating estate sales, to emotional support on moving day.

Earning You Money
Owners of Vacation Rentals can find it challenging to manage bookings, maintain a property and prepare for guests. Hiring me as your Home Manager means that there’s one key, one facilitator and one dependable person who’s passionate about getting you repeat business.

Gig Harbor Home Management is GROWING leaps and bounds to accommodate all of our client needs. Our staff members are passionate about standing beside you as a partner and trusted advocate in holding all the pieces of your puzzle together. Spend time doing what you do best; and our team will take care of the rest!

January is “National Get Organized Month”

closetThe National Association of Professional Organizers gave January a name for a good reason. Recovering from a busy holiday season, most of us feel overwhelmed with stuff and have the urge to clear out, make room, simplify and start over. Just look at all those new organizing tools on sale!

We can’t get you to the gym every morning at 6 am (you go girl!) but here’s a January checklist to inspire you…imagine how proud you’ll feel to be so prepared for your new year.

  • Send thank you cards for gifts received.
  • Purge holiday decorations, and re-pack items in labeled, tidy containers for next year. Donate whatever you didn’t use for the last 2 years.
  • As you put away your gifts, find something in each cupboard to give away.
  • Encourage kids to sort old toys and donate items they no longer play with in order to make room for the new.
  • Throw out expired medicines.
  • Complete a home maintenance list of all items needing repair, replacement or upgrading, and work them into your annual budget.
  • Change furnace and water filters.
  • Recycle last year’s magazines.
  • Buy your new 2014 calendar and fill in annual events.
  • Set up your 2014 files for household bills.
  • Create a “tickler” filing system to keep your home organized throughout
    the year. It’s super easy to do in January! Subscribe to our newsletter at www.SimplyOrganizedGigHarbor.com for free step-by-step instructions.
  • Once you have organized your home and cleared the clutter, bring in the experts at Simply Spotless. A deep clean in January can tackle nooks and crannies that haven’t been touched in months. Imagine how great it will feel to return home from work, play (or the gym) to relax in the comfort of a sparkling, fresh house cleaned just for you.

Call Now- 253-225-4864

If you’re needing help, our Simply Organized professional organizer can assist you with virtually everything on that list above! And then she’ll team up with our Simply Spotless housekeepers to make your house the most organized and cleanest on the block this January. Call 253.225.4864 today for a free in-home consultation.

Quick Tips for a Smooth Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and it’s easy to feel a bit frazzled and overwhelmed with the long to-do list.

Here are some tips for staying on top: in under 10 minutes a task!

Staying on top of small daily activities will allow you more time each day to do the fun stuff without worrying about the state of your home!

Always make your bed. Our moms used to tell us that once the bed was made, the room was 50% done. They were right. And somehow, a tidy bed brings an amazing sense of satisfaction.

Start the day off right. Add 10 more minutes to your family’s morning routine, and get all family members to put away their dishes and pj’s.

Keep up with clutter. Enlist family members in the 10-minute tidy every night – a clean coffee table can clear the mind.

Wrap as you buy. Create a wrapping station in a quiet place in your home. Leave it all out and wrap each gift as you buy it – or at least 1 a day until you’re done.

Spread out the baking. Instead of stressing out in the few days before guests arrive, figure out what you can make ahead of time and freeze. You’ll enjoy the process more – and maybe even have time to include the kiddos in the fun.

Clear kitchen counter clutter. Before the days get too full, take 10 minutes to increase your efficiency and clear away unnecessary items from your counters.

Book your cleaners. A quick phone call or a day of cleaning: it’s your choice!

Give up some control. Letting go of small things can ease your own tension…and focus on what really matters.

Take time for yourself. A walk…a book…a coffee break. Blink, and the holidays are gone, so be sure to give yourself a happy moment in the middle of it all.

Gig Harbor Home Management provides organizational and cleaning services to homeowners across town who need just a little bit of help to pull it all off. Call us today at 253.225.4864 to hear how we can give you just a few more hours in your day!

Holiday Countdown Checklist

Yes. It’s true. They’re coming. And you can’t stop them.

Keep this list handy so you’re ready to handle anything that comes your way!

holiday-smallerNovember 8 – 14

  • Book in advance for housekeeping, carpet cleaning, family photo session and holiday lights installation (our preferred providers are terrific – give us a call).
  • Update your holiday card list.
  • Begin gathering wrapping and shipping supplies.
  • Formalize plans for overnight guests.
  • Begin to form your holiday shopping budget.

November 15 – 21

  • Start shopping for gifts.
  • Inventory holiday decorations and make additional purchases.
  • Make plans for Thanksgiving dinner and create menu.
  • Buy non-perishables for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Make final Thanksgiving “to-do” list.
  • Finish Thanksgiving decorations.

November 22 – 28

  • Narrow down gift ideas and make plans for Black Friday.
  • Start baking items you can freeze.
  • Purchase perishable items for Thanksgiving, begin cooking one day ahead so you can enjoy the big day!

November 29 – December 5

  • Put up holiday decorations.
  • Finish shopping for gifts that need to be shipped.
  • Make room for winter weather apparel, especially boots by the front door.
  • Check that all outdoor lightingis functioning for safety.
  • Write and mail holiday cards; start wrapping gifts and continue to wrap as you buy.

December 6 – 12

  • Finish shipping gifts.
  • Buy your live tree and finish your decorating.
  • Finalize your menus, order turkey or ham, and take stock of your dishes and glasses.
  • Prepare for guests, clear dresser space and make sure they’ll be comfortable.

December 13 – 19

  • Finish holiday baking.
  • Ensure your sidewalks and porches are regularly cleared of ice.
  • Purchase non-perishable food items.

December 20 – 26

  • Deep clean your home for guests.
  • Buy extra batteries for children’s toys and electronics.
  • Make time for yourself and your loved ones before the season disappears.
  • Ask your family for ideas on how to create a new tradition.
  • Buy fresh ingredients.
  • 2 days before: start cooking and finish stocking stuffers.
  • 1 day before: charge camera batteries and make timeline for tomorrow.

December 25: Breathe it in and ENJOY!

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of handling the holiday preparations on your own, Gig Harbor Home Management can help you with

Give us a call at 253.225.4864 to hear about how we can bring calm to your chaos so that you can actually ENJOY the holidays!

Holiday Lights

Professional Holiday Lights in Gig Harbor 

Time to brag a little bit…feeling mighty proud of my alliance with Gig Harbor’s busiest installer of holiday lights.

Busier than ever, they’re working 7 days a week to make sure sure your lights are up by the beginning of December. So if the idea of professionally installed lights isn’t quite enough to make you pick up the phone, maybe this will:

  • You get to choose the colors and they custom fit the wires to your home.
  • They install and set up the timers (even in the rain and wind).
  • They return to replace bulbs if any burn out during the season.
  • They remove them in January.
  • And the best part: they store them til next year!

Don’t pass up the chance to have Gig Harbor’s most referred Holiday Lights Installer take special care of your home this season.

 Call me at 253.225.4864
and I’ll arrange a free estimate for you – on the double!

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