RUTHERFORD (Aug. 26, 2010) — ERA Justin Realtor Jennifer Darby Metzger offers tips with a smile in getting those closets ready for the sale of your house. The firm is headquartered in Rutherford. For many, we hardly want to think about closets, but the day is nearing, hour by hour. When your Realtor arranges for an open house or appointment, you will no doubt make sure everything is tidy and clean. The dishes are put away, beds made, litter box cleaned. But, what about your closets? Storage is a number one priority with home buyers. They want to make sure they have a place to put their stuff. Will your closets prove to be a selling point?
Submitted photoERA Justin Realtor and broker co-owner Jennifer Darby Metzger takes a light approach to getting ready and getting rid of “stuff” before selling your house.
Ready? Here’s how it goes. You get a phone call. Friends are dropping by for a few minutes, so you toss everything into the closet. When your guests leave, you swear you will get to it tomorrow. Sometimes, tomorrow never comes. After a while, it becomes hard to close the door and you do not remember what is in there.
Everyone loves lots of closet space. The problem is it can become an “out of sight, out of mind” issue. Since these things reside behind a closed door, they do not get much thought until the day we absolutely have to have that one thing in the very back.
It is not going to go away by itself, so take time to tackle it head on and get organized. Remember, it took you a long time to accumulate these items. You cannot expect to clean them all out in a few hours.
You will find yourself agonizing over many decisions. The rule is, if you haven’t worn it for two years, toss it. If it is a gift that Aunt Emma gave you five years ago and something you will never use, get rid of it. (Just don’t tell Aunt Emma.) Pretend you are moving to smaller quarters, and you can only take the things you truly love.
Begin with clothing and shoes. Most of us keep favorites around far too long. Donate it to a charity. There is someone who will put your items to good use.
Think about your lifestyle as you make these choices. Maybe your former employment was in an office and you needed to wear suits every day. Your current employment is a more casual job and your attire now reflects this attitude. Keep your favorite two suits and take the others to a second hand store or give them away.
Place everything in piles: keepers, maybes or yard sale and donations.
Toys and seasonal items are a little more difficult. If the kids have outgrown those old skates, pass them down to a friend. Holiday decorations can tug at your heartstrings, but if they are broken or no longer hold their luster, out they should go. If you cannot bear to part with them, pack them in a storage box. By the time the de-cluttering is finished you should have room left over. Books, toys and clothing that are going to a charity should be boxed up or placed in plastic bags. If you are considering a yard sale, try to tag as you go along.
When you start sorting through paperwork, promise yourself to handle each piece only once. Papers that belong to other family members should be sorted and then handed over to that individual.
Control newspaper and magazine pile-up by vowing to discard each issue by the time the next one arrives. Some offices or charities are happy to have them, especially hospital waiting rooms. As for regular bills, they can be organized with a file box.
“There is a difference in real estate companies,” Jennifer continued. “Presenting consumer information, we believe, is in order to exceed sellers expectations of what ERA Justin Realty is about, as we don’t offer just the basics. In that way, we know that our sellers will hold us in the highest regard. Our sellers have put their thoughts in writing.
“We have on file for the asking, ‘What people are saying,’ our report of over 700 quotes and testimonials from our sellers and buyers. No other area real estate firm can offer that.”
ERA Justin Realty full service real estate consultants can be reached at either of their two Rutherford offices at 118 Jackson Ave. and 57 Park Ave., by office phone 201-939-7500, 201-438-0588 or 201-438-SOLD. Also view thousands of homes at www.ERAJustin.com and www.ERAJustinRealty.com.
— Submitted press release