Preparing for and living through a move is one of the most stressful things one can do. The benefits of staging a home to sell are now almost universally understood.  If you want to maximize the sale price of your home and the speed in which it sells, staging is critical.

Staging involves three steps:

1. The consultation –  guidance on what is required to present the house in fine form

2. The preparation –  repairs, maintenance, cosmetic updates and editing possessions to ensure the home’s assets  are showcased

3. The presentation – final touches to position furniture and add lifestyle elements to engage the targeted buyer

There can be a long list of things to do, especially in Step 2. One you really don’t want to rush is the editing of your possessions. You can create problems by hurrying through the process of clearing out everything which does not help sell the current home, without giving thought to what you really ought to keep for your new residence and lifestyle, or what you need for day-to-day life.

If you place everything in a storage unit, you may expend energy and money moving and storing items that you could have gifted, donated or sold.  You also feel overwhelmed at the thought of having to go through these items at a later date, perhaps in a smaller space.  It can be better to make the tough decisions as you prepare for the move. Some of these decisions can be emotionally challenging.

Herein lies the benefit of working with a Professional Organizer. Effective Staging focuses on driving up the value of the sale.  Professional Organizers focus on how you live.  Organizers understand how to plan and execute a move, what you’ll need to live comfortably through the move, and how to plan effectively for life in a new space. A professional with combined Organizing and Staging skills will give you sound advice to increase your financial return while taking into account your current and future lifestyle needs, ensuring peace of mind.

Allow time for the process and seek professional guidance when you need it, and you can minimize the stress of moving.