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Fixing up the House – De-clutter First!

Young Decatur Couple with daughter laughing

If you've lived in your house for any length of time, chances are good that it could stand an overhaul.  And, if you are contemplating the sale of your Decatur home in the near future, a few tips might be useful.

Many young families have rooms in their home that serve multiple purposes - dining rooms turned into toy rooms, closets that are overflowing, and hallways jammed with strollers, shoes, and play equipment.  Older homeowners often have homes that are are filled with years of accumulation - their collections and those of their adult children. Most of us could use some de-cluttering advice:

Whatever your circumstances, here are some handy tips compiled by the National Association of Professional Organizers for beginning the job:

  • Thomas Jefferson said "I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have".  This seems especially true when faced with a major project like decluttering.
  • Kitchen - Consolidate things that work together, such as baking pans, electrical appliances, and pots and pans.  Get rid of all mis-matched plastic containers or duplicate items you never use.  Remove outdated food staples and spices.
  • Kid's Room - place bins and boxes on lower shelves so a child can put away toys, provide low hooks to hang up sweaters, jackets, book bags, etc., donate old or unused toys on a regular basis, make or buy a hall storage unit to store outdoor equipment, coats and shoes
  • Closets - Pull out everything you haven't worn in the past year, hang like items together - shirts, pants, dresses, etc., display items you want at your fingertips and store the rest in bins or drawers. Make sure your closets are well-lighted.
  • Garage/Basements - Toss things that don't work!, Sort, purge and properly store items you want to keep, decide how to use the space - workshop or storage center?

​And, if you are thinking of selling your home, clean closets, a streamlined kitchen, and a well-organized garage/basement will help a buyer visualize how they can use the space. You may also want to consider renting a storage space to contain your overflow. 

​Good luck in accomplishing this difficult job - remember, the harder you work, the luckier you get.

Young Decatur Couple with daughter laughing
Older couple on couch in their Decatur home

Winter Curb Appeal for Decatur Homes

Decatur home with stone planters at front door

Winter climate in the Atlanta area is generally mild - at least milder than in many other parts of the country.  Temperatures do dip lower, trees lose their leaves, and shorts are no longer popular apparel.  

There may not be snow in the backyard, but cold days and nights are interspersed with incredible sunny days when you could enjoy a picnic on the deck, and many days when curling near the fire or the heat register is an appealing option.

This is a time when most homeowners in Decatur focus on a cozy interior, rather than the bleak exterior landscape.  With a little creativity, however, it is possible to enhance the exterior of your home and enjoy outside activities on those beautiful days:

Once the leaves are raked, consider decorating outside your home for the cooler months.

  • ​Make your front door a focal point with a colorful wreath, incorporate large planters filled with evergreens and berries.
  •  Add exterior fairy lights on trees or try spotlights on architectural features
  • Keep your furniture on the deck for sunny day picnics
  •  Maintain your lawn and remove twigs and fallen debris regularly

You may be lucky enough to enjoy a sparkling 70 degree day in January or February.  Welcome to Decatur winter weather!

Selling Your Decatur Home During the Holidays

Decatur Home with front porch decorated for the holidays

Most homeowners considering the sale of their home in Atlanta or Decatur plan to to sell in the spring, rather than in the winter months.  The weather is generally milder, trees and flowers are in bloom, and there are more prospective buyers are looking for homes in the spring.

There are several compelling reasons, however, why selling your home during the holidays might make sense.  First of all, fewer homes are on the market, which  means the buyers looking during this time are serious buyers.

  • ​Buyers often have more time during the holidays to look for a new home, as work demands ease.
  • During the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Years, most homes show at their best with all the holiday glitter and decorations in place. A lighted tree, candles in the window and a table set with family china for a feast can be an inviting scene.  No other time of year can complete with the glorious output we present in our homes at this time of year.
  • As there are fewer homes on the market at this time and less competition, a higher selling price may be achieved.
  • There may also be some tax advantages for buyers who purchase before the end of the year, so serious buyers may be anxious to close during this time.

If your home is show-ready now, why wait until spring to sell?  Selling your Decatur home during the holiday season may work to your advantage.  Most homes show better, are cleaner, and smell better during the holidays.  What festive images will a buyer envision when they view your holiday-staged home?

They may be picturing themselves living in your home during the next holiday season!