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If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know we are trying to sell our home and move to the Pacific Northwest. Our home is now re-listed with a very motivated realtor. It’s just been back on the market for a few weeks and we’ve had numerous showings! Hopefully we’ll get an offer one of these days. There are many tips to sell your house and I’ve been reading as many as I can!Tips To Sell Your House


On last week’s blog hop I featured a post called How To Sell Your House in Less Than a Week. There were many excellent points in the post. In fact the tips for selling your house yielded an excellent result for the sellers, they had an offer on the first weekend!


Spring is the best and the busiest season to sell a home. The buyer’s pool is strongest in the spring and summer. Many folks want to make a move before the school season starts. Most parents don’t want to move when their children are in school. Most buyers want to move when the weather is most accommodating.


Before you put your home on the market here are three tips to sell you home. Following this advice can help you during the preparation process.


  1. Address the exterior of the home. Here in Vermont winter can be harsh. It’s important to make an effort to address anything that might negatively affect their homes’ curb appeal. If it’s in the budget hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping or address any issues that arose during the winter. For us it meant renting an electric sweeper and removing all the gravel in the lawn from the plowing!

I will also be planting several large planters we have to add some color. The outside is what the potential buyers will notice first and you want to make a good impression! Tips To Selling your House


  1. Conquer interior clutter. We spend a lot of time in our house during the winter and as a result the clutter accumulates over the season. We spent the winter months packing away all the family photos, cleaning out our closets and sorting through our numerous books. I have to say our house looks much more open and inviting. We even took one of my reader’s advice and repainted our kitchen from a brick red to white so that all the walls are now the same color. We also took down our curtains, which made the view outside our windows much, more inviting.tips to selling your house


  1. Eliminate Odors. We don’t have any pets currently so this is not an issue. If you do have pets or even if you do a lot of cooking it is a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of the house, including vacuuming and removal of any pet hair that has accumulated. We run a wood stove all winter and it’s amazing the dust that accumulates over the winter. Open the windows on those nice spring days and let the fresh air in.tips to sell your house


Spring is a popular and potentially lucrative time to sell a home and if you prepare your home for the market you may reap even greater rewards.

No our house hasn’t sold but moving, packing and de-cluttering is on the forefront these days. There are so many things to consider when making a move! I’m a planner and a list maker and although it will be many months before we’re actually making a move I thought I would gather my thoughts and think about the things to consider when making a move.Making a Move


We no longer have children at home so one thing we don’t have to think about is schools! My husband also works from home so trying to find a location near a place of employment is also something we don’t have to think about.


Top of the list is sorting and purging your belongings. We have been in this process for the last year. We are currently going through old slides! Between my husband and I we have reels of old slides and then boxes of loose slides. It’s tedious work but every evening we sort through a couple of reels tossing most of the slides but keeping the few treasures we come upon. It’s funny because as a teenager and in my early twenties I took so many scenic photos and very few photos of people. The scenic shots are pretty but how many photos of flowers and marshes do you want to keep?Preparing for a move


Anyway going though every room of your house and deciding what you’d like to keep and what you’d like to get rid of is time consuming. However when you’re paying for the move yourself you want to make sure that you’re moving exactly what you want and need and nothing extra! I have a box for items I want to sell and another box for items to donate. We’ll be having another yard sale this summer.


Now is also the time to do a little research regarding moving companies. What are the options? I called many of the bigger firms only to be told they don’t service our area. Guess we’re a little rural! Get an estimate in writing from each company and make sure it has a USDOT (US Department of Transportation) number on it if you are moving to a different state.


Now you’re beginning to collect a bit of information and it would be a good idea to use a binder or folder to keep track of everything – all your estimates, your receipts, and an inventory of all the items you are moving! I’m trying to keep an inventory of everything I’ve already packed but sometimes I’m not so organized and just write something like “cookbooks” on the box! I’m doing my best!planning a move


If you do have school age children go to your children’s school and arrange for their records to be transferred to their new school districts. This should be done about two months before you move.


Six weeks before you move you want to start collecting boxes and other supplies such as tape, bubble wrap, and permanent markers.Making a Move


Start using up things that you don’t want to move, like frozen or perishable foods and cleaning supplies.Making a Move


By now you’ve figured out where you are moving. Check the room dimensions of your new home, if possible, and make sure larger pieces of furniture will fit through the door. We have an extremely tall grandfather’s clock. When we’re looking at new homes we’re always looking to make sure there is a tall entry wall where the clock will go!making a move


Take steps now to ensure that you have an organized move. Stay tuned, as I will be posting another article on what to do in the weeks before a move! Hopefully I will follow all these suggestions myself and we’ll have a very organized move!

As we have been de-cluttering our house we have also started packing like the pros! After getting several quotes for moving across country we realized one way to save money is to do the majority of the packing ourselves. When the house went on the market we packed up the family pictures and various knick-knacks that we want to keep, but that don’t need to be on display. While I miss having family photos out having less clutter around makes keeping things cleaned much easier.Packing Like The Pros


We have moved several times in our life. For our last move we rented a truck and drove from Florida to Vermont. Longer moves are more challenging than an across town move and you want to make sure you pack your items securely so they survive the trip. Here are a few tips to help you pack like the pros!packing like the pros


First tip is to use the right size boxes.

Put heavy items, like books, in small boxes; light items, like linens and pillows, in bigger boxes. This is not only helpful when loading the truck but there is a better chance that everything will arrive to your new destination without breaking.moving boxes


When packing don’t leave any empty spaces in the boxes.

Fill any gaps with clothing, towels or packing paper. The goal is that your boxes are balance and tightly packed.


Avoid mixing items from different rooms in the same box.

If you are trying to fill small spaces you may end up having a few random items in a box, but for the most part you want all the kitchen items in one box, pantry items in another box and bedroom items in yet another box. This will make your packing quicker and your unpacking much easier.


Be sure to label your boxes.

This will help the movers to know where the boxes belong in your new home. Number each box and keep an inventory as you pack. This will help you keep track of what you’ve packed and to make sure you still have everything when you unpack. Whatever you do don’t mark a box “MISC”, you will have no idea where that box goes when you get to your new home.


Tape your boxes well.

Tape the bottom and top seams and then make a couple of wraps all the way around the box’s top and bottom edges, where the stress in concentrated.


Bundle breakables

As you pack your dishes, put paper between each plate and then wrap bundles of 5-6 plates together with more paper. Always pack your dishes on their side. Be sure to use plenty of bundled paper as padding above and below the breakables. Cups and bowls can be placed inside each other, just be sure to use plenty of paper in between. Use special dish boxes for your breakables as well.


Packing Artwork

For pictures behind glass, make an x with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap the pictures in paper or bubble wrap and put in a special fame box. Put cardboard between each famed piece for more protection.Packing Like The Pros


Taking a few precautions as you pack your belongings will ensure that everything arrives safely. Have you ever made a long distance move yourself? We will hire movers to pack the truck and drive our belongings across country, but we expect to save some money by doing the majority of the packing ourselves. Following these simple tips will help us pack like the pros and guarantee that our belongings arrive safely in our new home!

You have all seen pictures of my pantry. When we built our house we  designed the pantry space in an unheated corner of our basement. We then finished it by putting in shelves and an airtight door. The pantry never gets warmer than about 55 degrees in the heat of the summer and the rest of the year stays quite cold. I am really going to miss having such a wonderful pantry. However, since it is just now my husband and I, when we do sell our home and move we can plan to have a much smaller pantry!prudent living,

If money weren’t an issue of course we could just have the pantry packed up and moved as is! However, does it really make sense to move everything across country? Of course not! Instead we will take some steps to minimize what we will actually be moving.

Now we haven’t sold our house yet or even had one offer but we are eating from the pantry and trying to use up as much as we can. When the day comes that we have an offer and have an actual closing date we will be doing our best to avoid the grocery store and instead use up everything we can from the pantry and our kitchen cupboards. I imagine those meals might get rather interesting! We can budget grocery  costs into our moving budget so we can do some restocking once we move into our new home.pantry, prudent pantry, prudent livingI mentioned two weeks ago that I was focusing on de-cluttering. This applies to the party as well! I am sorting through all the home canned goods and canned goods and checking for expiration dates. If there are items we haven’t used in a while chances are we won’t be using them in the near future. I have a box for expired items and another box for items to donate to the local food shelf.Food Shelf donations

Some of the pantry items that I have for longer-term storage such as wheat berries will probably be given away. The cost of our move will be based on the weight plus the distance we are moving. Since we are planning to move from the east coast to the west coast it will be an expensive move and we need to eliminate as much weight as possible.wheat berries

Normally I would be preserving the harvest from our garden. This year will be a different year for me as there is no point in stocking jars of canned goods and then having to move them. Instead we will enjoy the fresh vegetables out of the garden, share some with our neighbors and hold a few yard sales to sell some of the many canning jars I have.canning jars

Moving doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With some planning and strategic eating we should be able to downsize our pantry, pack up what’s left and move across country where I will then start a new pantry!

Our house was recently listed with a realtor. It’s not the prime time to put our home on the market, but the realtor was hoping to catch the folks coming up for the ski season. They just didn’t anticipate that we would have very little snow and the ski season was nearing the end. However, the house is listed and although there is no one looking at Vermont real estate right now we still have to live as if we might have a showing any day! Maybe this spring?

Spring Shot

Spring Shot

How do you live while your home is on the market? The first step was getting rid of all the family photos everywhere so they are not a distraction. I also cleaned everything off the tops of the cupboards and the windowsills. For some reason I love having little collections displayed on the windowsills! We had one windowsill that had several decoys on it, they have all been packed away.decoys

Once those items were packed away we then began looking at what furniture we will not be moving and have either listed these items for sale or given them away. The unwanted pieces of furniture have been moved to the garage. The boxes have been moved into closets. We want folks to be able to see the house and not be distracted by our stuff!moving boxes

Our extra bedrooms now look clean and clutter free.bedroom

We also have a series of storage closets in our basement that are full of various items. One is a game closet. Another stores extra outdoor clothes such as scarves and hats and the third has the camping equipment. My next project is to decide what we want to keep and what we no longer need.storage closets

The house is constantly kept picked up. When we eventually get a phone call saying we have a showing it will be easy to get ready. I have to say this is the hardest challenge for me. I have piles on my desk of works in progress and keeping it clutter free is hard. However, I have it down to a manageable level where when we do get a showing I can easily pick up what’s on my desk and store it away for a showing. I have to admit, the less clutter there is the easy it is to keep the house clean!desk clutter

Keeping a house in show condition can be stressful. Our realtor told us it could take us three years to sell the house. Hopefully it will be sooner than that. As I pack things away knowing it could be along while before I see them again I do wonder just what I need to save!

I’m thankful as the last time we sold a house and moved we had four children ranging in age from 3 – 9 and I was homeschooling! That was a crazy time as we lived in Florida and had showings every day, luckily it was only a matter of a few months before the house sold!

Have you sold a house before? Do you have any tips to share here?

Ever since our daughter moved to the Pacific Northwest over ten years ago she has been encouraging us to make the move west. Over the years she has sent us numerous real estate ads saying, “This could be your next home!” and I loved visiting, but never quite imagined making the move. One by one our four children have moved to either Washington or Oregon and now call the Pacific Northwest home. After spending two months ourselves in the PNW it looks like a move will be in our future.

English: Arpin Van Lines moving van, Abigail D...

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Of course there are many details to tie up on the east coast, the main one being de-cluttering and selling our current home. This will be hard, I love our home and we have lived in Vermont for almost twenty years! However I would also love to live closer to our children. I’d like to be a part of their lives and the lives of our grandchildren, rather than only seeing them once or twice a year.

So I will repeat to myself, “change is good, change is hard, and change is necessary”. We have made major moves over the years. First a move from Maine to Connecticut, then we moved from Connecticut to Florida and then Florida to Vermont. Before each move we would pare down our belongings and move only that which was important to us. When we moved to Vermont almost twenty years ago, everything we owned fit into the largest rental truck. I think it would now take at least three of those trucks to move us. Yes, we have a bit of paring down to do.

A GMC U-Haul truck

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One thing we did learn over the course of our travels is that it is definitely doable to live with far less than you realize. When we arrived home I walked into my closet and saw all the clothes I hadn’t needed or even thought about in the last three months. I took advantage of the moment and quickly pulled two bags of clothes out that I will either give away, sell or donate!

Goodwill Industries

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One of my favorite blogs  Organized 31 recently did a 31 Days to Declutter series of posts, each day you would focus on only one area such as your coat closet or your sock drawer. She had some very good hints and suggestions for decluttering and getting organized. I followed along most of the days and what I liked best about each post was that it was a ten minute process!

I don’t think we’ll be moving anytime soon, real estate is moving very slowly in Vermont and we were told it could take anywhere from one to three years to sell our home! In the meantime my husband continues to look for a new job and I’m continuing with the de-cluttering. Lots to keep us busy as we head into spring!

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