One of the marketing strategies from my marketing program to sell your house is one of the very first steps in property enhancement: Presentation and Packaging. One of the "Ps" of marketing.
Since this is an issue for many of us, and a question often asked by my clients... "Richard, how can I improve my property for a quicker and higher dollar sale?"
Although, there are many aspects to this when I prepare your house to sell, let me address one of those many aspects. Perhaps not THE most important, but nonetheless important enough to make a big difference. A dollar invested in your garage can bring high dividends in a higher sales price or at least in marketability of your house.
And that would be Your Garage. Messy, pretty well full, and loads of tricky trash. You see a clean free-of-trash garage gives the impression to potential buyers of an organized lifestyle and cleanliness that influences perceptions and value attributed the entire property.
You see buyers mostly remember the negative aspects about a house for sale. So don't want them to remember the OMG! when they saw your garage.
So I do you get rid of the trash in the garage? That old paint that you used in the bedroom 5 years ago? The dusty stained sofa with the stuffing coming out? The old motor oil that you forgot to dispose of? The former beta up kitchen cabinets? Aunt Judy's old mattress? The 50-year antique old gigantic bird cage? The junky old car that you never got around fixing for the last 10 years with all those boxes stacked on it?
Over the years, the list of things that no one seems to want has grown longer and longer, making many things very difficult to dispose of, and you’re worried about putting them in the garbage bin. Or it just does not fit into the garbage bin,
In Arizona, there is no one solution to any problem for disposing of the tough stuff, and yet it needs to be done. So, what are you going to do when you sell the house? Move it with you? So depending on where you live in Maricopa county, options may vary.
So you may have to do some research about who takes what kind of bulky or hazardous waste. For starters, check out the Web pages of your city, county or the sanitation company that picks up your trash. Read the rules carefully to find out what to do next. Many communities hold regular household hazardous waste collection days a few times a year.
Taking materials to a government run landfill or waste disposal area is a possibility but often involves a fee just to get in the gate with a load. Sometimes the facility also charges an additional fee for what you have brought to dump. One example: It can cost from $4 to $8 a load for homeowners at Maricopa County disposal sites depending on the size of your vehicle. A sofa or appliance costs another $8 each. Some government sites limit disposal to residents of the area.
The junky old car? An ad in on Craigslist may do the trick. Turn it into cash.
Another resource is on the Web site of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Simply enter your zip code and the type of material you want to recycle or dump and you get a list of options for disposing of things. But it’s always wise to call in advance to make sure that landfill or non-profit on the list will really take what you have. In addition, rules for acceptable materials to be dumped or donated seem to change all the time. You don’t want to haul a refrigerator somewhere only to find out you have to take it back home again.
Other Web sites you might be interested in:
Have Leftover Building Materials?
Do you have lots of pavers or tiles or lumber left over from your last remodeling project? Other people may be able to make good use of them.
Take them to a non-profit like one of the ReStores at Habitat for Humanity. They resell these items to raise money for their building projects. In turn, you get a receipt you can use to get a charitable tax deduction. ReStores are located all across the state - be sure to check their websites or call to find out what they will and will not take.
To be sure that your landscaping trimmings are recycled, you can take it to Tank’s Green Stuff that operates three family-owned landfills in Tucson. The company takes green waste and concrete. The green waste is turned into compost, decorative bark, mulch and top soil. Concrete can be ground up and buried. There is a charge of $15 per pickup truckload plus higher charges for larger vehicles and heavier loads.
So the point of it all, it may cost you a few dollars, but the return in your home sale could be thousands. And it sure beats moving it with you to your next home.
Oh, by the way, now that you cleaned the garage, how about cleaning the garage floor from the car leaks? Maybe even paint the slab after cleaning it.
You need more advice like this? Feel free to contact me. I can help you maximize the sale price and the shortest time to a buyer of your property.
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