If you have dreamt of owning a house in Sonoma County, California, this is one of the best times to do so. While the coronavirus pandemic sent most real estate markets to their knees, home buying in Sonoma recently reached a record annual median price and saw the highest number of homes bought in the past seven years. This is good news for property agents and those looking to buy a home.
Unfortunately, thousands of homeowners lose their properties to foreclosure annually. This is an undoubtedly painful experience for those affected by it. Though foreclosed properties in Sonoma are inexpensive, real estate agents and the new property owners deal with a lot of trash left behind in them. As such, foreclosure cleanouts are among the first things they should think of before moving in or putting the property up for sale.
Though cleaning out a foreclosed property sounds like an easy task, it is far from so. You are often unsure of the items you want to keep and what should be thrown away. Understandably, you would not want to throw out anything that increases a property’s value or one that will contribute to exceptional interior décor.
The tips below will help you easily throw out the items that will only contribute to clutter when cleaning a foreclosed property.
Define the goals of your cleanout
Like all things in life, you cannot achieve much if you do not have a goal in mind of what you want to accomplish with a cleanout. The goal helps you stay on track during the cleanout and allows you to visualize the space you will get. It might be hard to have the exact picture of what a home will look like after the cleanout. Thankfully, there are now several online platforms with images you can use to visualize your ideal space, so take advantage of them.
Start with a small area
It is overwhelming to think of cleaning out an entire building at once. To ease your work, focus on a small area at a time. This might be a room at a time, or sections like downstairs and upstairs for smaller properties. Focusing on small sections and throwing the items you do not need in the space rather than moving them to another area makes it easy to get rid of clutter.
Try the trash bag technique
You can sweep the items in a room into a trash bag and see how quickly or how many trash bags you can fill in a specified time. To ensure this technique works for foreclosure cleanouts, have the bag you have just filled picked right away by a center you are donating items to or immediately dumped in a skip. As such, you are not tempted to go through the items in the bag later and change your mind about throwing them away.
Note then rank the clutter hotspots
Go through your property and come up with a list of the different sections that are clutter hotspots. You can consider taking photos of the spots so that you have enough time to rank them even when you are out of the premises. The rank can span from 1-3, with 3 being the spots with the highest clutter. Knowing where you should concentrate your cleanout eases your planning of the task. The ‘before’’ photos can also make you appreciate your accomplishments when compared with the ‘’after’’ pictures.
Have a sorting system
When moving from room to room, you will, of course, come across stuff that you might want to keep, things you are not sure about, and the ones you want to throw away. Consider having a sorting system for these items. Most people use the three-box technique. This entails having three boxes; one for trash, one for donation, and another for what you keep.
Do not overthink the items you want to place in different boxes. This only leaves you stressed and prolongs your cleanout. At times, you are not sure if you want to keep an item. In this case, it is best to donate it if it is in good condition or place it in the trash pile. Holding onto things you are unsure of will only increase the clutter in your clean home and necessitate another cleanout in the future.
While the above steps will no doubt go a long way in leaving you with a clean house you can transform into a family home or showcase to clients, there are times when you cannot handle a foreclosure cleanout alone. In this instance, you can hire a professional estate cleanout company to handle the task. These professionals can handle the cleanout without damaging your floors and the other items you want to keep.
Besides deciding to hire professionals for foreclosure cleanouts or handling them on your own, you need a junk removal company that will haul away the items you do not need. Junk King Sonoma CA is your best choice in this regard.
You can make an appointment on Junk King’s online platform or through a phone call for their insured hauling experts to show up at your foreclosed home and give you an estimate for hauling your waste. As an eco-friendly company, all your waste does not end up at a landfill. The company carts some of it to recycling centers and donates some. Contact us for more information.