Don’t Say Goodbye . . . Say So Long

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            Closing The 

                        Summer Rental

                                        for the Season

When the leaves are falling off the trees at summer homes or the snow has finally melted around the winter cabin, preparing to leave can be bittersweet.

There are many reasons to spend time closing a seasonal home properly including burst pipes, vandalism, rodents, and structural damage.

To avoid these pitfalls and make re-opening the summer home easier, here are 10 tips to help close your seasonal properties.

  1. Clean out the kitchen. Thoroughly clean out the refrigerator and unplug it; you don’t want mildew damaging your appliances in the spring. Also, clean the cabinets and cupboards.

 

  1. Clean out the living areas and bedrooms. Store away bedspreads and linens (use vacuum bags to store) — there is no place more comfortable for rodents to sleep than in your bedspread. Allow your cabin to breathe while you are away. Leave doors and drawers open to increase circulation.

 

  1. Block off the flues and stovepipes. Make sure you have closed the flue on your stove. Also, sealing flues and stovepipes with a metal cap should keep the birds and rodents out.

 

  1. Cover the windows. Plywood or thin sheet metal will do. Put handles on the outside of the wood (one on each side to make easy to pick up) and number the pieces to make next year’s close easier. Sealing your cottage will not only protect it from the weather but will also keep unwanted visitors away.

 

  1. Drain the pipes. Make certain that you drain and shut off your water before you leave for good. The last thing you want is for lingering water to freeze your pipes.

 

  1. Don’t forget the little things. Sometimes the little things are often overlooked. Make sure you forward your mail to your permanent address. Make sure your service contacts, like plumbers and electricians, know how to reach you away from the summer home. With my “snowbird” clients – I offer this service as part of my cleaning package.

 

  1. Consider security. If you are concerned about intruders, deadbolts are an option as well as hiring a year-round resident to keep his or her eyes out for you. You should also consider motion detector lights and security cameras to deter unwanted visitors.

 

  1. Remove fire hazards. This is as easy as removing all papers, newspapers, old rags, and chemicals, turning off all utilities and unplugging appliances.

 

  1. Secure outside furniture, equipment, and boats. Take the time to gather all outside furniture and clean it before you secure and cover it. Turn your small boats upside down and if there is a drain hole, open it up, making sure it is on the downhill side of any slope.

 

  1. Don’t Say Goodbye – Say So Long. Before you pull out of your driveway for the season, don’t be afraid to reflect on the wonderful season it has been. Think about all the new things that happened, special times you had and the long-lasting memories that still await. Reflection of time is priceless.

Peace Harmony & Happy Autumn!

XO Cheryl

 

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Comment me at  cchomeconcierge@gmail.com – we can talk about what the next step will be, you already made the first step. I’m so proud of you!

 

REFERRALS

Referrals are an important part of my company’s success, and I want to recognize those who have referred my services. For any person you send my way that becomes a client, I will reward you with a free 3-hour package of a  choice of services.

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Did Someone Say Yard Sale?

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Having a Yard or Tag Sale

I know with this freakin’ snow that we’ve been getting, it’s hard to think about yard sales. Do you call them yard sales or tag sales? However you say it – it’s a sale!

I have my fingers crossed that our little town of Lisbon gets to have a “Town Wide Yard Sale” a great way to rid your home of clutter and make a few bucks at the same time, the best part will be getting to know people in the community.

The winter months is the perfect time to tackle a large organizing project, and garage sales are one of my favorite ways to DISCARD in the Spring and Summer time; they are an awesome excuse to enjoy to weather, get to know your community all the while making money!

Start with decluttering your home – Go room-by-room or (Zone -by-Zone) and create an inventory of  items that are in good condition and should not be recycled/tossed. Think of a need – treat – experience that this money will go towards to help serve as inspiration to make the experience even more rewarding

Once you’ve decided what’s going in the Yard Sale, you can dive in using my tips (and supply list!) to make your yard sale smooth and a success!

Prep:

  1. Clean items up, so that they look well taken care of
  2. Sort and plan how you will group/display the next day
  3. Go through clothing pockets, handbags, etc. to make sure there are no credit card receipts or personal information you are selling off with the items
  4. Price items:
    • Nearly new condition = 2/3 of original price
    • Average condition = 1/3 of original price.
    • For small items, don’t price individually, make poster board signs like “Every item on table = $1” or “Books = .25/each, 5 for $1.”
    • Clothes, books, and outdated trendy items don’t sell!
  5. Place price tags visible on all items (For large furniture items, place large tag/card describing item, its’ condition and possibly a picture of it from a catalog with the original price circled if it’s a popular item.)
  6. Mark sets: “4 Glasses in a set,” so just one or two is not sold.
  7. Put up signs the night before with arrows pointing to the sale. Avoid stapling to trees or utility poles. Check out My Pinterest Page for Yard Sale Tips and Designs.
  8. Consider if you want to use any digital payment services, like Venmo or PayPal, to increase the likelihood of purchases. There are of course benefits to being cash-only, but you may want to consider this if you have any very large ticket items and are in a location inconvenient to a bank/ATM. Great idea! set-up your account and test it prior to the sale day.

Morning of Sale:

  1. Display your items for marketing: Put the most appealing and interesting items near the street, to entice drivers to stop and shop.
  2. Display your items for ease: Arrange books, records, DVD’s, etc. with titles visible.
  3. Keep most valuable items near you.
  4. Cover up what you don’t want sold, either with a sheet or a tarp, or rope it off.
  5. Make sure your doors and windows are locked; don’t allow people into the house to use the bathroom or try on clothes.
  6. Place the payment tables near the entrance, to prevent stealing.

During Sale:

  1. Play music to create a joyful atmosphere; if you don’t know what to play, look at pandora or spotify’s popular playlists. Offer finger food and cold drinks if you want to create even more good vibes!
  2. Handle cash efficiently: If someone hands you a large bill, leave it out on table while you are making change prevents confusion over how large a bill they gave you.
  3. If you are accepting digital payments, ensure that the payment goes through before completing the sale. Do not take checks, unless willing to risk it bouncing.
  4. Negotiate strategically: Pre-plan how low you will go, especially for big ticket items. But don’t go down too early in the day on these big ticket items, have the person come back later to see if it hasn’t sold yet. When unsure of a negotiation, ask yourself: “Do I want to put bring it back in the house?”
  5. Replenish and consolidate display tables throughout the day so you don’t appear down to the leftovers.

After Sale:

  1. Box up leftovers right away and donate to a charity, so that the items don’t go back to creating clutter in your home.
  2. Take down signs.

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Supply List:

  • Boxes and grocery bags to pack up sold items. Packing paper for fragile items
  • 2 fanny packs for the money handlers
  • 2 small notepads and pens (if buyers request receipts or information about the sold article)
  • An extension cord to test any electric equipment that is being sold
  • Mirrors, if selling clothes or jewelry – set them up on furniture you’re trying to sell.
  • Sandwich bags if she is selling any jewelry, for bagging
  • STARTING MONEY: $50 in singles ($25 in change if there are items < $1)
  • Pricing labels and tie-on tags for items that the pricing labels won’t adhere to
  • Sharpies for labeling
  • Fat Markers for street signs
  • Poster board and yard sticks for signs around the neighborhood.
  • Tables and tablecloths for display

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Which Do You Like To Receive a Hand-Made or Store-Bought Gift?

Here are a few simple D*I*Y projects that could be done in a day or weekend, and will be loved for a very long time . . . Who doesn’t love a Love-Made Gift From Hand?

 

simplicity-home-decor-pattern-8107Simplicity Pattern Home Decor Bucket – Basket – Tote – Organizer

simplicity-studio-cherie-quilted-luggage-bags-pattern-8710Simplicity Pattern Luggage Luggage – Bags – Tote For Travel

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Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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