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Sept. 9, 2021

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Decluttering Your Home

DYI Guide to decluttering

The Ultimate DIY Guide to Decluttering Your Home

When it comes to organizing and keeping spaces tidy, some people are total naturals. For the rest of us, however, periodic decluttering is absolutely essential. It’s easy to wind up accumulating a ton of stuff you don’t really need over the years. Ultimately, this stuff just winds up taking up space in our home and making things look messy and disorganized.

This can be irritating during everyday life, and it can be an absolute nightmare once it comes time to sell. A thorough decluttering and a solid tidying routine is an essential step when getting your home ready for photos, tours, and appraisals. Here are some of the best tips from Carey Scott for how you can get - and keep - your home in the best possible shape.

Define Your Goals

Every major home project should start with defining your goals. This will help you define the parameters and scope of your decluttering project, as well as give you a sense of your timeline. After all, different end goals may require very different game plans. For example, if you’re decluttering your home to get it ready for sale and appraisal, you’ll need to move quickly and efficiently. Moreover, in addition to decluttering and cleaning up, you’ll need to make sure each and every appliance, light switch, and feature in the home looks and works at its best.

Conversely, if you’re decluttering to improve your day-to-day experience at home, you may be able to take a more laid-back approach. You might decide to spread your project out over several weekends, giving yourself time to casually figure out which items in your home should stay or go. If you don’t have a particular timeline, this approach can be ideal. It gives you plenty of time to pace yourself and rebuild energy so you don’t get burnt out on the project and give up entirely.

Pick a Keep/Toss Strategy

Decluttering your home on your own requires a specific, consistent strategy. There are several approaches you can take: It’s just a matter of figuring out which approach is best for you. By now, most people have at least a passing familiarity with the Konmari approach to decluttering. This involves systematically going through your home, handling all of your items, and deciding individually what you should - and shouldn’t - keep. This approach also highlights the importance of recognizing the value each item has brought to your life: Even the items you plan to sell, donate, or throw away.  

Although this approach can be great for those who aren’t sure where to start, or those who are bringing a lot of sentiment to the decluttering process, it’s not right for everyone. There are more practical, simpler ways to declutter as well. You might, for example, decide to get rid of any boxes you haven’t unpacked since your last move. You can also simplify things by getting rid of any duplicate, broken, or out-of-date items you have. These are just a few of the decluttering approaches that are out there - investigate the options to get a sense of which will be right for you.

Commit to Maintenance

Finally, remember that the act of decluttering your home is only the beginning. If you don’t commit to maintaining your now-tidied home, it’s bound to wind up in the same state after a matter of time. Spend some time coming up with a consistent, achievable chore schedule you and your household can commit to together.  

Focus on measures that keep your home clean without taking up too much of your day. Doing a little bit each day will be easier - and more effective - than tackling everything all at once after it piles up. With a regular routine, you can keep your space looking and feeling great, whether you’re selling, hosting, or just enjoying life.

Looking for an agent you can trust to handle your home sale? Contact Carey Scott today to get started!


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Posted in Sell Your Home
Sept. 7, 2021

4 Proven Ways to Update Your Home and Sell It Faster

proven ways to sell your home

Thinking of listing your home soon? If so, your first step should be to connect with a local real estate pro who can guide you through what can be a challenging process. In and around Columbus, Georgia, Carey Scott and Prestige Property Brokers have been helping sellers for years.

Having the right real estate agent in your corner is a surefire way to help your home sell as quickly as possible. So can using the following pointers to boost the appeal of your listing.

Go for Updates That Pop

If you want your home to sell faster, it needs to catch a buyer’s eye. Buyers flip through endless listing photos, so think of adding touches that make you stand out in all of the right ways. This could mean painting your front door a magical blue or a punchy red. Or maybe you can use custom wallpaper to give your half-bath a unique look and feel. These days, you can buy wallpaper in all manner of and colors, plus with a peel-and-stick application, it doesn’t have to be permanent.

Create a Color Story

Incorporating pops of vibrant color in your landscaping can also help attract more buyers. If you have time, look into color theory and the process of creating color stories outside and inside of your home. Then you can ensure that shades and themes flow nicely in listing photos. You can also inspire moods with your garden, like invoking passion with red or calm with white.

As already mentioned, it’s visually appealing to have colors and design details flow smoothly from outside to inside, and then from room to room. Interior paint provides a relatively easy way to accomplish this seamless feel, and you can mix in wallpaper for a bit of visual interest. These staging strategies will ensure buyers feel at home in your listing and will want to make an offer.

Stick With Local Trends

Creating a color story and adding interesting touches can help a listing stand out to potential buyers. Before you start making these or any other changes, however, you should check in with your real estate agent.

An agent like Carey Scott will let you know what sort of design features local buyers are looking for, and which could end up scaring off potential offers. If you want to get a sneak peek at what’s popular locally, you can also check out featured properties on his website. Then you can compare your own home and see what type of updates may be worth investing in.

Pick Projects With ROI

Aside from being simple to complete, projects like painting or adding wallpaper also tend to be pretty budget-friendly for sellers. While the goal is to help your listing sell faster, you also don’t want to put too much of your own money into updates. Of course, if your home is in need of major repairs that’s a different story. There are some projects sellers must complete before selling such as fixing torn window screens and removing pet damage.

Other than needed repairs, you can focus on improvements that will offer you the most bang for your buck. Things like swapping out the hardware on cabinets, updating old appliances and installing new bathroom fixtures can all make a big difference. If you make any of these changes, try to do so as affordably as possible without sacrificing appeal. Once again, this is something that your real estate agent can counsel you on to ensure you don’t overspend on staging and updating your home.

Creating any kind of appeal for your home comes down to the details. Make sure you get those details right by using guides like this one and enlisting the help of local real estate pro Carey Scott, who knows what buyers want in their dream home. Not only will your home sell a bit faster, but you could even end up making more of a profit at closing.

Ready to sell your home? Get started.

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Posted in Sell Your Home
Feb. 10, 2021

Welcome to Columbus, GA!

Welcome to Columbus GA

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Welcome to Columbus: Tips, Guides, and Resources to Get You Settled In

Welcome to Columbus! As you and your family get settled into our fantastic city, it’s important to know what you need to do to get your new home in working order. What’s more, finding local services and discovering area attractions will help you engage with the local community. Take a look at the resources and guides we’ve gathered below that will help you get acclimated to the region.


If you’re new to the Columbus area and are looking for your perfect new home, contact Realtor Carey Scott of Prestige Property Brokers! Whether you’re looking for a luxury home, new construction, or other type of property, Carey has the expertise to help you find your dream home. Contact him online, by calling (706) 442-1084, or by emailing!


Take Care of Your Home

The first step to settling into Columbus is getting settled into your home.


      Set Up Your Utilities

      Change Your Mailing Address

      Find an Internet Service Provider

      Find a Cable Television Provider


Local Services You May Need

Get acquainted with some of the services you’ll use after moving to our city.


      Public Library

      Georgia DMV

      Auto Repair Shops and Area Mechanics

      Landscaping Services


Doctors, Dentists, Day Care, and Pet Care

These services will keep you and the rest of your family happy and healthy.


      Primary Care Physicians

      Dentists and Oral Health Care

      Day Care Centers

      Veterinarians and Animal Hospitals

      Pet Sitters


Local Attractions

Explore the many fun activities Columbus has to offer to its residents and visitors.


      15 Best Things to Do in Columbus

      Best Places to Eat and Drink

      Local Museums

      Best Hiking Trails


Resources for Out-of-State Business Moves

If you’re a small business owner, be sure you’ve set it up legally in the state of Georgia so it will thrive in Columbus.


      Register Your Business with State Agencies

      Understanding Tax Classifications by State

      Important Marketing Strategies for Relocating a Business to Another State

      Form a Georgia LLC with a Service Like Zenbusiness

      Update Your Business Profile on Google, LinkedIn, and Yelp

 Looking for commercial real estate properties for sale? Search Columbus Commercial real estate for sale

Columbus has a lot to offer its residents! So, once you’ve unpacked, taken care of your home, and relaxed for a bit, you can begin to explore everything that this city and the surrounding area has to offer!

July 31, 2017

Curious About Local Real Estate?

Curious about local real estate? So are we! Every month we review trends in our real estate market and consider the number of homes on the market in each price tier, the amount of time particular homes have been listed for sale, specific neighborhood trends, the median price and square footage of each home sold and so much more. We’d love to invite you to do the same!

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