Preparing to sell your home can seem like a monumental task, especially if you are dealing with years of accumulated memories, photos, furniture etc. De-cluttering your home is the easiest and most effective way to prepare your home for sale that will provide the greatest return to you as a seller. An alternative way to think this process is that you are getting a head start on “pre-packing for the big move”. The decluttering process also enables sellers to identify the essential furniture items that can be left in the home for styling and staging the home for sale. Here are a few tips for getting started.
Categorise your clutter
Get 4 boxes and put them in a room and write in big words, the below 4 categories on each box.
With each item you pick up you then need to make a decision as to which box it belongs to. This is the process of decluttering. However, don’t fret, if you don’t want to give or throw away any items you can simply select category 4 and store all non-essential items away for the sale process
It is important to remove your non-essential items that will not provide appeal or value to your home open and sale process.
Remove Personal Art and photos
Of course you think your children’s paintings and crafts are adorable, but can look messy to potential home buyers who may not be so thrilled to see personalized drawings scattered all over your walls and refrigerator. In order to make your house look as neat and tidy as possible, put all personalized artwork away before allowing your home to be shown to buyers.
Further, it is best to remove any personal photos, such as photos of your wedding, kids, grandchildren etc so that buyers see themselves in the home and feel as comfortable as possible during home opens.
Beautify With Furniture
In many cases where sellers have lived in a home for many years, or had kids their furniture can start to look tired and may actually end up in category 1 or 3 in their decluttering stage above. There is no need to go out and buy new furniture for home staging for sale. The use of hire furniture can top up your existing furniture or it can be used to fully furnish your home. Hire furniture is a great way to stage a home for sale as it can be tailored to provide the right level of appeal for your target market and has been installed by a professional real estate stager.
The key to successful decluttering of a home is to minimize, depersonalize and improve appeal of the home.
If you decide to try a few of these tips for de-cluttering your home and getting it ready to sell, let Spruce Ups help stage your home and make it more attractive for potential buyers.