If you are interested in selling your home for the highest price possible and in the shortest amount of time, there are a few things that are essential to do. The first and most important step before you even show your house to any prospective buyer is to “decluter your house.”
Although this process is easy, it can take some time. Start by ordering a bunch of moving boxes and moving supplies and pack up anything that you don’t REALLY need. Then rent a large storage unit and pack away as many things as you can into your unit.
Is Your House Cluttered?
No one thinks that there house is “cluttered,” and no one believes their home has more belongings in it than it should. The fact remains that if you are selling a house the chances are high that your home has more belongings in it than it should to “show well” and will need to be decluttered.
That is why it can be very helpful to hire a home staging company and/or to work with a realtor who will honestly let you know which rooms have too many belongings in them.
Remember: A house always looks bigger if there are less things in the room. Too much furniture can make a room look small, even if you technically enjoy all of the extra seating. Too many little nicknacks on shelves makes spaces appear busy and untidy. It is best to put as many things as you can into moving boxes to make your home look bigger and more open.
The Top Five Areas To Declutter To Make Your Home Sell For More Money
1. The entry way
First impressions are quite important when selling a house. Simply open the door of your house and ask…is this an open and inviting space? Be sure to look at what you have on the shelves when people first walk in. Remember that a few larger items are much better than a collection of many small things. Be sure that the entry way is open, pleasant and clutter free.
2. Photos on the walls
Generally speaking, when selling property, home staging companies recommend taking down most of your personal pictures. Perhaps leaving one or two pictures like a wedding picture is fine, but most of your personal items should be packed away in moving boxes. One of the reasons for this is people want to envision their own photos on the walls; versus feeling like they are walking through a strangers home. Also, too many photos around can easily make a home look cluttered.
3. Master bedroom
Be sure to declutter your master bedroom and make it feel like a peaceful escape where you would want to read a book, or take a cozy nap. It is common for bedrooms to be filled with useful but unattractive gadgets out like radios, ipads, iphones, tvs and books. These items can quickly and easily change the feeling in the room.
To get the top sales price for a house you are selling, declutter your garage. Empty your garage of everything except for “fun things.” If you live in a state where people ski, then keep your skis, boats, and sleds. If you live in a beach area then keep your bikes, surf boards, golf clubs and boogie boards. Emptying a garage makes it look bigger and people can envision what they would do with that extra space.
It is so easy to wind up with too many clothes, most of which you never wear anymore. Don’t forget to go through your closets and get rid of any clothes that you no longer wear. Make sure you have a 1/2 inch of space between each clothing item that is hanging. If prospective buyer opens the closet you want them to think how spacious the room is.
When packing your hanging clothes, we recommend that you use wardrobe boxes to store them. There is a bar in the box and you can easily hang your clothes right inside.
Stay tuned for more helpful home staging tips and good luck selling your home!