The sunshine has finally arrived and you are about to list your home for sale with North Bay Property Shop! Excellent choice. We’ve compiled a list of tips for decluttering your home. There’s no question that editing how potential buyers see your home will help make the sale. They need to picture themselves living there and many people find that hard to do when there’s clutter. Even if your home is spotless, clutter can make a big difference to those viewing your space.
Ideally, give yourself 2-3 weekends to get the job done. Decluttering can be an overwhelming task and you will benefit from “walking away” and coming back to the task later. This can give you fresh eyes and you may find it easier to continue once you’ve had a break.
Follow the rule of three piles—1 pile to keep, 1 pile to donate, and 1 pile to throw away. If you have enough time for a yard sale, set aside your sellable items and have a yard sale on a weekend where the weather will cooperate. Yard sales do take some time and planning, each item has to be priced, placed and potentially picked up after. Probably not every item will sell so plan accordingly.
Donating can save you some time and effort. Some charities will come right to your door and haul your old stuff away for you. You will likely also have items you wish to keep but don’t need to display in your home while it is on the market. Consider renting a storage unit for a short time or if you have a generous friend with extra space, perhaps you can store items in their garage.
As you attempt to get rid of the clutter, here are tips on how to get your home ready for potential buyers:
Furniture: Pare down the number of furniture pieces in your living areas. This gives a sense of space and flow.
Entry: Clear out shoes, coats, umbrellas and other outdoor items from your entryway.
Bookshelves: Edit your shelves so that you have a neat space with books and a few decorative items.
Periodicals: Recycle or share your old magazines clogging up your coffee tables and nightstands. Recycle those newspapers.
Photos: Take down any personal photos. Buyers need to imagine pictures of their own family on the walls. You aren’t advertising yourself, you are marketing your home.
Cables and cords: Organize the cords for your televisions, computers, and other electronics so that they’re not hanging out all over the place. Who would have thought that one day you would be organizing your television cords?!
Plants: Toss sickly looking plants and keep only a few healthy ones on display. If you have a lot of greenery in your home, edit your plants and put some in the backyard, on the deck or give some away.
Kitchen counters: Remove everything from your kitchen countertops, keeping only essentials like a toaster and microwave. Decorate sparingly—buyers need to envision the kitchen without your stuff all over the counters. Clear magnets, coupons and children’s artwork from the refrigerator. Remember, kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. This is an important one.
Bedrooms: Make sure the beds are made and the floors are clean.
Nightstands: Put away all the items and just keep lamps and maybe a book or magazine.
Closets: Organize your closets so they aren’t overflowing with clothes. This is a perfect time to donate all those clothes that you haven’t work in a year or more.
Bathrooms: Put all toiletries and medications away while your house is being shown. This is also the time to get some fresh soaps and towels.
This may seem like a daunting list of tasks. The best way to declutter is room by room, one at a time. Set realistic goals for yourself, so many rooms per day or per weekend. Make a plan and stick to it. The hard work will certainly pay off in the end.