There are many different things that you can do to prepare your home for being placed on today's growing market. Decluttering is one of the most inexpensive and easy ways to catch the eye of potential buyers. Another advantage to decluttering is that it can help prepare you to move and even help get rid of some of the items you really don’t need anymore anyway. This can be a large project but make sure that you always start by making a plan. Making your home appear as large and functional as possible within the provided space should be your main goal when decluttering. Removing the clutter from around the house will create the more open feel that most buyers are searching for. Here are a few tips to help you stay focused:
Start by considering what your potential buyers are going to see first when they walk into your home. Of course they will first notice the outdoor aspects of your home such as the yard, driveway, and even the front door. These areas should be well maintained so that it encourages people to come inside rather than drive away. Starting this cleaning process around the exterior of your home so that you don't waste money on the interior for potential buyers to be turned off by what they see outside.
Focus on One Room at a Time It is important that for each room you make a list of what you plan to do. Lists can be made on paper or you could even download an app on your phone to help you plan for big projects like this. Break the large task into the smallest chunks possible to make it easier to accomplish. The more you check off, the better you’ll feel and the more momentum you’re going to build to keep going.
Furniture Having a living room full of furniture can be great for when the family gets together, however it can be a turn off to buyers when they enter the house because they aren't seeing a different way the space in the room could be used due to the crowding of furniture. Get as much of the furniture out of the way and leave the pieces that are the nicest or the newest for the very best first impression.
Counter Space Counter tops can very easily turn into storage space when you own a home. However, before putting your house on the market try to tidy up those counter tops because potential buyers will see this and will assume that there isn't enough storage provided. No potential buyer will be looking for a house without the proper amount of storage, the search for the right amount of storage could be the reason they're moving in the first place.
Garage and Storage Spaces These are great places to store things that you aren't quite ready to get rid of but don't know where to put it. Your potential buyers are going to be trying to picture their own belongings in that space. Installing shelves or racks can help to give an appearance of organization within the room.
After you have completed the decluttering process you will need to sort through everything you've removed from your home and decide what to do with it. Items can be resold, put into a storage unit, recycled, or even donated. We hope that these tips will help you through the process of decluttering your home and preparing it for the market.