Decluttering your home is key to putting your best foot forward when preparing your home for sale. It has been said over and over that de-cluttering your home should be your first priority when selling — as it yields the best financial results.
The first step is to make sure your home has clear pathways so that potential buyers can walk through your home easily. Clear pathways help potential buyers move through a home and determine if the home’s layout and floor plan is suitable for their family. Picking up shoes, back packs, bags and other items and putting them in their rightful places such as closets and cubbies will help keep these pathways clear.
Review each room in the home and keep the home décor clean and remove any excess décor from tables, mantles and floors. A home presents better when new buyers can visualize their own furniture and possessions in it. Simplicity is the key. If your home has a lot of items, or you feel that decluttering could help make your home more presentable, now is a great time to start packing away items for your inevitable move.
Kitchens are the money rooms when selling a home. Your kitchen needs to look clean and organized and the buyer needs to be able to see their family having meals there. If your kitchen needs a deep clean, now is the time to get it done. Counter tops and islands need to be cleared off. Remove all of the appliances and unused items from the countertops. Clear off the paper clutter, electronics and anything else distracting the buyers’ attention. If the buyer sees cluttered counters, they will assume there is not enough storage space and question the purchase of the home.
This same principle applies to bathrooms. Keep your countertops clean and organized. Store your products in cabinets or cupboards as this will allow the bathroom finishes, fixtures and layout to shine and stand out.
Decluttering and removing items to present the home in the best light possible is a valuable task that could make the difference as to how fast and for how much your home sells. Keeping your home decluttered and neat while you are trying to sell your home requires commitment and complete family involvement, but keeping on top of it will most likely result in a better sale price.
by Elizabeth Dodson with HomeZada