Making the decision to sell your home is only the first step.
If you want to take this sale seriously, you need to prepare your home to be viewed by prospective buyers.
What’s the easiest way to do this? You need to disappear. Removing your life from the house and doing some clutter control is the secret sauce to selling this property.
We’ve got the skinny on how to get it done. Read on for 5 tips.
Clutter Control – Prepare to Sell
1. Curb Appeal
Curb appeal might not be the first thing that you think of when someone mentions “decluttering”. How many toys are sitting in your front yard right now?
Do you have boxes stacked up in front of the garage? Have your hedges become make-shift shelving units for your tools?
Not only should you be landscaping like it’s going out of style, make sure your yard, sidewalk, and driveway are clutter free. The front of the house is the first thing that someone sees when they pull up to your home.
First impressions matter and when you’re looking to sell your house. You only get one shot and you want to make it count.
How many framed pictures of your home do you have? The kids’ drawings from school on the fridge?
They need to go. When people come to view your house, they want to picture themselves in the home.
It’s going to be hard for them to do that if their first walkthrough consists of you and your personal mementos. You need to pack and get ready to move to your new place so make these types of items the first to get boxed-up.
It’s your day off. You’ve got a million things to do. Washing your clothes may be on the to-do list, but ironing, folding, and hanging are often lost in the mix. Clothes get balled up and thrown in a corner.
“I’ll do it later.”
Later has arrived. It’s time for clutter control!
Having a cluttered bedroom with clean and filthy clothes all mixed together is not what buyers want to see. Professional chefs use a French term. “Mise en place“. This translates to “everything in its place.” You should have everything in your home where it belongs.
If you’re too busy, hire a cleaning service to get the heavy lifting done for you.
4. Make It Shine
Do you remember that huge, heavy wooden trunk from college? The one that has 17 layers of dust sitting on it?
We understand that heavy items are likely going to be the last ones to be physically moved. Knowing this, take the time to make these items really shine and sparkle.
5. Don’t Overdo It
While your home should be clutter free, it should still look like someone lives at the house. This is called “staging”.
However, keep your beds made and clean. Keep your living room and dining room furniture polished. Get rid of anything that has fallen victim to stains, mold, or mildew.
You may be about to sell, but make it look like a home that you’ve been proud to call your own.
Wrapping It Up
You’re a busy person who may have a busy family and to top it all off, you’re now packing and getting ready to move.
With these tips, you can have your home ready to sell with relative ease and if you can’t then a pro cleaning service can help with clutter control.
As far as selling the home itself, contact us when you need help. Selling houses is what we do best.