Sep 07, 2022
6 Decluttering Tips For Selling Your Home
Selling your home is never a walk in the park, and it’s no secret that mess and disorganisation is a major turn-off for buyers. While it’s only natural that we accumulate furniture, decor and collectibles as our life goes on, when the time comes to sell your house minimalism and order is key.
If the time has come for you to start decluttering your home in preparation for sale time, fear not. We’ve compiled this list of the top 6 delcuttering tips to get your home spic and span just in time to help you get the best price possible on your home. Let’s begin!
- Use a Furniture Storage Company
While everyone expects to have to clear out their shelves and display cabinets, chances are a decent amount of your furniture will have to find a new temporary home too. The goal when displaying your house is to have it look as big and roomy as possible, letting potential buyers imagine themselves and their belongings in the space. A good furniture removal and storage company will send removalists to your house to do all the heavy lifting for you, safely transporting it to and storing it in their warehouse.
Keeping only the essentials in each room is the best way to go, getting rid of bulky furniture items like cabinets, bookshelves and wardrobes. While some might opt to keep these pieces in their garage, you want to keep your garage nice and spacious too (but more on that later).
- Leave Space in Your Cupboards
When clearing out all the rooms in your house, it can be tempting to hide everything away in your cupboards. But the reality is that even if you keep everything perfectly neat and organised, filling your cupboards up to the brim will hurt you rather than help you.
Buyers want the cupboards in their new home to feel large and spacious, and having them filled up with your belongings will give the impression that their space is limited. Plus, people want to be able to imagine their own belongings in there, rather than being focused on yours.
- Focus On The Kitchen
It’s a well known fact that kitchen’s are any home’s major selling point, so you’ll want to spend a bit of extra time in there getting it to look its very best. Make sure each cabinet, draw and cupboard appears as generously sized as possible, clearing them of everything but the essentials that you can’t live without.
Rarely used appliances, pots and pans and fancy dinnerware can all go, and hide away all your cleaning products. After all, people want to picture themselves entertaining in your kitchen, not cleaning it.
- Leave High-traffic Areas Clear
The entryway to your house immediately sets the tone for its interior, communicating to buyers what they can expect for the rest of their journey. The goal is to create an entryway that invites buyers in, not scare them away.
Get rid of any clutter such as hanging hooks, magazine and shoe racks, umbrella holders and more. The smaller your entryway, the less you want to take up any space in there. If you have a larger space, a small bench or accent table can make a nice touch, but keep it completely free of furniture if it’s already cramped enough as it is.
- Don’t Forget Your Garden and Garage
While it can be easy to get distracted by the inside of your home, be careful not to neglect all the other elements. Your garage and garden need to appear large and welcoming too, so don’t forget to give them just as much attention as the rest of your home.
Your front yard especially is the very first impression buyers will get of your home both in-person and online, so make sure your trees, plants and hedges are neatly trimmed, outdoor furniture is kept to a minimum and leaves and weeds have been removed from your garden floor.
- Clear Out Your Bathrooms
In everyday life, it’s normal for our bathrooms to become overrun with beauty and personal care products. But when the time comes for your open house, make sure all of this is hidden away and your bathroom feels luxurious and calming.
Keep your vanity completely clear other than maybe a soap dispenser and a nice candle or flowers for decor, and keep all towels a neutral colour. Try to clean any signs of mould or stained grout and help turn your bathroom into the oasis we all dream of.