People are often reluctant to make too many changes in a house they are about to leave. When you are trying to sell your home, however, change can be welcome. A few updates may make it easier for you to find a buyer in no time. That said, don’t jump right into a renovation. Just some simple decluttering can make a world of difference in the impression the house makes on potential buyers.
Aside from helping you sell the estate, cleaning and organizing ahead of time can provide you with other benefits. It helps you to emotionally prepare yourself to move out when the time comes, pack away the things you will be taking in advance, and discard the items you won’t be bringing along.
Here are some decluttering steps that every real estate agent will recommend when looking to sell your home:
1 – Remove all your personal belongings
Before you have photos taken to advertise your home, remove any personal items such as family photographs, large collections, and unusual decor. This step will make your house look a blank canvas so that when a buyer takes a look, he or she will be able to imagine living in that house. When your personal effects are still there, it can be difficult for the potential buyer to feel at home. Decluttering the house for sale makes it easier for the interested buyer to feel relaxed.
2 – Remove old furniture
Remove all old furniture, pillows, curtains, and other items that are no longer in good shape. Take out extra items that are crowding the rooms to make the space look larger and brighter. Worn out coffee tables and fabrics can paint your house in a bad light, and the buyer might assume that your house is not well taken care of. The rooms may look empty to you after you’ve removed several pieces, but the space will allow the buyer to imagine fitting their items into the rooms.
3 – Discard items you no longer need
Declutter all the other stuff that you no longer need, use, and want. It’s better to do so now than waste time and money moving them to your new house only to discard them later. Clear the surfaces of your home, only keeping a few items for decor. If there’s an item you haven’t used in ages, chances are you won’t need it anytime soon. Tackle the pile of paper sitting in your home office and clear everything out of the fridge. If there are important items you can live without until you move, consider placing them in a rented storage space / box.
It will be hard to let go of some things, but you will find it much easier to unpack after you’ve moved. More importantly, removing all the necessary items will make the house you are selling look fresh and clean.
Decluttering can make your house look spacious, bigger, and cleaner—things you want when painting it in the best possible light. Have your real estate agent take professional photos for your listing after you have finished decluttering, so your house will look incredible. After you have decluttered, it will also be a lot easier to maintain its tidiness, ensuring that you’re always ready to welcome potential buyers who want to look around.
If you are selling your home in South Windsor, keep in touch with Cris Kambouris Real Estate Team for a consultation. We can help you!