A decluttered home speeds up the sale of your home. After years of living in your home, you have collected more than 2000 in just three rooms! It’s clear that a new buyer wants to see your home, not all the clutter in it. Realtors know that home buyers see themselves in something beautiful, organized and spacious. According to a 2011 study by HomeGain.com, cleaning and decluttering your home is the top method to get more for your home and a quicker sale. Here’s the top 6 areas to declutter your home for a fast sale.
The kitchen is your first stop to declutter. Most buyers want a big kitchen with lots of storage. Maximize your counter top and cabinet appeal by clearing off the kitchen counter top. Leave as little out as possible to showcase the backsplash and counter top itself. Go through your kitchen cabinets and let go of odd glasses, mugs and plates. Be sure to recycle old broken appliances. Pack away seasonal items you won’t be using this year. Look under your kitchen sink and eliminate old packaging and leave basic cleaning supplies. Declutter your pantry too especially if there is an abundance of items. Use up your pantry stock to minimize what is in the pantry.
Bathrooms are the next stop to declutter. Leave just hand soap on the counter. Declutter under the sink area and in the drawers. Get out the trash that is in this room. Neatly fold any towels. Check out your medicine cabinet for expired medications and over the counter items. Be sure your laundry is hidden away too!
A spacious closet and abundant storage is on everyone’s wish list. Declutter your closet and keep only what you love and can wear. Do the same for out of season clothes you have not worn last season. If you are using closets to store decor or linens, take time to decide if these will be used in your next home.
Your kids’ rooms and kids’ toys are especially important to organize. Too many toys can overwhelm a potential buyer. Pack up more than half of your kids’ toys to sell your home. While your home is on the market, plan on lots of time at parks to entertain your kids and keep their toys organized.
With more and more people working from home, an organized office is critical to the sale of your home. Gather up all your paper and go through it to shred or recycle. Place papers by year in boxes, ready to file at a later date. Condense all cords and keep out only what you use regularly on your desk. A tool cup with scissors, pens and markers is all you need to keep out. A decluttered office brings out the best in your home.
What about offsite storage?
While generally not an advocate of offsite storage, it is useful during staging a home for sale. Out of season clothes, additional furniture, extra toys and other items you are not ready to sell or donate can be stored here.
Decluttering your home has a big bonus! You have more space at your new home and you have saved money not moving the extra items. If you are unsure, be ruthless and let items go.