Selling Your Home: Why Decluttering Is Key

Selling Your Home: Why Decluttering Is Key

Selling Your Home: Why Decluttering Is Key

If you’re getting ready to list your home on the market, make sure you take the necessary steps to declutter, organize, and clean. Decluttering is a simple move that will have a major impact on how your house shows and how fast your home sells.

The ‘Why

You may be wondering...why do I need to declutter my home if someone is just going to put their own decorations up, clean the home, and do other cosmetic changes to it? Well, there’s a whole list of reasons that you need to declutter! First, by decluttering, it will give the buyers less distractions and help them imagine what it would be like to live in that space. This is very important because if they can’t imagine what it would be like to live there, then the home will be immediately out of the running for them.

Second, the home will look much larger with all the little knick-knacks gone, family photos taken down, and excessive amounts of furniture removed. Space is what most home buyers look for, so decluttering the home shows that it is large (and in-charge!).

 Source: Lister Assister

Source: Lister Assister

Third, organizing your property will not only get more buyers interested, but it will also increase the perceived value of the home. According to Apartment Therapy, “over 90% of buyers use internet for their home search and well-staged homes ensure better images, which often translates to more buyer interest.” Homes that are staged and less cluttered also tend to sell for a whopping 17% more than an un-staged home.

BONUS tip: Less clutter means that less stuff will be there for you to pack up and move, lowering the cost of your big move!

What Are The MOST Important Spots To Declutter?

Listed below are some of the most important spots to declutter in your home - whether you’re looking to sell your home soon or even if it’s been on the market for a while with no bites, these are the tips that you should take into consideration.

Storage rooms - People will want to see inside your garage, utility closets, backyard sheds, and more. Organizing and clearing them will help them look much larger.

Entryway - Cleaning the entryway helps set the first impressions high. Try offering a place for visitors to hang up their jackets to add a homey touch.

Clear the halls - Remove hooks, pictures, and other artwork to ensure that the hallway looks spacious and not too slender.

Showcase the living room - Eliminate stacks of magazines, cluttered bookshelves, and pare down on throw pillows and table accessories that can make the room feel heavy and smaller than it actually is.

 Source: Lister Assister

Source: Lister Assister

Organize the kitchen - The kitchen is a prime spot for buyer’s to criticize, so keep the countertops clean and clear, do not show countertop appliances, and clean the appliances that are showing (refrigerator, microwave, etc.)

Streamline the closets - Box up seasonal apparel—or donate it and remove extra hangers to make the closets look spacious.

Office - File away or shred old papers, clear off your desk, and cover up unsightly cords.

Play areas - Limit the number of toys you keep out and try using a nice storage bin to stash them away.

Laundry rooms - Be sure that any cleaning products are put away and that floors and appliances are kept spotless.

Conclusion

In conclusion, decluttering and organizing your home can be a hugely important step to sell your home fast and for the best price possible. There are many things that are out of your control when selling your home, but the one thing you can control is the look and feel of your home - inside and out - to a potential buyer.

To learn more about decluttering your home watch our video below. Myriad’s lead REALTOR® and CEO, Daniel Brown, explains the steps you should take to get your home ready to sell.

 

For help getting your home ready to sell, we recommend CG Home Interiors, our preferred interior design company. Visit their Facebook and website for more information.

 


Sources:

Apartment Therapy

How Much Does It Cost To Move?

How Much Does It Cost To Move?

All About HOA's

All About HOA's