How To Help Sell Your Home
There are a lot of homes for sale on the market, so you need to be sure that your home stands out above the rest. In order to make a great impression on your buyers and allow them to envision themselves living in your house, it's important that you declutter your house before putting it on the market.
Why is decluttering important?
If your house is bursting at the seams with stuff, your house is going to seem a lot smaller than it really is, which is a big turn off for prospective buyers. To prevent this problem, you need to declutter before any buyers walk through your doors so any buyer will see that your house is large enough to accommodate a reasonable number of belongings.
Additionally, your clutter can make it seem like you don't take care of your belongings. If you haven't taken the time to clean up your clothes, your kids' toys, or your music collection, people may also think that you haven't take the time to repair your roof, keep up to date with yard maintenance, or fix any leaky pipes. Even though buyers won't actually have to take over your mess, only 10% of potential buyers will be able to completely see past your clutter and realize the full potential of your house.
How should you declutter your house?
You have to be strategic about cleaning up your house, as you have a big job ahead of you. Experts say that you need to store away anything you haven't used in the last three months, and get rid of anything you haven't used in the last year. This may seem somewhat harsh, but without these rules, you'll still be left with tons of items in your house.
Since this whole process can be quite overwhelming, take it a weekend and a room at a time. At least a month before you put your house on the market, set aside a few hours each weekend to tackle each area of your house. Buy boxes and heavy duty trash bags ahead of time, and begin going through your bookshelves, drawers, open spaces, closets, and cabinets. Even if it may not seem important to go through your enclosed spaces in which you can hide your things, prospective buyers may open up everything on their tour!
Finally, consider getting a temporary storage unit to store your extra belongings, like extra furniture, off-season clothes, or sports equipment. It may be tempting to move these items into your garage, basement, or attic, but that could be a mistake. Prospective buyers will want to assess those spaces to make sure their own belongings will fit, and seeing these rooms filled with your stuff will make it seem like you are short on storage space. You might be able to get a discount on moving and storing these items if you use the same company for this job as you will for moving your belongings after you sell your house (like Midway Moving & Storage). If you declutter your home, this day might come sooner rather than later!