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Should You Declutter Before You Sell

Should You Declutter Before You Sell?

One thing Doorsteps has often noticed is that almost every buyer wants the ability to picture themselves inside of a property. They want to be able to imagine their furniture, their wall art, and their belongings inside your space. The problem with that, though, is that if your stuff is all over the place, it’s really difficult to do just that. Even if your home is clean, it might still be filled with clutter that can be a huge turnoff to buyers. What’s more, though, is that if you declutter, your house might actually look bigger and appear to have more storage, which means potential buyers may think more of your space than they would with your stuff everywhere.

Where Am I Going to Put Everything?

Achieving the decluttered look can be tough. You basically have two choices – dumping your excess or storing it somewhere nearby. If you’re planning to dump your excess, you can think about whether you’d prefer to have a rummage sale or donate it to a charity shop. If you decide to store it, perhaps you can borrow a corner of your mum’s basement. You may also want to rent a storage unit somewhere nearby. Whatever you choose, you won’t want to store it anywhere on your property. Shoving it in the basement or a garage could be a potential turn-off for buyers. Before you decide to store your stuff, talk to us about the average timeframe for home sales in your area. This can shift, but whatever it is, you’ll want to double it as you plan where to put things.

Getting Started

Not sure what to remove? Begin by thinking personally. You’ll want to remove as many personal pictures and certificates as you can, because they might distract your buyer from the great features of the home.
Once you’ve done that, start thinking seasonally. You can pack almost anything that is currently out of season or is about to be. Seasonal clothes, bedding, and the like can all be removed while you’re trying to sell your home.
In the kitchen and bathroom, keep only what you need. You can pack quite a bit of the other stuff to move in to your new home once you’ve sold this one. People want to sell counter space and cabinet space in both places, so make certain it looks like there’s room to spare in these areas.
If you’re having trouble with the clutter, you may want to ask your agent to recommend a professional organizer to come in and help you get rid of some of the clutter until the home sells.