7 Tips to Declutter Your House Before Selling
1. Clear up the front entrance
A clear pathway and uncluttered porch will make a great first impression for buyers coming to your open home.
Make sure the kids’ shoes are out of sight at the front door. The last thing you want is for potential buyers to associate your home with the smell of old loafers.
Purchase a fresh new doormat for your potential buyers. It’ll be a classy and well-considered touch and buyers won’t have to deal with a dusty old mat when they first enter the space.
2. Spruce the living room
The living room is a crucial space where buyers will potentially decide whether they love the house or not, so it’s vital you show this space off to its maximum potential.
Realistically assess the number of cushions in the space and only allow a few of the most beautiful to stay. Limit table accessories to cut down on the visual clutter and keep out only your cleanest and most neutral furniture.
Sort through your magazine and book stacks, making sure only the most beautiful ones are on display. Store sentimental or practical books out of sight, then consider recycling or donating the rest.
3. Organise inside cupboards
Get yourself used to the idea that people will look in your cupboards – so keep them organised. Above all, storage needs to look spacious and orderly.
If there are items in there that you’d prefer weren’t on display, then consider investing in a small set of drawers that can live inside another cupboard.
4. Clean the kitchen bench
Whether you’re a budding chef or not, now is the time to curate what’s in the kitchen.
Stick to one potato peeler, can-opener and egg whisk – these things tend to multiply over the years and that’s clutter you don’t need.
Keep countertops clear and to a minimum. You don’t need the coffee machine and the KitchenAid out on display.
Curate the pantry and take everything off from the front of your fridge. We know you rate your kids’ creativity but let buyers imagine their own child’s artwork there.
5. Address the bathroom cabinet
When it comes to the bathroom, our third point still applies. People will be looking inside those cupboards – so keep it orderly.
“Stow items like toothbrushes and the toilet paper out of sight, no one needs to see these”.
Keep the counters clear and make sure the room smells clean but avoid heavy room fresheners – buyers may think you’re trying to hide something.
6. Edit your furniture
While furniture is important, it’s the size – not style – that’s key. Furniture should be an illustration of the potential of the room and help create the suggestion of a great place to live.
Remember that big furniture in a small space makes it feel even smaller. So if your dining table is big enough to seat 10 but the house isn’t huge, then it could be time to borrow or hire a smaller set.
Look at the configuration of the room and removing any smaller furniture items for better traffic flow.
7. Curate your beloved pot plants
If you’re a budding green thumb and have a collection of indoor and outdoor plants, that’s great! Plants can add style and personality without being overbearing.
But stick to a minimum of pot plants, only displaying the healthiest ones with the nicest pots.
Opt for a large healthy plant in an attractive pot on the porch to greet buyers as they enter the home.
Article from realestate.com.au – lifestyle