Selling your house? It’s time to declutter!

31 March 2011

Now that you’ve decided to sell it’s time to think about the best way to present your house to potential buyers. A minimalist, uncluttered property is much more likely to sell than one that is full of your belongings, knick-knacks and trinkets. The buyer wants to envisage themselves living in the property, not see a snapshot of your busy life.

When it comes to decluttering your house it’s important to be objective. Look critically over your belongings and the things that can be either thrown away or stored away from any visitors to your home. It may be a case of just tidying some of your children’s toys away, it may be a larger job that involves a car boot sale or charity donation. Several hours work now could make a major difference in your house valuation, and whether you receive offers for your home or not.

To give you a helping hand we’ve put together some tips to help you declutter your house ahead of a viewing:

• Be critical of your property
Making sure that all unnecessary items are removed or packed away

• Clean out storage areas such as cupboards or garages
Your viewers are likely to look here and the last thing you want is boxes full of overflowing junk facing them

• Donating to charity or a car boot sale is a worthwhile solution to your clutter problems
Packing  up old clothes, toys and books will help you clear space and keep your house looking spacious

• Go through the main areas of your house, such as your bedrooms, kitchen or lounge
Box up any smaller items lying around and place the boxes in your out of sight storage areas such as the attic

• Remove personal items such as photographs and distinct ornaments
This will help the viewer picture themselves in your property, rather than feel like they are stepping into your home

• Try and hide away any excess furniture
Too many pieces could make your house look cramped.

• Make sure the main routes through your house are clear
You’ll be showing the potential buyer around your house and the last thing you want to do is trip over a bag or box you left there earlier.

Although it may seem like a big task at the start, decluttering yourself can play a big part in turning your viewers into offers and buyers. Following these simple rules should help with presenting your house in its best light ahead of any viewings.


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