Decluttering Dividends

(March 27, 2016)

Declutter, declutter, declutter may well be the seller’s equivalent of location, location, location. Why? Let’s count the many ways clearing out the clutter can pay off for sellers.

  • It’s the first step towards emotionally detaching from your home – something you need to do if you’re going to receive feedback and offers on your property with a level head.
  • You might uncover problems with your home that you’ll want to address before putting it on the market, be they minor issues like carpet stains or major ones like mold.
  • A house that is clean and organized prior to listing makes keeping it neat and tidy while it’s on the market much easier, so prepping for showings – especially last-minute ones – will be less work.
  • Your home will look bigger and appear to have more storage space – crucial, since lack of space is one of the most common reasons why buyers are home hunting.
  • Buyers will be able to focus on what’s important – the home itself and all its architectural assets (granite counters, hardwood flooring, built-ins) – without being distracted by all your personal belongings.
  • It’s easier for buyers to picture their own lives and belongings in your home, as it will be more of a blank canvas without your photos and other mementos on display.
  • You’ll relieve a potential buyer’s possible suspicions if they can see all aspects of your home’s structure. A clutter-free home signals to buyers that you have nothing to hide.
  • Packing becomes an easy, more efficient task in a home free of clutter and mess.

You’ll be grateful you cleared away unwanted items before putting your home on market once your home sells and you’re under deadline to move out!

///…CP