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  • Holly Colby

The Importance of Decluttering When Selling a Home


Getting ready to sell or move out of a house is a stressful process, whether you are upsizing, downsizing, or changing locations altogether. The process comes with bank forms, selling contracts, moving dates, negotiations, and often forgotten (or the procrastination of) decluttering.


People often thing of decluttering after they sell their home and are moving, not before putting your house on the market. Decluttering can help with the sale of your home while decreasing your stress levels when you do eventually move.


Good First Impression

When listing a new property on the market, you want to ensure you give the best first impression to potential buyers. Buyers need to be captivated by the structure, design, and perks of your house without being distracted by clutter in the background. This can potentially increase the amount of money offered for your property and the number of proposals you will receive.


Create Space

You'll notice that some homes that are listed for sale are furnished and some that are not. While there is strategy behind this when selling a home, creating space in a lived in home can give your prospective buyer a better perspective of the house. It shows potential buyers a larger and more appealing room so they can picture themselves in the place being comfortable and organized.


Highlight Key Features

The purpose of listing your house is for the buyer to appreciate the very best qualities of your house so they can feel inspired to live there. Decluttering helps remove any distractions from the way, painting a better picture of your house. With so many buyers searching the web for homes, it's important to cleanly highlight the size of the rooms, the lighting, and other special features your house can offer.  


Making Packing Easier

No matter if you are downsizing, upsizing, or moving out, you'll have to pack.  Decluttering is key to facilitating this process and lowering your stress level. It removes the noise and helps you focus on the important items you’d like to keep for your next phase in your life.


By deciding which of your belongings you want to keep, sell, donate, or dispose of, you help those in need through donations and make room for new experience and items - plus you cut down on packing supplies. If you’re not sure of how to declutter, have little time to do it, or simply don't know where to start, there are professionals that can hep you. The general rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it. 


Sending the Right Message


Having a well-organized and clean house sends a message to potential buyers that you cared for the property and it was well-maintained during the time you lived there. This sends the message that the home was loved. Decluttering your house is an important step that should not be overlooked since it increases your chances of a successful sale and decreases your stress during the sale and moving process.


Don't know where to start? Send us an email to see if we can help you prepare your home to sell.


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