How to Declutter Before Selling Your House

Are you looking to sell your house fast and for a better price? Besides paying attention to repairs and renovations, you also need to encourage prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. While many issues like location are out of your control, a few things are manageable and can make a big difference. For example, decluttering is inexpensive and can make your home much more inviting to prospective buyers.

Here are a few tips for decluttering effectively.

1. Declutter to Sell

Unlike normal decluttering, where you get rid of things to make life easy, decluttering to sell a house serves a very different purpose. You are trying to create a depersonalized space to allow potential buyers to envision themselves in the space. This type of decluttering requires you to get rid of or put away books, family photos, and other memorabilia. But you shouldn’t empty the entire house. Make sure storage spaces are half-filled and organized. Having half-full storage areas can help potential buyers see the uses for these spaces.

2. Sort Your Belongings

Set up boxes and bins to separate things. Make piles of things you’d like to keep, things to throw away, and things to donate. As for undecided items, place them in a separate box. Start with one room at a time and move when you’ve sorted through everything.

A recent survey found that prospective buyers rank the living room and kitchen to be decisive areas. Since these are often high-clutter spots, you should pay special attention to them.

3. Get Rid of Over-Sized Furniture

Large coffee tables, gym equipment, and ottomans in small rooms only add to the clutter. Getting rid of excess furniture helps make rooms look more spacious. If you plan to take the furniture to your new home, you can also temporarily keep it in storage until you sell your current home.

4. Get Rid of Pet Items

A prospective buyer may not be enthusiastic about pets, or worse, they could be allergic to them. Before inviting people for an open house, put away pet toys, beds, bowls, and other items. But most importantly, get rid of the pet scent. You may be used to pet smells, but an outsider may be sensitive to them, and it can make a poor first impression.

Are you looking for a better solution?

If you do not have the time or energy to declutter, call us! We buy houses in Milwaukee as-is. You don’t have to worry about cleaning or getting rid of the junk. As leading cash home buyers in Milwaukee, we have even purchased hoarder homes.

Do you need to sell a house fast? Call us at 414-488-0081 for a cash offer in less than 24 hours.

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