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 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 remove 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 something 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 as 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 to an open house, put pet toys, beds, bowls, and other items away. 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 “as-is” in many different parts of Wisconsin – Glendale, for example. You don’t have to worry about cleaning or removing rid of the junk.
As leading cash home buyers in Glendale, we have even purchased hoarder homes.