Twelve easy tips for decluttering your home
Think about what you look for when you are shopping for a new house.
More closet space, bigger rooms, more counter top space in the kitchen just to name a few.
Buyers coming to see your home want to see that and more.
First, it’s important for buyers to see that the home has plenty of storage space.
Second, when buyers tour an organized, decluttered home it gives the impression that the home is well cared for.
Follow these 12 steps before putting your home on the market.
1. Clear off the kitchen counters.
Take everything off the kitchen counters that you don’t use every day. Also, hide away dish soap and sponges (Buyers don’t want to think about washing dishes. They want to dream about entertaining in your gorgeous kitchen.) Add one pretty decorative item to the kitchen counters and you’re done.
2. Take everything off the fridge.
Personal photos, magnets, and sticky notes all should be cleared away. That includes anything that’s being stored on top of the refrigerator.
3. Start boxing up kitchen items.
Buyers often focus on kitchen cabinet space, so you don’t want cabinets to be packed. To avoid this problem, simply look through your kitchen cabinets and take any item you don’t use on a regular basis and box it up.
4. Recycle old electronics.
If you have antiquated computer and printer, cell phones, and the like in your home office, stop by Best Buy, where they’ll recycle these items for free.
If you have excess furniture or household items that you don’t want, You can usually find someone who needs these items and will pick them up for free.
6. Look for hazardous waste day.
Most towns periodically have a hazardous waste day when you can bring in old paint, pesticides, medications, and other items that aren’t safe to throw in the trash bin.
7. Clear off the bathroom counters.
Your master bath should feel luxurious to buyers, like a hotel suite. Stow away personal care products under the counter or in a little basket in the closet. This way they’re easily accessible to you but are out of the way when buyers are touring your home.
8. Put away personal photos as well as political and religious items.
Think about having your home look “magazine ready”. Personal items only serve to distract a buyer. We want them to focus on the beautiful details of your home, not on your family photos. We want them to envision themselves living there.
9. Put away off season clothes.
Box up clothing, shoes, and accessories to create more space in your closets. Rent a storage space if needed.
10. Organize your master bedroom closet.
Arrange clothing based on type and color, it’s an easy way to make the space look roomy and organized.
11. Purchase new bedding.
New bed covers and pillows create a fresh look for the bedrooms and new clean towels for the bathroom help make a great first impression.
12.Clear out garage and basement.
These two rooms are often overlooked. The garage and basement are catch all rooms and take up valuable storage space. Donate, discard or pack up for the move.
Tracy Tkac 301-437-8722