Declutter your home and stage it before placing on the real estate market to sell it faster and for more money!
The failure to edit out years of accumulated stuff is a common mistake that many home sellers make.
Overwhelming clutter makes it hard for prospective buyers to see the true potential of a home, and may cause them to scratch your house off their list.
Instead of seeing all the great features of your home design, home buyers will only see your stuff. You aren't selling your things, so pack them up for your new house.
An added bonus to decluttering your home-- earn money by organizing a yard sale!
For most of us, the thought of getting rid of years of accumulated clutter in our home is so overwhelming. Where do I start? What do I get rid of? This will take forever!
Think of it this way-- getting rid of clutter will give you a head start on your packing.
Decluttering is probably the most important and time consuming step of home staging. Home staging forces you to finally deal with delayed home organization and unfinished projects.
When you are preparing to make a home sale, this task should be first on your to-do list. Sure, you can throw everything in boxes and deal with it later in your new home, but do you really want to do that?
Don't let home buyers miss the beauty of your home interior design; that cozy fireplace hiding behind a bulky recliner, or the spaciousness of the kitchen hidden under all the appliances and cereal boxes strewn across the countertops.
Every room is important, no matter how small. If house hunters unleash an avalanche of objects when they open closet doors, they will instantly assume that there isn't enough space in your home for their things! Great closet space is high on every home buyers want list.
A cluttered home can also give house hunters the impression that a home is dirty. They may imagine "critters" lurking in corners and under piles of stuff.
One of the biggest mistakes that home sellers make is not decluttering or keeping their home clean.
When I was a real estate agent, I saw home sellers constantly ignore this important detail. They felt that buyers would see all the wonderful qualities of their home in spite of all the stuff! In reality, I saw many buyers leave before the house tour was over because they were simply overwhelmed.
Cleaning your house as you declutter will also add value to your home in the eyes of buyers.
Feng shui (fung shway) is an ancient Chinese home design philosophy, concerned with creating harmony and stability in a space.
Feng shuists believe that all objects and spaces have different energies that effect each other in various ways, and that everything you bring into your home has positive and negative effects on the energy in your home.
The goal of feng shui is to balance these energies and create an atmosphere that aligns with a person's goals.
The ancient Chinese were, in some ways, the very first home stagers! One of the basic home design rules of feng shui is to declutter your home.
Feng shuists believe that a cluttered home has bad energy, and when home buyers walk into a house full of clutter, they are sure to feel that tension.
Decluttering and ridding yourself of items you have been clinging to forever will help clear the bad energy from your life and get you moving in a positive direction.
Clutter is a deep and perplexing energy that can be a drain on mental health. A disorganized environment can lead to inner discord--we've all heard of "hoarding", when clutter gets out of control and consumes our lives.
Unresolved clutter keeps you from doing the things you desire-- you hope that maybe some day you'll get it under control, but don't know how or where to start.
Even if you're able to organize your clutter by stashing it away in boxes in the attic, or reshuffling it out to the garage; you still know it's there!
It's simply shifted to a new space, preying on your conscience and preventing you from moving on.
Before you begin to declutter your home, devise a plan for storing the boxes and furniture you'll be taking with you to your new home. Hang onto the furniture and accessories that you plan to use in your interior home design for staging.
Moving supplies you will need:
For decluttering, you'll need:
1. Instead of trying to declutter the entire house at once, (which can seem futile) select one space at a time.
2. Start with small spaces, as you'll see your progress faster and feel encouraged to move on to bigger tasks.
3. A small space can be a "junk" drawer, a bedroom dresser, or a closet.
4. Work in short time segments. Set a timer for 20 minutes and tackle just one area. Increase the time as you become more efficient.
5. Go through items, one by one. If you can't bear parting with a sentimental item that you no longer need, take a picture of it, then get rid of it!
6. As you declutter your home, you'll also have the opportunity to give each room a deep cleaning, accomplishing two tasks at once.
A spotlessly clean house is a must if you're planning a home sale! Nothing turns off house hunters more than a dirty, cluttered home.
Keep in mind that you are organizing and purging yourself of things you have been clinging to for years-- don't expect to finish in one day.
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