Want to Sell Your House for 10 to 15 % higher? Make Sure You Declutter!

Whenever potential buyers enter to view a property for sale, they come with their vision of “home”. If they can picture themselves living in a clean, neat and orderly space, you may have a sale!

Remember potential buyers have the option of opening your built-in cabinets and closets to inspect them for space. If they feel like their “stuff” will not fit inside your home, you may lose the sale.

Why does getting rid of clutter increase the value of your home? The answer is simple –houses with more storage space, receive more offers. More offers generate competition on the market which in turn raises the asking price!

Let’s start with the 3 biggest problem areas in a home:

1. THE KITCHEN
Counter tops: Remove clutter from kitchen counter tops to show an expanse of counter space. The rule of thumb is no more than 3 items (coffee maker, toaster, paper towel holder) should be on your counter
Under the sink: Remove as many items as possible from under the sink.  Place any remaining items in bins or baskets to keep them orderly.
Cabinets: Pack away anything that you have not used in the past year.  Remember everything you do not need can go into storage while your house is on the market.
2. THE BATHROOM
Counter tops: Limit yourself to only hand soap plus one additional item on the counter. No one wants to see your toothbrush when touring your house!
Under the sink: Dispose of any unnecessary items and place those remaining in bins.
Medicine cabinet: Potential buyers will look in your medicine cabinet. Hide anything you do not want public and place as many items as possible in the bins under the sink. Remember to remove your prescription medicine.
Linen closet: Remove any unnecessary items and store away. Neatly fold all linens and stack by color.
3. COMMON AREA
Put all toys away in cabinets or bins.
Clear out old papers and magazines.

Decluttering can be fun! One of the main benefits of de-cluttering is that you will be able to find what you are looking for and this will save you time. Studies show that people who are organized are happier and more comfortable in their homes.

If you are ready to sell your house and need help organizing your home, let Sally Johnston, owner of Clutter Clearer, come to your rescue! With her decades of experience, she is an expert at displaying, creating, and organizing. Whether it’s your living room, bedroom, kids room, kitchen, bathroom- or entire house, Sally can help de-clutter your home and bring it to life. Want to increase the likelihood of a fast sale! Call Sally today at 504-376-4114