Why Is De-cluttering So Important? Read On To Find Out Why You Need To Do It, And What Is Bound To Happen If You Don’t
June 16, 2016
If you want to sell your house, one of the best things you can do is to clean up clutter, and go for some DIY projects. It is no secret that the front porch and walkway give buyers their first impression of your home. You should add fresh paint your front door in a focal point color. Try these tips as well
Try replacing the front door knocker, knob and other worn hardware. Consider setting up a welcoming bench or all-weather chair where visitors can gather to discuss your house. It can also never hurt to use seasonal decorations. Your goal is to help buyers envision their lives in your house, and it is sure to evoke potential memories.
•If you can, create an outside focal point to draw buyers’ attention to landscaping, such as planting very colorful flowers.
•Make sure sidewalks are free of clutter and trash.
•Fix fences and gates.
•Keep gardens tidy and the lawn mowed.
Declutter and Clean
Decluttering can be scary; you’re going through piles and piles of things that you never “got around to” sorting out, and now, you must do it all at one time. Here are some tips for decluttering room by room:
•Clear counters of small appliances.
•Pack rarely used appliances (crockpots, fondue pots, toasters), tools and pans.
•Pot racks, utensils hanging on walls and other open kitchen storage can be unsightly and even dangerous, if people are in danger of hitting their heads or brushing up against sharp gear. Take it all down and swap in plain wallboard.
•Pack away rarely used staples and gear like seasonal cookie cutters, extra aprons, and unusual spices to air out pantries, drawers and cabinets. People need to envision their own stuff in the storage spaces. See: Declutter That House to Sell It Faster.
•Remove evidence of problems, such as ant powder, from closets.
•Find a different or temporary home for jewelry, perfume, and rarely used toiletries.
•Pack or toss all but three changes of linens to create an airy look in your closets.
•Refresh shelf and drawer liners.
•Remove evidence of mothballs.
•Clean and repair grout.
Be sure to pack out-of-season clothes and linens and store off-site. Choose a pretty, light set of linens for each bed, with decorative pillows, and pack away family photos.
Living, Dining & Family Rooms
•Clear out stacks of magazines and hobby materials. Stacks, even if neat and straight, add weight and visual clutter to rooms.
•Clean the window treatments and the windows. If your window treatments involve numerous layers, consider leaving only the decorative layer.
•If your walls are covered with attention-grabbing artwork, shrink your arrangement to a tasteful few.
•Examine walls and woodwork for dirt and chips.
•Choose only a few pillows for accents.
•Make sure you have a safe, consistent landing spot for TV and sound system remotes, far from the hands of children.
•Limit the number of toys kept in any room, and create a place where the remaining toys can quickly be collected, such as a large basket.