This is part 1 of a two part series aimed at getting homes ready before selling through decluttering and organization. This series is a collaboration with Balanced Chaos, a local, women-owned business that's focused on restoring the balance and creating clarity within your chaos.
Decluttering and organizing your seller's home before listing it is crucial for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, a cluttered and disorganized home can be off-putting to potential buyers. It can be difficult for them to envision themselves living in the space if it is filled with personal items and clutter. In addition, a cluttered home can appear smaller and may not show off the full potential of the space.
On the other hand, a decluttered and organized home allows potential buyers to better visualize themselves living in the space. It also allows them to see the full potential of the home and get a better sense of its layout and flow.
From a real estate agent's perspective, a decluttered and organized home is much easier to show to potential buyers. It allows the agent to highlight the best features of the home and make it more attractive to buyers. It also makes it easier for the agent to take photos and create marketing materials for the home.
In short, decluttering and organizing your home before selling is crucial for attracting potential buyers and making the most of your home's potential. It can make a big difference in the success of your sale.
Celeste LaRochelle and her team at Balanced Chaos put together a few tips that Realtors can share with their sellers to make their listings ready to hit the market.
"Decluttering and organizing your home before selling is crucial for attracting potential buyers and making the most of your home's potential," LaRochelle says.
If you are tackling this on your own, here are some helpful tips:
Go through your home room by room and see where you can minimize your "stuff". Good questions to ask yourself through this process are; Do I actually use this? Do I have a need for this? Do I love this or am I just holding on to it?
This is a good time to donate the items that no longer serve you. You can also recycle, or simply trash them. Go through your clothes to see what you actually wear. (That dress you bought in 2019 that hasn't seen the light of day since- can probably go!) Take inventory of items in your kitchen. Tackle the junk drawer. Visit old and outdated electronics you've been holding onto.
Attention To Detail
A clean home always gives a feeling of comfort. Don't forget to clean the baseboards, walls, windows, the vents and to get the floor sparkling.
"Before you can list your home, you have to get organized! Decluttering and organizing will set you up for an easier transition into the selling process and ultimately into your new home." LaRochelle said. "Your new home should only have items that you truly love and
Decluttering and organizing your home before selling not only makes it more attractive to potential buyers, but it also makes the job of the realtor easier.
When a home is decluttered and organized, it is easier for the realtor to highlight its best features and create effective marketing materials. This, in turn, can greatly impact the success of the sale.
By your sellers taking the time to declutter and organize their home before listing it on the market, you can set yourself and your sellers up for success and make the process smoother for everyone involved.