While you’ll have gone to a lot of effort to turn your house into a home, decluttering your possessions and tidying up can help you sell your house as fast as possible when you put it on the market. Clearing the superfluous out of your home will not only make it look bigger, but also help potential buyers imagine how they’d put their own stamp on it. Decluttering each of your rooms will also give you a head start on the packing and, if you have any items to sell, they can even earn you a little bit of money to put into your new house fund.
The benefits of decluttering your home before you put it on the market are clear, but it can seem like an overwhelming task if you don’t know where to start. To help you clear the clutter and sell your home as fast as possible, follow these top tips.
The rules of decluttering
When it comes to decluttering your home, you’ll have the most success if you stick to a few simple principles.
The most important decluttering rule to stick to is that if you haven’t used an item in the last six months and can’t see yourself using it in the next, it should be thrown away or donated. Be strict with yourself when you’re doing this, as the more clutter you can get rid of, the easier it will be to keep your home tidy while it’s on the market. Given that research by RightMove has revealed that UK houses are on the market for an average of 65 days, that will save you a lot of housework.
You should also tackle your home bit-by-bit rather than all at once. The latter method is a sure-fire way to get overwhelmed and give up before you’ve really made an impact. Instead, tackle a drawer, a wardrobe, or a shelf each day until you’ve tidied your whole home. Declutter each area completely, either choosing to keep, throw away, or donate every item stored there.
It can be hard to get kids to tidy up at the best of times but, as any parent knows, trying to get them to part with those toys they haven’t touched in years can often seem like an impossible task. In their guide to decluttering, Plastic Box Shop recommends that you turn decluttering into a game instead of a chore by seeing which member of your family can fill a bin bag with items they want to get rid of the fastest, or racing to be the first to declutter ten of their possessions.
Where to focus your efforts
When decluttering with the goal of making your house more appealing to buyers, it’s important to focus your efforts on the areas that will have the biggest impact.
The surface tidiness of your home is obviously the priority. If your coffee table, mantelpiece, and kitchen work surfaces are covered in clutter, potential buyers will struggle to see themselves living in your home and are also likely to wonder how much effort you’ve put into maintaining the things they can’t see.
However, you shouldn’t just cram the everyday clutter you want to hide in your storage spaces, as buyers will almost certainly be checking these when evaluating your property. In fact, home cleaning brand Vileda conducted a study in which they attached eye-tracking goggles to prospective homebuyers before they visited a property and discovered that 80% inspected a property’s storage space.
Rather than shoving that clutter out of plain sight, you should donate or discard it before your house goes up for sale. You can find a charity shop within 5 miles of your home using the Charity Retail Association’s finder, while you can sell any unwanted items of value on Gumtree and eBay.
So, there you have it: our top tips for decluttering your home in preparation of putting it up for sale. Follow these and it’ll be as easy as possible to have your home looking its best when potential buyers come along.