Decluttering & Downsizing
Decluttering is one of the most important things to do when preparing your home for sale, but it is often one of the most daunting tasks. You never realize just how much stuff you have accumulated over the years until you start sorting through it! The good news is - there are companies who will help you. They can do a much or as little as you want. If you know where you are moving to, they will even go over to your new place and take measurements, then help you figure out what furniture you can take with you and where to put it!
Some people wonder why they should have to declutter before putting their house on the market. After all, aren't they going to continue living in the house? Consider that while your house is on the market, strangers will be coming to take a look at - either during an open house or with their agent. One of the biggest reasons to declutter is for your own security.
Take a quick look around your house and see how much a stranger could figure out about your family. Do you have children's artwork on the refrigerator or on their bedroom walls? Are there family pictures that show how many children you have - ages, sex, possibly name? Do you have bills or appointment reminders on your refrigerator? Even if you have things stuck in drawers or closets, some people are snoopy. I know when I host an open house, I always advise my clients to even take prescription medication out of the house or lock it up somewhere.
Do you have valuable items or items with sentimental value? If someone were casing your house, what would they see? Doesn't it make more sense to get a head start on packing, and get those valuable items out of sight?
The other big reason to declutter is so potential buyers don't get distracted by it. Look at these pictures and see what a difference it makes to clear away the clutter!