OK, we are all guilty of it. Putting things "away" that we think we will use later, store for a friend, or cant bear to let go...but have you noticed that those items seem to just collect dust in their current place of storage?? Well, whether you notice or not Buyers looking at your home notice. They notice things you may never think of! The old books stored in a closet, the pans you have not cooked with in ten years but "may use again" even though the handle fell off. Buyers are turned off by these things even though they won't be there when you leave.
Sellers nationwide are noticing that they are selling their home quicker and for more money when they de-clutter and clean out their homes of any un-needed items. But what do buyers consider clutter and what items can you live with out? Let's go through it room by room and you can see how simple it is and once you're done what a difference you will see in your home!
First, let's start in the most important room in the house, the Kitchen! When de-cluttering your space you need to look at every item and ask your self "do I use this everyday?" and if the answer is no, or if you only use it once in a while then store it! If you have enough silverware to seat twenty plus people lets get rid of it! You only need enough to feed each member of your family so leave a set of 4 or 6 of each utensil in the drawer. The same rule applies for all your plates, bowls, cups, and saucers. You don't need a plate of every color and style in the cabinet, we need things to look clean and organized, pick one set that matches and put the others away. Now, lets move on to pots and pans. We all store that one pan that has no handle and that we have had since college but now is not the time to show that off! Anything that is not part of a set or that you have two or more of, pack! The less pans the more space it looks like you have in your cabinet. We only want buyers to see what can fit there- not how many can fit there. Let's apply the same rule to the Tupperware, the pantry and that drawer we all consider the "junk" drawer. Once you have made your way through every cabinet you should see a huge difference!!
Look at all that space! You went from a clutter filled kitchen to a nice open and organized space where buyers can imagine their own items and see the room they have to grow into!
Next Room, the bathroom!
This post was courtesy of my licensed assistant, Rachael Collins, and I thank her for this great information and sales tips.