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If you have ever hired a home staging professional I would bet that somewhere within the first 15 minutes of your meeting you heard the words DECLUTTER. In Minnesota I think we have a more significant problem with stuff accumulation than you might find in more temperate climates. I can't prove that to you by linking you out to an expert source, but I still believe it to be true!
I know that I am much better about getting outgrown clothing and unused items out of the house during the summer months than the winter months. Life is just easier in Minnesota from June to October. I guess the one exception would be the post Christmas run to the Goodwill.
Doesn't it seem like your home shrinks on December 25th? I think it is not only the addition of presents, but also the visiting relatives, and the extra food, and the many cars in the drive. At any rate, I am always on a mission to move things out around New Years.
The First Reason That Decluttering is a Good Idea
Your Property Will Be Much More Appealing To Buyers
But back to the home stagers number one rule. Declutter. A streamlined home shows better. I think there are a couple of really good arguments about why you as a seller of Real Estate will benefit from time spent editing out unused and unnecessary items.
- Lots of people are moving because they have run out of space. When they see a property where everything seems to have a place to go it tells them that there will be room for all their things too.
- Clutter distracts buyers. To really get them engaged in the property you have to get their attention on the best features of the house. People are nosy...we like to solve the puzzle. When a property has lots of things around, you are providing clues for the buyers to follow.
- Getting rid of things you no longer use will make packing up when you do get a contract that much easier
- Who wants to move clutter into their new home?
The Second Reason That Decluttering is a Good Idea
Charitible Organizations Can Do Great Things With the Money Your Donation Brings In
Your cast offs can be donated to charity and improve the lives of many people that are less fortunate then you are.
Did you know that not all Thrift Stores are non-profit? If you give to a charity like Goodwill, Salvation Army, ARC, Catholic Charities and similar organizations much more of the value of your donation goes to charity then if you donated to a for profit organization such as Savers.