Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams North Atlanta #291725


Let’s talk about why you should declutter your home before you list it.  Don’t forget what sold you on the house you are presently in.  You probably bought it new, or you could just SEE yourself in that house.  You’ll want potential buyers to see themselves in your home.  The way to do that is to make your home a blank canvas

Before we talk about how to declutter your home before you list it, let’s start with the first impression a buyer gets of your home – curb appeal and their entry into your home.  Make sure your yard is mowed, edged, no toys in the yard, and some nice color (if you have to, buy a few colorful annuals and plant them by your entryway, or add potted plants.  The small amount of money you spend here will come back to you in buyer interest and offers)!  Don’t forget to sweep/blow the walkways and wash/power wash or otherwise “spiff up” your front door/entryway; and, make sure your foyer is just as welcoming.

Now, back to decluttering the inside of your home The 3 most important things to do inside are:

1. Clean

2. Declutter

3. De-Personalize

Clean Consider steam cleaning all of your carpeting.  Dust all of your corners and ceilings so that you don’t have any dust “bunnies” anywhere.  Mop all floors.  Make sure bathrooms sparkle It’s a good idea to have all of your windows cleaned as well.  This is another expense that is worth it when a quick offer comes your way.

Declutter What you may find comfy and cozy, others may find crowded and excessive.  Remove oversized furniture and rearrange rooms to maximize the size of the room.  Remember that you want the potential buyer to picture their own furniture in the room, so the less furniture there, the better.  Put away all collectibles and knickknacks.  Books are fine, as long as you don’t have piles and piles of books spilling out of cabinets.  Clean off all counters in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Put as much as possible in your cabinets.  (Keep cabinets well organized though.  Buyers will be looking to see what kind of storage space you have.  If you must, do as much pre-packing and storing off-site as possible.  Pre-packing and storing is a fabulous plan that goes perfectly with decluttering your home before you list).  One other place to declutter is the outside of your refrigerator - remove all magnets, calendars, photos etc. 

De-Personalize Yes, you need to take down all of your personal and family photos.  You really do want those viewing your home to be picturing themselves living in your home, not admiring your family living there.  Put away all medications as well – don’t leave them out on counters (not just for decluttering, but for safety as well).

Where else should you declutter?  The garage!  You want those buyers to see that they can pull their cars into that garage, and maybe even store their sporting goods etc. in there.  A great idea would be to pre-pack your garage items and store them away from your property.  After all, your goal is to sell your home, not stay in it!

So, why should you declutter your home before you list?  Because, my friends, you want a quick contract so that you can go find that next decluttered dream home of your own!

Call me today and I’ll help you get started!


Celia Reis, Associate Broker

Reis Properties

Keller Williams North Atlanta

Email: celia@reisproperties.com


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Comments (10)

Greg Steffens
Mountain Country Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post.  Be sure to spend some time looking around at what and how others are blogging here - it is a great education and lots of fun.  Looks like you’re off to a great start…keep it up!

Sep 19, 2013 08:05 AM
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Celia, this is very good advise for sellers and they have to realize that the goal is to make their HOME a house that is marketable and appealing to the greatest number of people who in turn will make that house THEIR home!

Sep 19, 2013 08:38 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

celia, All good tips. They are all equally importanat with an emphasis on Clean, Clean, Clean!!

Sep 19, 2013 11:33 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Celia - It is important to declutter and clean before placing any home in the market. Thanks for the information.

Sep 19, 2013 01:02 PM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information
Howdy and morning Celia
Welcome to the ActiveRain Real Estate blogging community! You'll sure find a lot of mighty fine folks here in the community to get to know. I'm one of the many ActiveRain community members which are an ActiveRain Ambassador.
If you should ever have any questions about how to do anything or about the rules of the ActiveRain community, please feel free to contact me either by sending me a e-mail or by giving me a call, I'll sure be mighty glad to give you a helping hand. If for some reason I don't know the answer to a question which you might have, I'll sure will find out the answer and get back to you with the right answer.
Take the time to look at the different groups within the community, pick some different groups to join, post your blog posts in them, be sure to take the time to read the posting guidelines of each group you might want to join, folks sure will want to follow them. Members can join as many or as few of the different groups within the community as they would like to. Members are able to post their blog posts in 5 different groups at a time.
Keep up your mighty fine job of posting! I'll be looking forward to seeing even more blog posts written and posted by you, plus seeing you join some of the mighty fine groups in the AR community.
Happiness sure is Homemade 
Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire
Sep 20, 2013 01:35 AM
Celia Reis
Keller Williams North Atlanta - Alpharetta, GA
Associate Broker

Thank you everyone!  Your encouragement is so appreciated.  Do you find a large number of consumers reading your consumer related posts?

Sep 20, 2013 04:38 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | www.DelawareValleyRE.com - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

Celia, Great Post... Thanks for Sharing! Also, Welcome to the Rain! Active Rain is a great place to share your knowledge, expertise and thoughts, as well as network and learn so much from the vast pool of talent already onboard. I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. If you would like to connect with me on ActiveRain, please subscribe to my blog! Welcome Aboard & Much Success!


Sep 25, 2013 03:37 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Welcome to Activerain and I hope you are learning a lot and if you ever need any assistance, don't hesitate to check out my blog, email me, call me, I will be glad to
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Sep 26, 2013 03:49 PM
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

Welcome to Activerain from from all of us at Ken's Home Team. I think you will find this site to be a wealth of knowledge and referrals. This really is the best real estate blogging and real estate network on the internet. If you have any questions about Activerain, reach out to the wonderful Ambassadors here in the rain. (They are a wealth of knowledge and were picked by the Activerain staff for their willingness to help others.

Sep 26, 2013 03:54 PM