Decluttering for Selling

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty

Decluttering for Selling 

 

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Decluttering isn’t about purging your belongings, but rather preparing your home for sale. Buyers want to visualize what they can do with the space. By removing distractions and maximizing usable space, you can show your house at its best. It is about making the first impression a lasting one.

To help, here’s a list of the most important places and items to declutter as you prepare to sell your home.

Tidy the Front Yard

Homebuyers often drive through potential neighborhoods before attending open houses or requesting showings. Therefore, it is important to keep your front yard tidy and make a positive first impression.

Create a Welcoming Entryway

Much like the front yard, the entryway sets the first impression of your home. Organize the space and give it a facelift to create an entrance that draws in potential buyers.

Showcase the Kitchen

Your kitchen is probably one of the most important places for potential buyers. Even if you have a tiny or outdated kitchen, decluttering can help show it at its best. Keep the countertops clean and clear with no small appliances, the refrigerator free of magnets and notes, and the pantry and cupboards tidy and organized. In addition, don’t forget to clean out the refrigerator, freezer, and under sink area.

Highlight the Living/Great Room

Next to the kitchen, the living room is often the showcase of the home, so keep it orderly and free of eyesores during showings. That means clearing out magazines, editing the bookshelves, and paring down throw pillows and table decor that can make the room feel cluttered and smaller. The right amount of furniture will also help a room look larger, so remove extra furniture or furniture in poor condition – either to the dumpster, or put it in storage while your home is on the market.

Make the Bathrooms Shine

Organize and declutter the countertops (no one wants to see your makeup and toothbrushes!), linen closets, and medicine cabinets. Clear out the excess items in the shower and under the sink. Since they’re inexpensive, buy a new rug and shower curtain to freshen the space.

Put Away Photos

De-personalize your home by putting all family photos out of sight. It’s easier for buyers to imaging the home as their own without the reminder that other people currently live there.

Clear the Hallways

Narrow hallways can make even a spacious home feel cramped. Remove as much visual clutter as possible including hanging hooks, photographs, and other artwork.

Organize Storage Rooms

Buyers will want to see inside your garage, closets, and backyard sheds. Make sure your storage rooms look spacious and organized by decluttering and opening up as much space as possible.

Minimize Tabletop Decor

You don’t want completely blank surfaces, but less is more when it comes to candles, artwork, and plants. Very few people have the same taste so it’s best to lean toward a neutral, minimal decor.

Clean the Laundry Room

The laundry room needs to make a good impression. Make sure all cleaning products are organized nicely and floors and appliances are spotless to create the kind of laundry space prospective buyers will want.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or need any additional real estate buying or selling information I'd be happy to assist.

 

I love real estate there is no greater feeling than seeing your customer's happy!!!

 

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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker/Camelot Realty
352-516-7020
1898 N. Donnelly Street
Mount Dora, FL32757
email:patwchampion@yahoo.com

My website: http://patwchampion.mfr.mlsmatrix.com

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Curtis Van Carter
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Pat

WHAT THE HECK, they won't love all my prized possessions. Even the 6 foot, stuffed replica of my Tibetan Yeti. OUCH :-)) cheers cvc

Aug 11, 2018 08:33 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good afternoon Pat. I like this. Right up front you show the cookie and ask for it and then go onto to be helpful and specific.

Aug 11, 2018 10:33 AM #2
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Pat Champion
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Curtis, probably best to put it away. Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great week ahead.

Aug 13, 2018 07:11 AM #3
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Sheila, great advice. Thanks for stopping by I hope you have a great week ahead.

Aug 13, 2018 07:12 AM #4
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Curtis Van Carter
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Pat

Such a good list, I had to take a second look. cheers cvc

Aug 17, 2018 09:14 AM #5
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Curtis, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great weekend.

Aug 17, 2018 09:42 AM #6
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Great list of must do items for sellers who want to see the absolute top dollar for their homes.

Aug 17, 2018 01:29 PM #7
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Debbie Reynolds
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These are great suggestions and how to get a home sold fast. Have a good weekend, Pat.

Aug 18, 2018 07:44 PM #8
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Chris and Debbie, yes this is a great list. Thanks for stopping by I hope you both have a great week.

Aug 20, 2018 06:04 AM #9
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It takes a lot of effort for some sellers to get their homes ready for market. I wouldn't want to sell my house right now.

Aug 24, 2018 07:43 PM #10
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Debbie, yes it does take a lot to prepare a home for sale. I don't think I would like to be in the market to sale.

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