Declutter and Clean Before Listing Your Home

Industry Observer

Getting your home to look its best before you list it can be one of the most important things you can do to sell your home.  


I am currently in the process of helping my mom list her home for sale.  Unfortunately, my mom is also a hoarder.  After the walkthrough with the realtor, it became clear things needed to change if we were to get the best price for her home.


While changing behaviors is not easy, we quickly realized that we would have to do some decluttering and cleaning to make the home presentable.  


We started going room by room through the home.  The items that were outside of the dressers and cabinets were the most important things to declutter.  I found that when my mom had help (my sister and I), she was willing and able to get rid of many items that she had been holding onto for years.  


We have since taken 6 entire truckloads of items to the Salvation Army and Goodwill.  Her home looks so much better now, and I think she is excited for this new change in her life.  


All it took was a little encouragement and understanding.  For example, there were some collectible bears that were non-negotiable.  We assured her that we would keep these items, but we were able to put them in bins in the garage and get them out of sight.


After decluttering, we noticed that a lot of dust had accrued in the home as a result of the clutter.  We followed a simple cleaning routine to make her home sparkle.  We also shared this routine with a local cleaning service so that they could upkeep the home while it is on the market.  


Her home is now in great shape to be shown to potential buyers.  Even more importantly, she is very proud of the progress we have made.  She is excited for this new chapter in her life, and we are excited for her.


If you are going to put your home on the market, here are some resources you can use to get your home in amazing shape:  


Here is a room by room decluttering guide: Decluttering Guide


You want to make sure you have enough time to declutter your home, so I recommend starting several months before you are going to list your home.


Here is a simple cleaning schedule you can follow to keep your home in top shape during the process: Simple Cleaning Routine


And if you are completely overwhelmed by the mess, here is a resource that can help you get motivated: Clean Even When You Are Overwhelmed By The Mess


I really hope these resources can help you get your home in great shape to list and sell it!  You just need to get started!  Good luck!


Comments (3)

Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

Great advice on decluttering, so important for the new homeowner to see a great first impression on the home for sale. 

Aug 04, 2020 08:14 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jodie Kase welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog.

Oct 13, 2020 02:47 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It is crucial to prepare your home for the Buyers eyes ! And you are going to have to pack up all this clutter anyway . Do it now and make thousands more !

Oct 18, 2020 07:14 AM

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