Are you considering putting your home on the market this spring? There are so many questions and concerns you may have during this crucial time. A good place to start is to declutter your home. This will not only enable you to stage your home more efficiently, but the less stuff there is in your home, the less hassle there will be when you actually move. I know, the weather in New Hampshire these last few weeks has not been the best for spring cleaning. But fear not, there are many things you can do that can kick-start your decluttering project while the snow is still on the ground.
My best advice to clients is to walk through their homes and take pictures of each room. You will be surprised by what you see. A picture captures what your home would look like to potential buyers, and makes it easier for you to recognize clutter. Rooms that seem comfortable and cozy, may seem messy and crowded in photographs. Try to remember, these are the same photographs that any good real estate agent will be using to sell your home.
The kitchen is a great place to start, as it is the heart of the home. Remove everything from counters and storage. I suggest making 3 piles: always used, seldom used and never used. Only keep out appliances that you use every day and store the rest. Anything you find that ends up in the last pile should be tossed or donated. Leave plenty of space on each shelve and drawer. Using only 2/3 of your storage space makes it seem larger to prospective buyers.
As you tackle the other rooms in your home, clear them out completely. Return only a few accent pieces so buyers can imagine their own possessions in your house. Collections and pictures can be distracting to any buyer. To make rooms look spacious, remove some of the furniture. There are many techniques to highlight your home’s strength and downplay it’s weaknesses. If you need advice or guidance, find a realtor who includes professional staging in their marketing package.
As you come closer to your goal, you will not only have removed unnecessary things from your life, but you will have staged your home for selling. Decluttering your home shows it at it’s best advantage; which can make for a faster sale and higher sales price.
David Nease has always made family priority #1, both in his life as well as his business. That’s why more and more families trust his expertise as one of Londonderry’s leading real estate professionals. David lives in Londonderry with his wife Jodie and three young children. He’s a full time Realtor with Prudential Verani Realty specializing in the Londonderry market. For more information on David or his Real Estate services visit www.davidnease.com