Of all the things to keep in mind when selling your home, de-cluttering and cleaning your house thoroughly is one of the most important. The buyer has to be able to picture themselves in your space. Get rid of those stacks of bills, piles of folded laundry, and clusters of found items in a bowl on your dresser. Your home should look like it’s straight out of a magazine. The more clean and organized your house is, the more potential buyers will see it as a well-cared-for home.
The folks over at Young House Love have a pretty good quick fix that you can do in under an hour: Grab two bags and organize things you want to keep but don’t want to be displayed and things you want to toss or donate and go through your entire house. You can read the details of their sweep here.
Don’t forget to pay attention to closets and storage areas — buyers are going to want to see them, and the more organized and clean they are, the better. It’s much easier to see the potential of a closet when it’s neatly organized and you can see all of the things it’s storing. For some tips for organizing your closet, turn to Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely. She’s a pro, and has tackled the closets in her home like a champ. Here’s the before and after of her catch-all hallway closet, and a look at her perfectly organized wardrobe for some inspiration.
Also consider rearranging your furniture or even removing a few pieces if your rooms feel full. Symmetrical arrangements usually work well. Pulling your furniture away from the walls or creating conversation-friendly areas help people to feel like spaces are intimate and inviting. Sellers often rent storage units during this process to get some of the nonessential items out of their home while showing it to others. If you’re looking for somewhere to house your things while you’re in the moving process, check out 34th Street Mini Storage. They have climate-controlled units with keypad locks and 24-hour surveillance to ensure your belongings are safe and protected.