You may have heard me say this before but de cluttering is the MOST important part of selling your home. Buyers can and will look absolutely everywhere in your home when considering it for purchase.
Here are a few tips to help you de-clutter your home.
- Half-empty closets. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
- Stop receiving junk mail.The average canadian household receives an estimated 850 pieces of junk mail every year — enough, as we all know, to cover our kitchen tables several times over.
- Switch to paperless billing
There are pros and cons to paperless billing, but the pros easily outweigh the cons when it comes to both clutter and environmental impact. A paperless bill only clogs your email inbox (a topic for another day) whereas a paper bill clutters your desk. Saving paper means also saving trees, and 171 pounds of greenhouse gases, 63 gallons of water, and 4.5 gallons of gasoline annually for the average paperless household, according to Pay It Green, a coalition of financial institutions and businesses promoting paperless billing. Now, if only we could find a way to stop them from billing in the first place.
- Join an online book shelf. Do it online. Sites like LibraryThing, Goodreads, Shelfari, aNobii and BookJetty let you keep track of your books, share your lists with friends and even take notes, rate your favourites and write reviews. If you have someone to impress, you can send the link to your virtual bookshelf.
- Snack on fruit. Even the most well-organized kitchens tend to overflow onto countertops. One way to keep that overflow from looking like clutter is to turn it into decoration: Get a simple decorative fruit bowl, then substitute fruit for your junk food snack purchases. One nice side benefit: You’ll cut down on the number of times you have to take trash to the curb, since the majority of American household waste is made up of packaging. An even nicer side benefit: You’re more likely to choose a healthy snack if it’s right in front of you, so fill up the fruit bowl and enjoy!
Simply easy steps can be taken every day to help improve your home for sale.
Linens are an important part of your home’s overall appeal even though they are very tiny aspect of the home. Making sure any visible linens are brand new or at lest look brand new can help your home sell faster.
Items on this list include:
- Tea towels ( cheap nice tea towels can be found at your local dollar store)
- Chair cushions, Slip covers are an inexpensive way to brighten your home and change out your decor so it looks brand new.
- Oven mitts, These items can get very dirty; make sure to place new ones out so buyers can see the cleanliness of your home.
- Bath matts.Take these items off the floor if they are wet they might leave a ring on your floor
- Sheets. Clean sheets showcase your bedroom furniture nicely.
If your looking for something to do this weekend? here is a reasonably easy task to accomplish. If your kitchen doesn’t have a backsplash, make it your priority to place one in your home asap.
The reasons back splashes are so important are:
- They give character to the heart of your home
- They don’t cost much to install.
- They come in a wide range of materials and textures, gorgeous tiles, glass mosaic, mirror tiles, or plain tiles interspersed with a few fancy ones . These can be found at any home improvement store.
- They add ROI to your home even though it doesn’t cost much to add since you’re doing such a small area.
- They look good!
With the holidays just around the corner, it may be important to focus on your kitchens; the centre of your home.
To keep your kitchen clean and organized follow these tips:
- Keep kitchen counters free of clutter: if you haven’t used it in 2 years, find a new home for it, Items should not live on your counters.
- Keep items to a minimal on counters, a single bowl or vase holding cooking utensils is okay.
- Store small appliances in cupboards. Do everything you can to keep items off counters. When items are on counters ,they accumulate and eventually you may not be able to find your countertops.
- Clean back splashes. They have that name for a reason. Food tends to splash on these areas and home owners tend to forget about them. Wipe down the back splash after every meal cooked to keep up with the mess.
- Floors: your floors tend to get everything dropped on, from kids meals to bits and pieces of vegetables and meat. If you have pets, they are sure to be found around your feet when cooking meals. Wash your floors at least once a week.