You may have heard of the word clutter before but what does it really mean and what does it mean to sell your house?
The definition of clutter is , “a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass”. When it comes to staging and preparing your home for sale, this mean anything that is lying around that you are not using.
To prepare your home for sale, and when I first speak to clients about clutter, I describe it as anything smaller then a baseball. Items that are smaller than baseballs, small toys, figurines and pictures make rooms seem very small in listing pictures. Other things that makes room seem small are stacks of papers and books. So if you are looking to get rid of clutter start here.
When you start organizing your home for sale, you may start to realize you have too much stuff and you may start to get stressed about where to put everything. Don’t worry, this is very common in the moving process.
If you are experiencing this problem take a few breaths it will be ok. If you have a large driveway, you can purchase a pod to place all your boxes that are not being used. Another option is to get rid of and donate items that are no longer useful to you. Garage sales are a great way to get rid of things you no longer need and many people like to purchase other people’s stuff. Go through one room at a time and decide what is necessary to keep or to get rid of.
Cabinets, whether kitchen or bathroom, are just as important as closets. They are a storage space that comes with the home and its important to keep them clean and tidy. When preparing your home for sale, start off with one cabinet at a time and remove anything not being used; old cups and broken plates, water bottles without lids, containers without lids. Anything you don’t need, pack away or get rid of.
Next, you will want to clean every shelf in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as the front of the cabinet. Make these spaces sparkle and shine.
If you are living in the home while selling, the easiest thing to do is keep your essential products, soaps, makeup etc in a shower caddy and place under sink. That way the items will be organized and won’t take up too much room.
This month, we will be focusing on decluttering specific spaces that are important when selling your home. This week we will be focusing on closets.
Potential buyers will turn away from putting an offer if they are not convinced that there is sufficient storage space in the home. When I view homes and look in closets, the most comment response is “ oh no, don’t look in there”, home owners like to stuff the closets full of stuff to keep it out of sight.
The general rule of thumb for closets is the bottom should be 90% cleared and the top should be 50% clear. Simple things you can do in closets to help organize them is remove any unused hangers and push clothes to one side, this is an instant space saver. If you have boxes, they can be placed in closets but place them on one side. Make sure closet doors and working and easy to open and close.
Space planning and furniture arrangement are very important when selling your home. There is a fine balance between having to much or too little furniture. If you’re working with a smaller space, make sure the furniture is set up appropriate and there is room to walk around.
Below are some do’s and don’t for furniture in small spaces.
1.Create zones. Think about all the things you do in a space — work, sleep, relax, eat — and then establish separate zones for those activities. You can evoke “rooms” with a curtain, a smartly-placed table and chair or paint.
2. Embrace change. Pieces that can serve multiple purposes are everything: Find a table that can function as a desk and a dining table, get a deep sofa that can double as a guest bed or buy cubes that serve as a coffee table and bonus seats when guests are over.
3. Make every piece count. Choose furnishings that offer maximum functionality in minimal square footage. Use two small round tables instead of one big coffee table.
4. Think vertically. Exploit the often under-utilized space between the tops of furniture and a room’s ceiling with hanging or high-mounted elements. Take bookcases and cabinets all the way up.
5. Create sight lines- Tear down walls, enlarge windows or swap solid doors for glass one to open up views and connect adjacent spaces. Another option: Create visual stumbling blocks with walls or shelving that force you to take in the space slowly — suggesting that it’s larger than it is.