Is it time to declutter your home?
The warmer weather has got us all feeling even more motivated here at CB Homes. We can finally say hello to Spring! Perhaps you’re also feeling the urge to get things done, too. If you’re considering selling your home any time soon, we can’t stress how important it is to get organised early on. Packing up all your beloved items can soon turn into a marathon. To save time (and stress), we recommend decluttering your entire home before making the move. After all, the more ‘stuff’ you get rid of, the less you’ll have to pack when moving day comes around!
Alongside all of this, you will make your home a lot more appealing when you begin to have viewings. Although an agent can do their best to sell your house, visitors will still judge based on their own impressions when they step foot through the door. And let’s face it, clutter won’t sell!
Our top tips to help you declutter
As experts in the field of selling homes, we thought we’d have a nugget of wisdom or two to share. Getting your home ready to sell doesn’t have to be a daunting task, and with these easy tips, you’ll begin to see just how effective decluttering can be. The most important part? Start early! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to have clear out so you don’t end up in a cardboard-box frenzy the night before a viewing.
The six-month rule
If it’s not been used in the past six months, chuck it out. The exception to this rule is, of course, seasonal items like Christmas decorations! Chances are, if you’ve not worn that dress in six months or you’ve not used that stereo, you’re probably not going to use it again.
Organise what you’re throwing out
Create three piles or boxes: ‘keep’, ‘throw’, ‘donate’. Anything in good condition that you don’t use anymore can be donated to your local charity shop. It’s a win-win! This should be applied to any time you declutter a room, not just when you move.
Tackle each room with a fresh mind
Make a list of the rooms or areas which need decluttering. Aim to do just one at a time (one a week, for example). This will ensure you don’t get too fatigued and that your brain is fresh each time you come to attempt to declutter. And every time you tackle a new room, look at it from a new perspective: how will potential buyers view this space? Then, improve on your findings.
Storage is your new best friend
Invest in handy storage solutions if you’ve got a lot of stuff you want to keep. We understand that you can’t bear to part with certain things. At least if they’re stored away correctly, your home will look a lot more appealing on photographs and to viewers.
Don’t forget about your furniture
Pull out your large furniture. You’d be surprised how much gets lost or ‘stored’ underneath beds and behind sofas. You may even find some hidden gems! Whilst you’re doing this, you might want to take the time to rearrange furniture to create a more welcoming feel to each room. A different layout might work better on photographs, too.
Time to spring clean!
So, you’ve got that decluttering stage out of the way? Now, you can focus entirely on getting those sparkling surfaces without worrying about sifting through junk! First things first, you should always work from the top down. That means, dust lighting fixtures, wall hangings and surfaces first. Then, follow up by dusting any lower down items and moving onto the floor.
You may think that potential buyers won’t notice the odd bit of dust. However, you’d be surprised how much a good clean can really impact the feeling of a home. Plus, once you’ve completed your deep clean, you’ll be much more prepared for moving day.
Quick tips for appealing to viewers
Although a clean and clutter-free house is key to bagging those essential viewings, there are a few other tips we have up our sleeve for you.
- So you’ve kept your ‘stuff’ to a minimum, it’s time to keep people to a minimum too! Don’t invite the whole family round for viewing day. The fewer people in the house, the easier a potential buyer will find it to envisage themselves living there. A quiet, peaceful setting will also allow them to really take in everything about the property and ask any questions they may have.
- Increase the ‘kerb appeal’ of your home. Before viewers have even got to the front door, you want to create a good impression. Leave your car off the drive to give them room to park – if possible. Spruce up your front garden and give your front door a fresh lick of paint if needed.
- Don’t forget about the back garden, either! If you’re lucky enough to have a decent outdoor space, you’ll want to make sure it can be another big selling point for your home. Pull up any weeds, mow the lawn, store away the kid’s toys. Keep it simple and presentable.
- Make sure your home smells nice. Although this sounds menial, it’s actually really important. Bad smells can be a major put-off in any circumstance, especially when viewing a potential future home; open some windows to let in fresh air and maybe light a candle or two. An old trick that really works? Make some fresh coffee or warm bread in the oven – these homely smells will appeal to your visitors’ senses and create an inviting atmosphere.