It’s time to move. You need to get your house on the market. You need to get your home organized to sell.
Wait! Getting organized may seem like the last thing you want to do, or have time to do, before you put your home on the market. However, taking the time to declutter and even organize your closets and drawers can help net you extra money in the long run.
Have a neat and orderly home makes a great first impression on the buyer. Usually that’s all you get.
Clutter = Too Much Work
When a buyer walking into your home, you want your home to seem effortless. You want them to feel as if they wouldn’t have to lift a finger to live in this beautiful space. A clutter home makes buyers think that the home will need a lot of work. That doesn’t entice anyone to buy.
White Space is Good
“White” space in closets and drawers as well as on kitchen counters has great appeal. When the buyer see white space, it gives her eyes a place to rest. It allows her to imagine all the possibilities your home could offer.
Pack Away the Collections
Your Hummell collection that takes up the entire mantel is cute and the porcelain frogs you’ve arranged on your dresser are wonderful, but….in all honesty, your treasures may be distracting to buyers. You want your prospective buyers to be thinking about the house, not your collection. Time to packing away your collection to make the space less cluttered and more appealing.10 reasons you need to declutter & organize your home before you try to sell it Click To Tweet
Buyers want to create their own memories in the home. Removing family photos and memorabilia gives the buyers a clean slate.
Highlight Your Strengths
By getting rid of the “noise” in the home you can highlight the house’s strong points. If your living room has beautiful built-in shelves but they are cluttered with random knick-knacks, overflowing with books or housing stacks of newspapers, potential buyers won’t be able to see the shelves’ potential.
Move On In
When you clear out excess accessories and furniture, you allow buyers to mentally “move in.” And that’s the whole goal, isn’t it?
Increase Your Money
Decluttering, organizing and staging your home can lead to a HUGE return on your investment (Up to 400% according to Homegain.com.) So if you spend $1,000 on a professional organizer and/or stager, you may see a $4,000 in your selling price, and every penny counts, right?
Less is Best
There are fewer things for you to clean and maintain while your house in on the market.
You will save time and money by not having to pack, move and unpack unneeded items.
When in doubt, be ruthless with your decluttering. It will pay off in the end If you have a hard time decluttering, making the needed decisions or just don’t know where to start, consider hiring a professional organizer to help make the process a little easier. Find an organizer near you at the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Selling your home is never easy. When you make the investment of time (and maybe a little) money to get your home organized to sell, you are more likely to have a great return on your investment.