There’s no doubt that selling your home can be stressful. Especially if you find yourself selling quickly – you might not have much time between approaching a real estate agent and having potential buyers filing through your home.
If you want to make your property stand out from the competition, you’ll need to do some quick prep work. And although this may seem overwhelming at first, we’re here to help!
Our number one tip for preparing your home for inspection? Decluttering! Reducing the amount of clutter in your home will not only give a good impression to buyers, it will also make sure you’re presenting your home in the best possible way for sale.
Why is it Important to Declutter?
These days, when inspecting a new home, people expect to see bright, open, spacious living environments. They need to be able to imagine whether they could see themselves living happily in the space.
If your home is packed full of personal belongings, surplus furniture items, and endless bric-a-brac, it’s harder for people to envisage a blank canvas. Therefore, you need to clear the space as best you can, to show off your home’s unique features and flow.
In fact, many property managers believe you should aim to remove 50% of your things from the house before putting it on the market. This way, potential buyers will have a much better chance of seeing your home as a clean, fresh slate that they could transform into their ideal home.
Getting Rid of Unwanted House Items
Ready to declutter your home and give it the best chance for a good sale?
If you have time on your side, why not organise a garage sale? Or sell unwanted household items on eBay? You can also donate to local charity shops, allowing your belongings to be used by the people who need them most.
Remember, you don’t want to make your home look cold and empty – you want it to still look warm and welcoming, just without any personal family pictures, religious icons, or unnecessary clutter.
When decluttering, focus on one room at a time. Use the ‘six-month rule’ – have you used this item or worn this piece of clothing in the last six months? Can you really see yourself using it in the next six months? No? Out it goes!
It can also be a good idea to have a ‘maybe’ box where you place items you aren’t sure of. This way, you won’t be making a hasty decision over sentimental items at this point in time – you can simply sort through this box later rather than wasting any time over indecision.
When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed (or just tired) give yourself a moment to visualise the room once it’s finished and clutter-free. You’ll probably notice yourself feeling much lighter after you’ve decluttered your home!
Store Your Treasured Belongings
Believe it or not, during home inspections, people will open up cupboards as they move throughout your home. So shoving household clutter into cupboards isn’t the answer!
If you don’t have much time to get rid of unwanted items before inspection day, it’s best to place them into storage. Move things into your garage or ask your neighbours, friends or family if they have extra storage room for a short time. You’ll be able to go through everything properly during settlement.
Be sure to clean all cupboards inside as well as out. Leave just the essentials in all cupboards, including the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and bedrooms. Prospective buyers will always be interested in the dimensions of any linen and storage cupboards as well.
Have Your Home Professionally Cleaned
Once you’ve decluttered your home, you’ll want to make sure it’s sparkling clean. There’s no bigger turnoff to potential buyers than a house covered in dirt and grime. For the best chance of a sale, you’ll want to show that your house has been properly cared for and maintained. This will help to increase its value.
If you don’t have time to do a thorough clean, or don’t feel 100% confident in your cleaning abilities, hire a professional cleaner to do the job for you. This way, you can reduce extra stress, knowing that your home is in good hands.
While professional house cleaners will cost you an outlay of money, think of the return you’ll get when your home sells for a good price. A professional clean will also make a big difference to the photos taken of your home for sale, as well as making it far more inviting and appealing on inspection day. Now that you’ve reduced the clutter in your home, and had it professionally and expertly cleaned, you’ll be ready to show off sparkling windows that let in the light, clean floors and carpets, and fresh dust-free bedrooms!
Also, make sure that all beds are made, bedside tables are free of personal items, ensure there are no dishes in the sink or clothes on the floors, the swimming pool is cleaned and things such as windows, blinds and appliances are cleaned.
Need some help getting your home ready for sale? Contact Uber Clean House, Melbourne’s professional home cleaners. With expert window cleaning and steam carpet cleaning services, we’ll take the stress out of selling your home.
Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.