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The Importance Of Decluttering When Selling Your Home
If you want to sell your home in the upcoming months or have already placed yours in the market with no results as of yet, you will probably want the best possible price for your home in the shortest period so that you can make an easy transition to your new home. While there are a number of things you can’t control when selling your home, such as the price bracket and market conditions, the one thing you can actually control and do something about is the overall look and feel of your home.
In this article, we are going to highlight reasons why it’s worth spending time on your home before you sell it, and what decluttering can help achieve for not only you but also your potential buyers. So, let’s get started then, shall we?
Why Should You Spend Time & Effort on Your Home Before You Move?
If you are able to entice a potential buyer with great marketing photos of your home, it’s important to make sure that they can visualize living in your home when they come to view it - this will bring you a step closer to making the sale!
Making first-hand changes to the layout, décor and clutter in your home can make all the difference when it comes to making your home stand out from the crowd and creating a lasting impression on potential buyers. However, let’s face it - most sellers are reluctant to spend any time and money on a home they are soon going to move out of.
After all, the moving process in itself costs a considerable amount of money. It is, however, important to not lose sight of the bigger picture when you are selling your home. Think about it - if your home has been on the market for months, you will incur the additional expenses of living in it for that time as well as keeping it well maintained.
You may even have to consider cutting your asking price just so that your home sells. Bear in mind, though, that this will amount to thousands of dollars. Moreover, to think of it, you could have easily avoided yourself the hassle by spending a few hundred, if you declutter your home with the help of a professional.
Does Decluttering Actually Make a Difference to Your Home?
One of the biggest reasons for most people to move out of a home is the lack of sufficient space available. They feel they have outgrown their current home and need to look for a bigger home that provides them with the space to grow into. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that decluttering your home before selling will make a huge difference!
Why Do You Need to De-Clutter Before You Sell Your Home?
Decluttering your home and making it more organized and welcoming in preparation for the move is a good idea for a number of reasons. Don’t quite know what they are? Well, let’s explore a few of them here:
Maximizes the Space in Your Home
By decluttering your home, your potential buyers can see the wood for the trees. They want to get a good look at the space they are buying and see if it offers good value. They will consider the condition of the flooring, walls, and whatnot, but this can be rather hard if most of it is covered with your belongings. When you declutter, you allow the buyer to see the space and visualize themselves living in it - you are, after all, selling a lifestyle.
Gets You Emotionally Ready When the Time Comes
When you have been living in a home for a long period, it can be difficult to emotionally move out, regardless of whether you feel ready for the move or not. However, when you sort through your stuff beforehand, you get to see that all your belongings (well, most of them) are moving with you rather than the actual house. As you pack or throw items away, you view the space as less your home, and more of a place where you are preparing for your next adventure.
Allows You to Focus on What’s Important to Your Buyers
Whenever you walk into a friend’s house, have you ever come across something (such as a photo or piece of art) on the walls or surface that immediately catches your eye? When a potential buyer views your home, they too can get easily distracted by your life and your belongings. Therefore, if your home is filled with your personal story, you are leaving no room for them to visualize theirs. Makes sense, right?
Dustin Sartoris is a licensed Real Estate Agent for eXp Realty who is dedicated to showcasing everything that Austin, Texas has to offer. Originally from Corpus Christi, Dustin began his career in ....