house ready for sale – Selling your home and moving is one of the most stressful things you will ever do. Often you are working to a deadline and you need to make a certain amount of profit from the sale. So it is crucial that your home makes a great first impression to any interested buyers who walk through the door. And that means you need to de-clutter. De-cluttering is not the same as tidying – rather than moving bits and bobs from one part of the house to another, you are actively getting rid of any spare odds and ends which may make your home appear messy or poorly maintained.
Mess might not seem like a big deal, but when selling your home it must exhibit potential to the people who are thinking about buying it. They will want to put their stamp on the property, and it is easier to imagine yourself living in a place which is clean, roomy and ready for redecoration. And there is another major advantage to de-cluttering your house – less stuff for you to bring with you when you move! So where do you start? De-cluttering can be a daunting task, so start small. You want to make three categories for your clutter: save, discard and store. Start with the stuff you know you are going to discard – old VHS movies, ancient bedding, broken games consoles etc.
Fill up a car and take it to your nearest recycling centre – the feeling of just clearing out a big pile of junk will be addictive, and you’ll have the incentive you need to keep going. Take one room a day and be ruthless. If you are not sure whether or not to discard something, put it in storage. Keep a cache of strong boxes (clear plastic boxes are best), and pack things away, taking care to label each box correctly. If you find that you are accumulating a lot of boxes, ask a friend or relative if you can store a few boxes in their garage or attic while your home is being viewed by potential buyers.
Alternatively, you can hire a storage space out for a small monthly fee. These storage units can be a Godsend when you are moving home, as they offer you a temporary place to keep any goods in transit while you sort out your new home. Finally, avoid becoming overwhelmed by devoting a few solid days to your de-cluttering project, and taking regular breaks. But don’t get too distracted or think that it is a waste of time. Remember that you are doing this in order to attract buyers, and a successful sale could bump up your house’s price quite considerably. Not only that, but there is something exhilarating about clearing out a home. Out with the old and in with the new – and there is no better time to exercise this philosophy than when you are moving home.
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