Clean and clutter-free properties always sell faster than dirty and cluttered ones. Clutter has the effect of making your property look smaller which is the last thing you want when you are trying to make your property look as attractive as possible to potential buyers.
During viewings buyers are assessing your property to ascertain whether it has ample space for themselves and their families to live in and enjoy. If every surface and perhaps even parts of the floor are covered by your belongings then that can be enough to put many viewers off of your home as they are distracted by the sight of them rather than focusing on your home’s positive features.
So if you are thinking about putting your property on the market or have already done so, now is an excellent time to declutter your home. If you need an idea of where to start then take a look at our top five decluttering tips.
Ask for help
Tough jobs are much easier to do if you have help so ask a friend or family member to spend a day with you helping you to declutter and sort your belongings.
The One-Year Rule
If something hasn’t been used for at least a year then you probably do not need it. You then need to decide whether you would like to keep it for sentimental reasons, or if it should go in the bin or be donated to a charity shop.
Keep, Rubbish, Donate
Label three boxes with keep, rubbish, and donate. Then pick up an item and decide which one of the boxes it should go in. Do this with every item in the room but bear in mind as you do it that once the keep box is full you will need to put everything else into either the rubbish or donate boxes.
Throw away things that are broken
If after a week you haven’t fixed something that is broken then you are unlikely to. You also probably don’t need it if you haven’t bothered to fix it.
One thing in, one thing out
This simple rule will prevent you from allowing clutter to build up again after you have decluttered. Every time you bring something new into your home you must get rid of one thing.
If sorting out your clutter seems too overwhelming at the moment renting a storage unit and putting your excess belongings in it until you are ready to sort through them is a better plan than leaving them laying around for a potential buyer to have to step over.
Every time keeping your house clutter free starts to seem hard just remind yourself that space sells, clutter doesn’t.
We are always happy to give you advice on things that you can do to help ensure that you achieve the best price possible for your property in the Dorking area so please feel free to give us a call on 01306 884635 and we will give you our professional and tactful advice!