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What Does Your Home Look Like?

Through the years we accumulated things that we become emotionally attached to, or find hard to dispose of. These things become a part of our lives. It accumulates in our garages, attics, drawers, counter-tops, closets and basements. It’s not clutter to us but, what do these things look like to others when they come to view your home that’s now for sale? That’s a good question. It can affect the way buyers view your home. It could look like clutter to them, causing them to wonder if they would have enough room in your house for their things. Take a few steps back and view your home as a potential buyer may view it. You could even ask a friend to help by giving their opinion, as long as you can accept their views without getting offended. Your Realtor would have some good advice also, be sure to ask for there help. OK, well lets start looking around.

1.) Kitchen ClutterKitchen Clutter

The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is an easy place to start. First, get everything off the counters. Everything. Even the toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Of course, you may notice that you do not have cabinet space to put everything. Clean them out. The dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used? Put them in a box and put that box in storage, too.

You see, homebuyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their “stuff.” If your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and drawers look jammed full, it sends a negative message to the buyer and does not promote an image of plentiful storage space. The best way to do that is to have as much “empty space” as possible.

For that reason, if you have a “junk drawer,” get rid of the junk. If you have a rarely used crock pot, put it in storage. Do this with every cabinet and drawer. Create open space.

If you have a large amount of foodstuffs crammed into the shelves or pantry, begin using them – especially canned goods. Canned goods are heavy and you don’t want to be lugging them to a new house, anyway – or paying a mover to do so. Let what you have on the shelves determine your menus and use up as much as you can.

Beneath the sink is very critical, too. Make sure the area beneath the sink is as empty as possible, removing all extra cleaning supplies. You should scrub the area down as well, and determine if there are any tell-tale signs of water leaks that may cause a home buyer to hesitate in buying your home.

2.) Closet Clutter

Cluttered ClosetClosets are great for accumulating clutter, though you may not think of it as clutter. We are talking about extra clothes, shoes and shoe-boxes full of “stuff” or other accumulated personal items – things you rarely wear or use but cannot bear to be without.  Do without these items for a couple of months by putting them in a box and storing them somewhere else for a few months, because these items can make your closets look “crammed full.”

3.) Furniture Clutter

Cluttered Living RoomMany people have too much furniture in certain rooms – not too much for your own personal living needs – but too much to give the illusion of space that a homebuyer would like to see. You may want to tour some builders’ models to see how they place furniture in the model homes. Observe how they place furniture in the models so you get some ideas on what to remove and what to leave in your house. Or just ask your realtor for some suggestions, their experience with what home buyers are looking for is invaluable.

What’s on your furniture is just as important as how much furniture you have in a room. Magazines, letters, post cards and even TV guides should be put in drawers or a small basket next to the chair. Keep all areas free of clutter.

4.) Storage Area Clutter

Storage ClutterBasements, garages, attics, and sheds accumulate not only clutter, but junk. These areas should be as empty as possible so that buyers can imagine what they would do with the space. Remove anything that is not essential and take it to the storage area. Maybe some new shelves are needed to store things up off the floor or hang some items on the wall. Or have a garage sale. You want your storage areas to look like they have plenty of room.  Keep these areas clean as well, it gives the home buyer a better experience and better feeling about your home.

 

Less clutter gives your home a better appearance and a better chance to sell at your asking price in a timely manner. Look for yourself as a buyer, the pictures below give you a better feeling than the ones above. Don’t they? They also look better on the internet, the avenue most buyers go to first to look for homes they may be interested in.

 

Unclutterd Areas

It may take a little time and some effort but the rewards will be worth it.