Decluttering your Home Before an open house is 100% imperative before you can successfully show off your domain to anyone (or even take listing photos). Ensuring that you have a space that people will want to live in: one that’s well organized and filled with ample storage space is key. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the most prominent places to de-clutter as you prepare to sell your home. This step is necessary and you will be surprised how freeing up your personal space makes you feel making it a great exercise for setting up your future new home.
Give Your Front Yard A Face Lift
House hunters love to drive by listings and check out neighborhoods before attending open houses. For that reason, it’s important to keep your front lawn trimmed and manicured including the porch. Making a positive first impression is a must.
Maximize Storage Spaces So They Appear Bigger
Believe it or not, people are going to want to see inside your garage, utility closets, and backyard sheds. Now’s the time to clean up and consider investing in industrial shelving to make sure your storage areas look spacious and well organized. You will be surprised how much you have collected.
Create A Welcoming Entryway
Very much like the front yard, an entryway sets the first impression of your home. Setting up a sleek coat rack or accent table keeping it organized while offering a space for guests to hang up their jackets during open house is a productive touch by creating an entrance that draws potential buyers in. If there is a hall closet in your entryway, organize it and have plenty of space including empty hangers.
Clear the Way in the Hallways
A narrow hallway can make even the loftiest of homes feel cramped. Remove as much visual hallway clutter as possible especially hanging hooks, photographs, and other artwork—especially if the hall is super slender. Plain walls or simple solo artwork can make the space breathe.
Stage the Living Room
Living rooms should be just that, a space that potential buyers envision themselves and their families LIVING. Clearing out stacks of magazines, editing your bookshelves, and even paring down throw pillows and table accessories that make the room feel heavy and smaller than it actually is helps achieve order and spaciousness.
Streamline Your Kitchen
It’s a fact that potential buyers love to scrutinize the kitchen the most. Countertops must stay clean and clear. Appliances should be out of sight. Pantries should be organized, NOT full and clean. Yes, they will open your cupboards, so the same rule of minimization applies. It’s important to clean out your refrigerator, freezer, and under sink area, as well since they offer more sought-after storage space.
Make no mistake about it: when you’re selling your house, potential buyers want to see everything. That means no area of your home (not even your utility closet) is safe from the gaze of a serious house hunter. That’s why it’s crucial to maximize every square inch of your place—backyard shed included—by minimizing your overall clutter while decluttering your home before an open house.