Is Your Home Market Ready

Is Your Home Market Ready

Q. Is it that important to declutter my home before I put it on the marker for Sale? After all the people know we are going to be moving and need to pack.

Q. What’s the best way to declutter my home before I show it to potential buyers? Can I leave packed boxes in a corner or do I need to move things into storage?

A. Even if your house hasn’t been featured on “Hoarders,” making an effort to clear out clutter and to ensure that your home is as neat and tidy as possible before opening your door to buyers is common advice in real estate circles. And for good reason confirm the Sales Team at Your Address Real Estate.

It’s vital, because most real estate is aspirational, and buyers want to see themselves someplace better for their current needs. They want the feeling that if they move in there, it will be organised, clean and attractive. If they walk into a cluttered, messy space, there’s none of that feeling that life will be more enhanced.

Even if your home is in good condition, if it’s cluttered, people may think it needs a renovation, and that affects the value negatively.

But decluttering isn’t always easy. You’re parting with things that have emotional value, and that’s very difficult for people. The Your Address Team believe the majority of people understand the need to do it. It doesn’t cost much, if anything and yet it can be hard to get clients to do it.

Packing personal belongings into boxes that remain in the home isn’t much of a solution. If we go into a home and see a lot of boxes, even if they’re attractive boxes, we immediately think there’s not enough storage space.

Even if you shove boxes into a cupboard or wardrobe thinking you’ll make the living space look good, you’re detracting from the storage space, which is another valuable asset.

You could move those things into a storage unit. But better yet, take that time to get organised.

Gearing up for a move is a perfect time to really edit yourself down. There are a number of advantages to doing so: You’re going to spend less money for someone to move you, and if you require storage, you’re also going to spend less money on storage. Just don’t expect to do it all in one weekend. Give yourself a few weeks, or even months to complete the task.

It’s all about doing small projects, one at a time, rather than trying to tackle the entire home in one shot, which can be overwhelming.

Some areas where you can get quick results include wardrobes, kitchen pantries and drawers, and collections of CDs and DVDs etc.

The rule of thumb is, be ruthless. If you’re unsure about something, Get rid of it.

Then when you actually move, it can actually be cleansing and even therapeutic as opposed to a highly stressful period.