Should I declutter my home to sell?
Come on, admit it. We’ve all surfed property portals and cringed when we’ve seen agent’s pictures and there’s washing up on the draining board, or messy clothes on the floor and what’s the first thing we’ve all said?
“Couldn’t they have tidied up before having the photos taken”?
It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day life, that sometimes we forget what’s important.
Your home is your biggest tax free asset, so make that investment work hard for you!
When presenting your home to market, your agent should be advising how to maximise the return on that investment, it’s worth spending time preparing your home to sell. Some agents will just want you to get your property on the market as quickly as possible because they have targets to reach. Others will have an “it’ll be ok” or an “it’ll do” attitude.
This could be very costly.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
First impressions count. You wouldn’t go to a job interview unshaven, with a creased shirt or blouse and unpolished shoes. Why? Simply put, you would not be presenting the very best version of you.
Think of your property going on the market as it’s very own job interview, your potential purchasers being your interviewer.
I have worked with some clients for months, advising and preparing their home for market, others have been ready in a matter of days! Whatever your circumstances one thing is sure. People will judge your home (and whether they wish to give up their time to view it), based on what they see.
Make that first impression count.
Here are a few tips:
Photography – a blue sky photograph with the sun on the front of the property and cars off the driveway is best. If the weather is not great (and we can’t control the weather), has your agent been back to retake photos?
Kerb appeal – have you tidied the front lawn, pruned the hanging baskets, painted the fence and weeded the driveway?
Pet paraphernalia – not everyone likes animals. Tidy away any signs of pets for photography and viewings. Use scented candles, burners or plug-ins to disguise any smells.
Children’s toys – tidy them away, sort through them. Could some of the lesser used ones be stored or even sold if they are no longer used?
Declutter – buyers need to visualise themselves in your home, put bulky furniture and personal effects into storage. It will help!