If there is one action I would recommend for preparing a home for sale, it’s to declutter.

And yes, I know it is hard to do, especially at such a stressful time, but it’s well worth the effort.

A decluttered house, a house with less, will feel open and light. How your house feels to a potential buyer is the key to attracting their interest in your property. And it is likely to lead to a better sales outcome.

Decide what to keep and what to let go. It’s an opportunity to start packing, so box-up trinkets and personal items. Moving to your next home with less will also be beneficial. Less boxes to move saves on removal costs too.

Did you know storage sells homes? Doors will be opened! Don’t forget to declutter cupboards, wardrobes, storage and the garage. I suggest cupboards, wardrobes and storage should only be 60-70% full. Spacious and organised storage sends an indirect message “I can be organised here”. There will also be room for you to store a basket of “last minute tidy” items in preparation for inspection.

How do you declutter? Here are 4 easy steps.

  1. Supportive help. Enlist the help of friends and family. An extra pair of hands can make all the difference for motivation and completing the job.
  2. Category one. Those items moving with you. Box them if they are not needed for display.
  3. Category two. Items you are happy to donate. Local Op-shops always appreciate good quality household goods and clothing. Or you may decide to hold a garage sale or support a local car boot sale. This is a fun way to turn your unwanted items into cash.
  4. Category three. This leaves items for the bin. Your council bin is fine for smaller quantities. For larger disposal consider a skip or 1800 Got Junk.

Start your decluttering process as soon as possible. If you need help, why not contact a Professional Organiser.

When you are decluttered and the house sold, it will be so much easier to pack for your next adventure.

All the best for selling!