Selling your home is nerve wrecking. I’ve done it twice in the last five years, and I hope I’m finished with real estate transactions for the foreseeable future. With the real estate market in decline, it is more important than ever to prepare your home before you put it on the market. Decluttering has to be near the top of anyone’s to-do list and it is featured prominently on this list of 25 tips prepared by an Austin realtor.
CLEAN LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER CLEANED BEFORE: This is definitely not the time for dirt, dust and grime. From bottom to top, the house needs to be spotless. From sinks to bathtubs, windows to doorknobs, attic to basement, make it immaculate. If you have to bring in a professional cleaning crew to give your home a serious scrub-down, do it.
LESS IS MORE: It is a good idea to consider removing some furniture in rooms to open up more space. Buyers want to get a good feel for the layout and space within the house. Also clear countertops, shelves and corners of appliances and miscellaneous knick-knacks and clutter, to create an open, clean look.
CLUTTERED CLOSETS AND OTHER STORAGE SPACES: Basements, garages and closets jam-packed with several years worth of old stuff are a big turn-off to buyers. Clean them out and rent storage space if necessary. Again, buyers expect access to the house and all the spaces within.
MINIMIZE CLUTTER IN DRAWERS, PANTRIES, AND CABINETS: The same is true for these spaces. Buyers like to look everywhere!
Take a look at the full list and present your home in the best way possible to buyers. It is very competitive out there and the buyers have the upper hand. If you your home isn’t in a presentable state, then the buyer will most likely look elsewhere.