Declutter and Organize Your Home July 9, 2009

Preparing a home for sale requires more than an everyday cleaning. Most understand that their home must be kept neat and tidy in order to attract potential buyers, but it’s easy be overwhelmed or sidetracked when faced with the removal of clutter. Beyond the dusting and scrubbing, a de-cluttered home shows off its spaciousness and allows potential buyers to imagine themselves living there. People collect an amazing quantity of stuff. If you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it immediately or consider donating it, recycling it or throwing it away. Organize or put away all books, Magazines, Movies & CD’s from bookcases, Pack up those knickknacks & unique collectables. Clear all shoes from entrance & exits. Clean off everything on kitchen & bathroom counters. Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet or cabinet when not in use. Treat this as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway. Store any unnecessary furniture or accessories, open spaces appear larger. Place remaining furniture in each room to highlight obvious focal points that show off the home’s best selling features as well as the clear function of each room. Organize kitchen cabinets, refrigerator & bedroom closets, Think of the message it sends if items fall out, look disorganized or smell! Now imagine what a buyer thinks if they see everything in impeccable order. Consider the following: Neatly stack dishes & turn coffee cup handles facing the same way. Hang pressed clothes together, buttoned and facing the same direction. Line up shoes.

Contact me any time for suggestions on how to efficiently ready your home for sale at 780.487.4847. Be sure to check the blog for further suggestions in the weeks to come.

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