Use These Eight Questions To Effectively Declutter Your Home Pre-sale
When preparing to sell your home there are certain factors that are out of your control including market conditions, location, and price bracket. Something you can control? The look and feel of your home both on the inside and out.
It might seem useless to put time, energy, and money into a home you’re getting ready to leave, but it can really help increase the value of your home.
One of the biggest reasons people decide to look for a new house is for more space… In order to show them just how much space your home has to offer, you must declutter.
Decluttering your home pre-listing is a must. Not only will you give potential buyers a good idea of how much space they’ll have for their things, you’ll also cut down on the amount of stuff you have to move into your new home.
When beginning the decluttering process keep these general questions in mind. To get the most out of your decluttering process, answer these questions honestly and then divvy your stuff up into “keep”, “trash”, “recycle”, “sell”, “give to a friend or family member”, and “donate” piles.
How often do I use this?
Head to your bedroom closet. While filtering through clothing, shoes, and other things, ask yourself: Would I buy this again today? Do I wear this regularly? Do I wear this as much as I thought I would when I bought it? If you truly love an article of clothing, keep it. If you’ve never worn it and you bought it over a year ago…donate it!
Am I emotionally connected to this?
Now don’t go and get rid of all your personal keepsake items (photo albums, toys, crafts, old furniture, etc), but instead go through those cardboard boxes taking up space in your attic or basement and ask: Is there sentimental value associated with this? Am I keeping this just because I feel like I have an obligation to?
Parting with things like these can be tough but it could be time–some even find it emotionally liberating.
Is the only thing that’s keeping me from disposing of this that I don’t want to waste money?
We all know this feeling. In a moment of weakness, we spent more money than we should have on something we really didn’t need in the first place. Now you’re stuck with it.
Put the cost of the item out of your head when deciding its fate. If the cost is really weighing on you, sell it. That way, you’ll make a little something back on it.
Do I have multiples of this?
If you answered yes...well come on then, pick one (or two if you must) and do away with the rest. You know that kitchen shelf you’ve been collecting coffee mugs on for years? Well, it’s time.
The great thing about getting rid of duplicates? The extras are more than likely in good enough shape for someone else to use. Give them away and let them take up space in someone else’s home.
Am I saving this “just in case”?
“Just in case” is not a good enough reason to keep something. If you decide to keep something you should have a realistic future plan in mind to use that thing. When decluttering, try to think in the present rather than the past or future.
Am I holding onto this broken item to fix one day?
How likely are you to actually fix it is the real question here. And will you successfully fix it, or would it be worth your wild to spend a little extra money just to get a new one? Perhaps you’ve already bought a new one, then there really is no reason to hang onto the broken thing now is there?
Could something else I own do the same job as this?
In all likelihood, you’ve answered yes to this question. Often we upgrade to the newer, better model of a product and unintentionally hold onto the old one. This leaves us with two items that serve a similar purpose (but take up twice the space). When you think about how ludicrous it is to have two objects with a similar purpose, choosing to say goodbye to one should be easy.
Is this worth the time I spend cleaning or storing it?
There will probably be fewer items lying around your home once you ask yourself this question. Sometimes the effort it takes to clean and store an item becomes too much, put that burden on someone else–give it away.
Has this blog got you thinking about all the decluttering to be done in your home? Get started in these rooms/areas of your home.
Library. Start one shelf at a time and decide which books you want to hold on to and which books should be passed along to another reader.
Home office. We tend to hang on to every document, tax form, bill, and receipt with the thought that we might one day need it. Hold onto essentials, but shred random and outdated things.
Kitchen. Our kitchens have things we use, and things that take up space. Identify the objects only taking us space and decide from there what to do with them.
Bathroom cabinets. If you don’t regularly sort through your bathroom cabinets it’s possible that expired medicines, empty shampoo bottles, and other miscellaneous items have collected. Give your bathroom some decluttering attention.
With any luck, you’ll love how decluttering feels and power through the entire house! Be sure to take before and after decluttering photos as we can’t wait to see the decluttering damage you’re able to do with these eight questions.
For more ‘must-do’s’ before you sell, check out our blog from last month.
Also, to see what’s currently on the market request a free home evaluation, and connect with a Redbud Group professional on our Home Seller’s Guide.