As the new year rings in, now is a great time to purge, especially if you plan on selling a home this year. A budget-friendly way to prepare a home for sale is to organize it, a difficult task for some homeowners — but, it can be rewarding once the project is complete.
Every home has clutter, a collection of things lying around in an untidy pile, but it’s important to get a handle on your mess to not only gain more square footage, but to show off the home’s positive features. Not to mention be organized helps buyers visualize living in your home.
Clutter comes in all different forms and it lingers in most homes, so what are the top five items to keep organized while on the market? Get ready to roll up those sleeves and get to work:
This is a constant cycle that can get overwhelming if neglected. Paper enters your home daily by mail, newspapers or magazines, school papers, maybe even office work. Create a system to contain each item. For instance, deal with the mail as soon as you bring it in. Throw out junk mail and have a bin for current bills and filing system for other important information.
If you have kids, you have toys and lots of them! When selling your home have a designated area for the toys and only keep the ones out that they play with the others pack up or get rid of. Have a designated area that’s out in the open get creative with storage solutions and use decorative baskets, boxes or even a trunk.
These items are used daily so can easily get misplaced from their home the closet. Get in the habit of taking coats off and hanging them in the closet, rather throw on a chair back or floor. Corral shoes, have a system in place for dirty clothes and put clean clothes away immediately to avoid having a pile of clothes. It takes just a few seconds to handle these objects, but many times it’s an afterthought that can easily get out of control.
In most cases what you collect in your home may not be something your potential buyer will love. So, why not remove your collections and collectibles to gain more space. I promise as soon as you pack these items up the room will look completely different.
It’s also important to organize your time when selling your home. You will need time to prepare and maintain the space before showing, you’ll also need to be organized throughout the transaction so you have time for open houses, showings and have a system in place to reduce the stress of being on the market. So, put it on your calendar now.