There’s a fine line between cluttered and empty when it comes to home staging. Any real estate agent will tell you that the first step to selling your home is to clean and the second is to declutter. Lori Liver’s, a professional home stager with Interiors by Lori, shared with Home Staging of Houston her advice on how to declutter. She stressed the importance of having a home that wasn’t cluttered because clutter gives the buyers little room to picture themselves living there. However, an empty room leaves buyers without a frame of reference, and some items are necessary to set the emotional tone of a place.
What to Remove:
Start by removing any images. It doesn’t matter how they’re displayed or where they are. Pictures are distracting, while buyers may be drawn to your photos, this only distracts them from viewing your home.
2. Anything of Value to You
Things can go missing at home showings, and if a buyer comes with children, your favorite figurine could be broken. To ensure that all of your most prized possessions arrive safely at your new home, pack these items up.
3. Anything You aren’t Taking with You When You move
Donate or throw away anything you won’t be taking with you when you move. If you don’t want these items, there’s some chance buyers don’t want to see them.
4. Two-thirds of Your Bookshelf
To ensure your bookshelves don’t look overcrowded take out two-thirds of the contents. This will make your shelves look spacious without being empty.
5. Half of your closet
Having a closet that still has a little room and is well organized makes a closet look spacious to buyers. When decluttering your closets, take the time to remove all but two items from the top shelf and clear the floor space.
6. Half of the things in the kitchen and bathroom cabinets
Kitchens and Bathrooms are one of the main selling points of any house. To make your kitchen and bathroom look appealing, clear the cabinets out a little. Don’t leave the cabinets empty, or buyers won’t be able to picture how they could use that space if they were to move into your home.
7. Paper, Mail, Take Out Menus
We all have a stack of random papers. Go through this stack and discard anything that you don’t need, everything else you can put in a small bin and leave in the car.
If you have children or grandchildren, you can’t eliminate toys, but you can limit the number. Lori recommends, take a tote or laundry basket and letting the child fill the tote or basket up with their favorite toys. Then you can pack up the rest and before a showing simply have them pack up their items.
Decluttering is essential to selling your house, but there is an art to it. If you take too much away, buyers won’t be able to picture themselves in your home or get a sense of how much space they would gain or lose. Following the steps above will get your home looking its best before a showing.
Stress is one of the largest concerns when selling a home. Staging, managing finances and documents, and simultaneously juggling the rest of your life can be completely draining. However, one thing is certain about selling your home: it’s a lot easier when you have a solid real estate agent to handle it. Remember, No-One Works Harder to Sell your Home more than Joe! Contact Joe today by calling 813-701-2030 or visit https://josephlewkowicz.com/