It’s easy to list your family home on the market but attracting buyers may prove less simple. You’ll need to present your property in its best light but that could be difficult if it’s full of your accumulated clutter. If you and your family have lived there a good while, it’s probably filled up with all sorts of items over the years, whereas potential buyers will be looking for space, cohesion, and simplicity. Some evidence of family life will be welcome, but not too much. With these tips, you can present an attractive balance that will help get your property in top showing condition.
Take a fresh look at the furniture arrangements throughout your house. In particular, survey your living room. This is the heart of your home, where prospective buyers will try to see themselves relaxing with their family and friends. It’s essential to provide a sense of open space and ambience. But these qualities won’t show if the place is cluttered with chairs, sofas, coffee tables and the like. Take a critical view of these and remove anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. Review your other rooms likewise, weeding out redundant furniture to store elsewhere or sell.
Decorations and soft furnishings
A few quality decorations add elegance to a room, but more than a few just look untidy. If you have a beautiful vase on show, remove other knick-knacks from the area to let it stand out. Clear away any items that have become worn and shine up your chosen few for maximum impact. Similarly, excessive supplies of soft furnishings, such as cushions, drapes and mats, will look messy if they are faded and used. Instead, one gorgeous rug and a few choice cushions will make a stunning effect.
You probably have a variety of smartphones, tablets and other hi-tech gadgets and equipment around the house, which look unsightly when strewn over tables and shelves. Tidy them into drawers or cupboards when buyers are due to visit your home – you can bring them all out again afterwards.
Many domestic appliances and gadgets come with wires and plugs, which are unpleasant to look at when left to sprawl in full view. A cluster of phone chargers and their wires can spoil the look of a shelf or mantelpiece, detracting from the atmosphere of a room. Check the walls and surfaces around your home for other untidy wires and plugs, such as those for televisions, computers, lamps, fans and hairdryers, tucking them away as necessary.
Papers easily pile up, soon becoming crumpled and dog-eared. If you have any old letters, documents, or newspapers lying about, slip them out of sight when you have showings scheduled for your property. Even better, file those you need and throw out the rest.
If you have children, you’ll naturally have lots of toys around your home. A few smart, new-looking play items are endearing to look at, but piles of them, spilling out of every corner, just look messy. Select the brightest and newest toys to put out for showings. Keep all of your other children’s toys in their bedrooms, neatly stored on shelves or hidden away in drawers.
Potential buyers won’t be impressed by rotten, old junk! If you have a pile of broken equipment, obsolete materials, or other detritus, now is the time to get rid of it all. When the deed is done, take a stroll through your house as if you were looking at your home for the first time. If your impressed by the proportions and style of your rooms, you have done a great job at decluttering.
Your clutter-free presentation will put your property head-and-shoulders above similar ones on the market that haven’t benefited from such treatment. House-hunters will be impressed, and while you await the ideal offer, you and your family can enjoy your new-look home yourselves!