If you are selling your home soon, a spacious, bright, and clutter-free home can help you sell faster, attract more buyers, and can land you the best offer out there. Half the time, buyers are on the look for a great space or that extra space that they don’t currently have. Here are clutter monsters that you probably have in your house that you can easily get rid of right now.
1. Broken appliances and other broken household items
A lot of us tend to collect broken and non functioning household items in the hope that it can be used again somehow. Broken vacuum cleaners, televisions, bikes, speaker system, broken bookshelves, computer monitors, kitchen gadgets, old remote controls, and even broken umbrellas. There is no use to keeping it, time to ditch it.
Flyers, expired coupons, savings pass, old newspapers, stacks of magazines you haven’t touched in months, old instruction manuals, Holiday cards, wedding invitations that you didn’t went to, old receipts you don’t need, old calendars. Get rid of them if you no longer need it.
3. School Projects
Kid’s art projects can easily overwhelm any room. Try not to keep or display them all, pick your favourites and file them nicely. Keep it in file for now until you move to your new home!
4. Overgrown plants or dead plants
No plants is better than dead plants. Having plants in every nook and corner of the house can dramatically shrink your space. Try to remove all of it and you will be surprised on how big and bright the room is going to feel and look like.
5. Kennels, Litter boxes, and Pet Beds
When selling, crates, kennels, pet beds, pet gates, and other pet items can easily overwhelm a space. Your pets can sabotage a potential offer. It is best to remove all pet items and relocate your pets for now.
6. Your collection of used grocery bags under your sink
You are moving out and selling the house, time to toss it.
7. Random cords you’ve been holding onto for years
If you haven’t used it by now or if you’re not sure what to use it for, it is best to toss it. Otherwise using a container to keep all this cords tamed and organized is best.
8. Anything Outgrown
Getting rid of all clothes that you or your kids have outgrown can make a big difference! If your household includes children (or any adults who may be changing size) this is the perfect time to purge. Winter gears, other clothes that hasn’t been worn for years, old shoes, or other clothes that has been outgrown are perfect for donation.
9. Children’s Toys
The presence of toys probably won’t turn off buyers without children, but a disorganized house over run by clutter will. Keeping things tidy and removing excess toys can result to a cleaner, more organized space that can prevent chaos when showcasing a children’s rooms. Keeping it under control while you house is on the market is important, use one area of the house as a play area.
10. Exercise machines and other exercise equipments
Treadmill inside the bedroom, or in the family room can be an eyesore during house showings. More than an eyesore, exercise equipments are huge and can easily ruin the “feel” of the room.
11. Empty Bottles and Food Storage Containers without lids
Wine bottles, beer bottles, near-empty booze bottles containing one last shot, empty jars and food containers in your cupboard that you will never use. Why keep them?
12. Items Just Rolling Around Loose
Pens with no ink, rubber bands, ketchup and mustard packets, extra packet of buttons that came with the shirt that you’ve since donated, hobby supplies for hobbies you’ve given up, old batteries, VHS tapes, cassettes and DVDs you will never use, take-out knives, forks and spoons, old make up, expired beauty products and loose screws.
There’s nothing wrong with keeping house hold items like children’s keepsakes, old sweaters, or all your holiday decor but showing a spacious and clutter free is important if you want to sell fast and attract more buyers. Here’s my tip, if it is something that is of value to you, or something that you will be using again in the future, just start boxing them and put it in storage for now. You can enjoy this things again once you move to your new home!
is a Canadian Certified Staging Professional. His professional affiliations include the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and the CSP. He is the recipient of numerous home staging awards and was picked as RESA’s Top Professional Stager of Canada for 2016. He has worked with hundreds of Real Estate Brokers, Investors, Real Estate Agents, and has helped home owners showcase their homes at its best when it is time to sell.
As President and Principal Stager of REDESIGN4MORE, Red provides home staging and interior redecorating services for both small and large-scale residential projects throughout Toronto and the GTA. Click here to learn more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.