If you’re looking to sell your property, you’ll want to do everything in your power to increase the chances of finding a buyer. One significant way to maximise interest in your home is by ridding it of clutter: all that unsorted paperwork, children’s toys, clothes and shoes you no longer wear, old CDs, DVDs and books; anything that might be a distraction to potential buyers at the viewing stage.
So how can declutting help you sell your home?
1. Potential buyers will picture themselves living there
One thing that can throw people off when looking round a property struggling to visualise themselves living in it. You may have spent years accumulating all manner of knick knacks and possessions that make your house feel like a home, but if the abundance of ‘stuff’ prevents viewers from picturing themselves in the space, this may harm a potential sale. On the other hand, a tidy home with visible floors surfaces will help prospective buyers to see themselves living there.
2. It helps showcase the property’s best features
Decluttering allows your property’s best features to shine through; freeing your viewing space of clutter will help potential buyers to notice elements of your home that might be a tipping point in the buyer’s decision-making process.
At the same time, it stops buyers from wondering if there are any serious issues hiding beneath the clutter, or thinking that the home doesn’t have adequate storage space, which can be high on their list of priorities.
3. It demonstrates the potential of each room
After accumulating more and more belongings over the years, your may find your storage space has started to run out, and that certain rooms in your house have become inadvertent storage rooms, such as that study you no longer use, or a child’s bedroom after they have left home.
Removing the clutter from these rooms allows prospective buyers to see them used for their original purpose, and gets them thinking how they might utilise them if they purchased the property.
Pickfords: helping you declutter
If you’re looking to sell your home but have a problem with clutter, Pickfords can help. As part of our declutter storage service, we arrange for a removal team to visit your home and help you to pack unwanted items before delivering them to one of our storage facilities. Once you have moved to your new home, our team will safely transport your belongings back to you.
If you are looking to remove clutter more permanently, Pickfords also provide a clothes collection service in partnership with Clothes Aid, raising money for the NSPCC by collecting your unwanted clothes and shoes to be recycled.