Staging Your Home: De-Clutter, De-Clutter, De-Clutter
Posted April 11th, 2017 by Clarissa Gregg

It seems like a simple concept but this may be the hardest step of staging your home. Why it is so difficult for people to get rid of the things they no longer use?

Many of these belongings have some degree of an emotional value. Many people believe getting rid of useless family heirlooms means losing the past. Another concern is that no matter how unlikely, we might want to use that particular item one day. Whatever the reason may be, it is important to remember that a cluttered home will inhibit potential buyers from imagining themselves in your space.

Declutter strategically and systematically, starting with those areas that will interest most buyers when they inspect your home, and the areas they’ll do most of their living in. A cluttered living room is harder to explain away than a cluttered garage, for example.
De-cluttering doesn’t just mean removing the stacks of mail or magazines that have accumulated. It means clearing it all out and starting from scratch. Moving is time consuming and it often seems easier to cart a box of useless items to your new house than it would be to sit down and take the time to sort it out. Ask yourself: Will it fit into your next space? Will you have space for your collection or keepsakes?
A strategy many suggest is to sort your things into three categories: Items moving with you, items to donate, and items to toss. Many charities can benefit from goods and clothing you no longer need. Have a garage sale for items you’ve culled that are in great shape and still worth something. You could convert all these items into a bit of extra money to buy something you need in your new home because you sold so much!
The ultimate goal is to stage your home to help buyers see themselves living in your house. This will increase the house’s appeal and possibly sell at a faster rate. If you would like additional information on staging your house, your Moving Station Personal Relocation Manager is only a call away.

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