After years of living in the same home, clutter collects in such a way that may not be evident to the homeowner. However, it does affect the way buyers see the home. Clutter collects on shelves, counter tops, in drawers, closets, garages, attics, and basements.
The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter, because it is an easy place to start. First, get everything off the counters, even the toaster. Put the toaster in a cabinet and take it out when you use it. Find a place where you can store everything in cabinets and drawers. Clean the cabinets out including the dishes, pots and pans that rarely get used. Put them in a box, and put that box in storage, too.
Homebuyers will open all your cabinets and drawers, especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their “stuff.” If your kitchen cabinets, pantries, and drawers look full, it sends a negative message to the buyer and does not promote an image of plentiful storage space. The best way to do that is to have as much “empty space” as possible. Do this with every cabinet and drawer. Create open space.
Closets are great for accumulating clutter, though you may not think of it as clutter like extra clothes and shoes, things you rarely wear but cannot bear to be without. Do without these items for a couple of months by putting them in storage, because these items can make your closets look “crammed full.”
Many people have too much furniture in certain rooms to give the illusion of space that a homebuyer would like to see. You may want to tour some builders’ models to see how they place furniture in the model homes. Observe how they place furniture in the models so you get some ideas on what to remove and what to leave in your house.
Basements, garages, attics, and sheds accumulate not only clutter, but junk. These areas should be as empty as possible so that buyers can imagine what they would do with the space. Remove anything that is not essential and take it to the storage area.
Take a step back and pretend you are a buyer. Let your agent that specializes in Castro Valley, California help you determine what needs to be removed. For more ideas on selling your home for the best possible price go to: http://www.helpusellachievers.com or contact Meena at 510-279-9580.