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Home Prep Tips for A Successful Sale

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Here are a few tips for how to declutter your home to prep for sale.

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If you’re preparing your house for the market and you’ve found that you have a lot of stuff and aren’t sure what to do with it, we can provide you with a list of places to donate or sell your extra belongings. Today, however, let’s take a virtual walk-through of a home and discuss my tips for how to declutter each space to make it look its best. (See the walk-through in the video above).

  • Entrance foyer and hallways. Your foyer should look welcoming, which can include putting down a nice rug or bench. Decluttering these areas will optimize flow and make the narrow spaces look wider.
  • Kitchen. Be sure to clean off your workspaces, organize drawers and cabinets, remove fridge magnets, clear off the window sills, stage the shelves, organize the pantry, and clean out the oven and fridge.
  • Closets and storage areas. One way to declutter these areas is to minimize the number of coats and accessories you keep in them. Sort through the items in your closets and let go of anything you no longer need, want, or use. Also, consider keeping seasonal clothes in vacuum-packed bags and seasonal shoes in plastic bins in the attic or basement if space is an issue.
  • Home office. Tidy up any paperwork with letter holders and trays, box up anything you don’t need and store it elsewhere, keep desk surfaces as clear as possible, and be sure to organize your drawers, cabinets, and shelves.
  • Playroom. The playroom is a good place to take a minimalist approach, and you can make it look inviting with pops of color; playrooms should be inviting.
  • Basement and/or lower levels. Here, you should organize any bookshelves, take down personal photos, and stage the room to look bright and open. You can keep your furniture, but it might be a good idea to swap out an ottoman for a more functional, attractive coffee table.
  • Exterior space. To show off the aesthetic and utility of your exterior spaces, remove any yard debris, old toys, and rusty swingsets. Hide the trash cans, clean out the shed, trim overgrown landscaping, and add fresh mulch to your flowerbeds in the spring, summer, and fall.

If you’re unsure of what to do in your own home, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to do a virtual home prep walk-through with you.

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