Decluttering your home for selling?

Knowing when to stop is the key

When styling your home for sale, decluttering is one of the easiest things you can do to improve the look, feel and flow of the property. Decluttering can be achieved for little or no cost and will immediately improve the property’s appeal to buyers. Knowing when to stop, however, sometimes gets lost in the process. Removing too much from the home will result in a property that lacks personality and life.

The aim is to market a home that feels spacious and welcoming, not empty and clinical. Here’s some tips to help you find the balance:

The ‘no brainer’ items

These items can be boxed up and safely removed to off-site storage.

  • Christmas Decorations
  • Camping gear
  • Out of season clothes
  • Family photos, albums
  • Out of season sports gear
  • Non-essential baking ware
  • Old DVD’s and CD’s

The ‘consider carefully’ items

These items should enhance the space and are used to highlight the home’s features. If you are unsure about what to keep and what to remove, you may like to get some advice from a professional Home Stager.

  • Books, accessories and pot plants (*see note below)
  • Excess linens and towels
  • Excess freestanding furniture – e.g. shelving units, tables, seating

*A special note about books and Accessories

An overcrowded book shelf is the most common thing I see during consultations. Overcrowded shelves and cupboards give buyers the impression that there is not enough storage space. Select display items carefully to create the impression of space while keeping a lived in, homely feel.

  • Books – Keep some picture books for the coffee table and any built in shelving. Consider the colour scheme of the room and if possible, coordinate the colour of the books with artwork, cushions and other accessories.
  • Accessories – While ‘less is more’ is the general mantra for selling, some decorator items are essential. Groups of 3 work well and larger items usually show better in photographs.
  • Pot Plants – Plants give a fresh, cooling feel to the al fresco area but too many pots look untidy and reduce the useable space.