Tip #4: Declutter and Downsize
Some people like to decorate every available horizontal space in their houses. Others prefer the minimalist look of empty shelves and surfaces. Personal preferences aside, a house filled to the gills with art, tchotchkes, souvenirs, and décor can make a space look small and crowded.
You don’t want your buyers to feel claustrophobic, so it’s time to declutter. That means, in addition to depersonalizing your space, you’ll also want to clear off as much horizontal space as possible. That includes things like coffee tables, end tables, bookcases, shelves, mantles, and counters.
In fact, it’s probably a good time to do something we recommend before every move: downsize. If you’ve lived in your current house for any length of time, you’ve probably accumulated a number of possessions you don’t even want anymore.
- As you start decluttering, consider each item as you remove it from sight. Is it something you want to move to your new home? If not, don’t just blithely put it in a box destined for storage. Instead, put it in a separate box so you can sell or donate it.
- When it comes to the items you want to keep, why not use this chance to start packing for real? Wrap your items carefully in packing paper, put them in sturdy cardboard boxes, and label them. In addition to staging your home for a quick sale, you’ll also give yourself a jump on the moving process.
Not sure where to start or how to prioritize? Living rooms and kitchens are the most popular rooms for staging, according to the NAR survey. If you’re on limited time, start with those two. If you have some more bandwidth, move on to the next popular rooms: master bedrooms and dining rooms.