How to Declutter When Selling Your House | Clutter Video Tip





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Published on Feb 13, 2013

http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. If all the world is a stage, is your home red carpet ready? Nothing brings on opening night jitters like selling your house. Cleaning your home as well as careful home staging will help you get a standing ovation, and maybe even some purchasing offers. In today's video Lorie Marrero shares how to declutter when selling your home. You don't want your home to be remembered as a comedy (or worse yet a tragedy), use these tips from home stagers and clean up your act. These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for #ClutterVideoTip also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.


Hi. I'm Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book & on-line program; today we're going to talk about preparing your home for sale, otherwise known as staging your home. I'm thinking about this in particular because I'm doing it. We are downsizing into a home that's about 1/3 the size that we currently live in. But I first have to sell this house. We're doing that by removing things that are distracting to potential buyers. That is your whole goal of staging a home, removing those distractions so that buyers can picture themselves living there, not you. What that means is anything that's broken, dirty, or reminds them there's still another family living here, needs to be removed, fixed, or cleaned.

Let's talk about the curb appeal. This is right when you drive up, what does the house look like from the outside? It's very important to make sure that all of the landscaping is updated, freshened with flowers & mulch. If there is a certain time when your house is perfect, when the lawn is green, whether that's springtime or whatever time of year in your area, when your house is the best looking, take a picture right then. You never know if you're going to get stuck selling your house in the winter, you might really need to have that picture for the listing.

Don't forget the front porch when you're thinking about curb appeal & first impressions. Make sure you have a clean doormat & a clean door. You might want to get a fresh brass kick plate & kind of make that first impression even brighter.

The next thing you want to worry about is just cleanliness in general. People are going to be looking in particular at the kitchen & at the bathrooms. Those need to be spotless. I mean, things that you've never cleaned, like your oven, your switch plates, your light fixtures, getting the bugs out of them, cleaning the walls, washing them down, washing down the doors & all the trim, & making sure that when all the lights are on, which you should do when you show the house, turn every single light bulb on in the house, those light bulbs are going to show up all the dirt that you have.

Think about depersonalizing your house. Remove any kind of mementos or trophies, & certainly pictures.

A lot of buyers are put-off actually by any hint of having a pet in the house. Even though you love your pet, other people may not. Put away any dog bowls, dog toys, cat toys, anything that's even evidence of the pet, as much as possible, & then certainly when the house is being shown, have a pet plan that you put into place so that the actual pet doesn't distract from the looking & the showing experience.

& then finally decluttering, which is my favorite subject. Anything smaller than a baseball should be put away & taken down & stored so that only large decorative pieces are on the shelves. Then it looks like a model home & again you're removing distractions, you're removing clutter.

If you want to have a 13-page checklist with all of this information & way more on how to prepare your home for sale, in our Member Area at http://www.clutterdiet.com in our knowledge base, we give our members this 13-page checklist. & it is a teaser for the book that I wrote, which is the Improve Your Move Workbook, a 97-page workbook that has that checklist plus all of the six-week timelines for moving, guidelines & instructions for packing & organizing, & for setting up in your new house, guidelines on house hunting, all kinds of information gained from my 11 moves personally, plus all the moves I've made with my clients over the years & all of the real estate professionals I've worked with over the years. From a professional organizer's point of view, I think this is one of the best resources you could ever have getting ready to sell & buy & move. Check it out at http://www.clutterdiet.com/movingbook.


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