Sellers: Decluttering Your Way to a Home Sale

Dated: June 20 2022

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If it's time to add your home to the list of Bakersfield homes for sale, it's time to explore a few tips to help you get the highest price for your home and encourage it to sell as quickly as possible. One trick to promote a higher selling price and speedy selling time is to declutter your home. Here are a few guidelines to follow to ensure your decluttering increases your home's appeal with potential buyers. 

  1. Get Rid of as Many Things as You Can
    Before you start making plans to expand your home's storage and organizational systems, begin by purging your home of items that you no longer use or that don't have a place in your life. The fewer items that you own, the easier it will be to pack things away to prepare your home to sell.

    An added benefit is that you'll save money on moving expenses because your movers will have fewer things to pack and transport. You'll also have fewer items to clean, making it easier for you to keep your home tidy for open houses and showings.

  2. Begin the Decluttering Process as Early as Possible
    It takes time to declutter one room; to declutter an entire home, you'll need to devote a chunk of time to the job. Start the decluttering process as soon as you can, and put it on your calendar as a regularly scheduled task. For a little motivation, set goals for yourself. For example, you might state that you want to declutter your bedroom by next Friday.

  3. Rent Storage Space for Seasonal Items
    As you're decluttering, you'll likely encounter items that you want to keep but take up a lot of room in your garage or closet. Holiday decor, gardening equipment, out-of-season clothing, and baby gear that you want to save are a few examples of such items.

    For these items, consider renting storage space to get them out of your home. You can rent a portable storage unit (like the PODS containers), or you might even rent a unit at a storage facility. Your belongings will be safely out of sight when our agents show your home.

    Make sure that whatever option you select is convenient for you to use. You're less likely to move your items if you have to make a long, out-of-the-way trip each time you need to transport something. If you're using a storage facility, check that the hours work for your schedule.

  4. Don't Forget to Pare Down Your Furniture
    When decluttering, it's easy to focus on clothing, knick-knacks, kitchen accessories, and toys. However, you should also check that you don't have too much furniture in your home.

    Rooms with too much furniture will look smaller than they really are. The excessive furniture will crowd the space, making it difficult for buyers to appreciate the room. While you always want to define a room so that a buyer can envision themselves living in your home, don't feel like you need a packed space to do so. 

Ready to put your home up for sale? Contact us today to get started!

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