How to De-clutter Your Home

Do you have fliers, sticky notes, and magnets stuck all over your refrigerator? Do you have shelves that are packed with “stuff”? Look around. Would you say your home is “high clutter” or “low clutter”?

Your home needs to be immaculate before someone will fall in love with it and decide to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy it.

If you have built-in shelves in a room of the house, just put a few things on each shelf, almost creating an art display. Rooms should have only essential items in them or items that beautify or enhance their appearance, so remove excess furniture. What you are trying to do is turn your home into a showroom.

In our busy lives, it’s sometimes hard to find the time for a major cleaning project. However, there are things you can do to speed up the de-cluttering process.

First, throw away stuff that you don’t need.

Next, get some boxes. Store away things that you want to keep but that don’t need to be lying out when your home is on the market.

Where can you store the boxes and excess furniture? If you have an attic or an unfinished or out-of-the-way part of your basement, you can turn it into a storage area. If you don’t have a convenient place in the house, consider renting storage. It’s relatively inexpensive and you can move stuff back when you move to your new home.

The goal: make your home look so wonderful that someone will fall in love with it.

If you would like some more ideas on making your home ready for sale, contact Gregg Sutter Realty. 

Pet Odors – Lose Them or Lose the Sale

The reason pet odors can put the kibosh on a sale is that most people will turn away, that may have otherwise liked your home. The fear is they will not be able to get rid of the pet smells once they become the owners of your home. If you are a pet owner, this is something you should be thinking about.

While something may smell offensive initially, eventually your nose will become less sensitive to the odor. People are fortunate, in that way, we have an adaptable sense of smell. Unfortunately, this adaptability can cause problems when selling your home. Pets are our companions and our friends, but they also bring along smells that home buyers are not going to find appealing.

Some tips to remove pet odors (and other odors, too!)

  • Promote ventilation
  • Wash all fabrics that can be machine washed
  • Scrub your floors with disinfectant
  • Get your carpets professionally cleaned
  • Use an ozone machine
  • Replace or remove what can’t be cleaned

If you want to sell your home for a good price, you are going to have to address the pet odors, whether you notice them or not. If you are a pet owner ask your agent to give you an honest assessment of the smell in your house. If he or she says it needs to be addressed, then, it needs to be addressed. A great agent will always be honest with a seller.