Did you know that you could potentially get 3-5 % more than your asking price just by decluttering your home? We know purging your stuff and making your house look like a Better Homes & Garden magazine each day sounds exhausting. But when you think about how much more money you could get just for cleaning up, it’s a no-brainer!

Some people are born with the innate ability to spruce up, and others…not so much. If you’re having trouble looking at your possessions with an objective eye, bring in reinforcements. Get a super organized friend, family member, or professional to help you go through everything you own. You may have too much stuff or you may just not be storing what you have in a functional way. A great way to start is just going room to room and putting whatever you hardly use or don’t really like in a box. The goal being: your decorations, furniture, everything should communicate to buyers: “We love living here.”

As much as possible, you want your home to feel welcoming to all the senses, so focus on how your home looks, smells, and feels. Don’t underestimate the selling power of clear countertops, a couple throw pillows, and a batch of fresh cookies. Lastly, when decluttering to sell, store all personal belongings, photos of your family, etc. out of sight. This helps potential buyers imagine themselves living in your home.

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