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4 Ways to Declutter
Putting your house on the market is a huge step! Although your real estate agent will take care of the most complicated things, you can help out by keeping your home in perfect showing order.
Knick-knacks are a no-no
If you have collections of knick-knacks on display, such as glass figurines, these should be put away for house showings. People would rather see bare furniture tops than ones cluttered with items. A vase of flowers or a few framed pictures is enough.
Keep it tidy
You always want to be ready for a possible viewing, so keep your trash emptied and the dirty dishes cleared away. While you want the house to appear lived in, you also want to keep the impression positive. Fresh cookies or coffee is a good way to make your home a desirable place. It takes energy, but keeping things tidy will mean you'll never end up with a negative showing. Don't forget to make beds and open windows for fresh air. The little things make a big difference when it comes to selling your home.
Avoid too much furniture
If you have extra furniture cluttering up a room, put it in storage before showing your house. Too much furniture makes a room look smaller than it really is, so just stick with the basics. People viewing your home should see enough space for their things.
How to handle books/dvds/magazines
Do not overcrowd bookshelves with these items. If you have too many, box them up and add them to the other things you're sending to storage. Moving also comes as the perfect time to get rid of things you don't need any more, such as old magazines or books from your children's toddler years.
Keeping your home orderly and clutter-free will give people a positive impression that can help lead to a sale.

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