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Having an open house when your home is on the market is a tried and true way to spark interest in your property. It serves not only to allow potential buyers to take a quick look, but also gives you a chance to enjoy some feedback from visitors, including buyers and real estate agents. Fortunately, staging your home to appeal to the masses does not have to be expensive, and you can do it no matter how much clutter your home has accumulated. Even better -- a clean house looks so much better in photos.


Get to know your clutter personality.


People may not believe you when you tell them that there is a method to your madness. But, you know why you have so much stuff. Getting to know your clutter personality can help you make an impact on your home’s organization. You might believe that every little object will come in handy someday or have grand plans to organize, just maybe not right now. Once you know why you keep things, it will be that much easier to let go.


Look at other listings.


All is fair in love, war, and the real estate market. Don’t be ashamed to do your own research by visiting open houses in the area. Search for similar listings around Carlsbad to see what homes are in your general price range and which have open houses in the weeks and months before yours goes live. Visit three or four properties to see how different sellers depersonalize, declutter, and stage their homes. Stay as local as possible to avoid spending too much on gas or taxi fares.


Get rid of one thing every day.


Aesop knew it best, and that is that slow and steady always wins. Don’t try and tackle your clutter in a single day. Instead, find one thing you don’t need and say sayonara before the clock strikes midnight. If you have kids, something you may have too many of is books. Chronicle Books lists several charities, including Kids Need to Read, as great places to donate books. You can also contact your local library or school system.


Get good at hiding things.


You can’t get rid of everything, so that means that you will need to hide the belongings you wish to keep. Consider investing in an affordable, cute toy box for the kids’ rooms and under-bed storage for everywhere else. Pay close attention to the kitchen, since that is one room your buyers won’t ignore. Masterbrand Cabinets offers advice on how to install a Lazy Susan, which is an inexpensive and functional addition to even a small cabinet space.


Make your home someone else's.


If you have lived in your home for any amount of time, it is likely tailored specifically to you and your family. Everything from the furniture to the wall decor and paint colors appeal to your lifestyle and personal tastes. However, when you want to get the most money out of your investment, you have to look at it as an asset – a property that does not belong to you but that you are making ready for its next family. Remove family photos, trophies, and other personal touches. Then get essential, inexpensive cleaning supplies and clean everything from floor to ceiling. You will also need to thin out the closet to showcase available storage space. The ultimate goal is to make the proverbial canvas be clean enough that buyers can imagine their stuff in your home, while leaving enough brushstrokes so that the image isn’t completely blank.


Remember, a clean and organized home almost certainly means a faster closing and a broader pool of interested buyers. You don’t have to invest in a cleaning service or pay for storage fees, but you will need to downsize your lifestyle. If nothing else, consider this: The less stuff you have, the less it will cost to move when the day comes.


Article provided by Contributing Author:

Alice Robertson

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