Moving tips: Declutter your home to sell it faster and at a higher price

Moving tips: Declutter your home to sell it faster and at a higher price

If your upcoming move involves the sale of your current home, selling it quickly can go a long way in ensuring a smooth move experience. Once a sale agreement is in place, you can put all your focus on moving into your new home, and if you can sell it at the highest possible price, these additional funds can be used for moving expenses or to treat you and your family to a special vacation.
One of the best ways to increase your chances of a quick sale at a higher price is to stage your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, on average, a staged home vs. a non-staged home will sell for up to 10% more and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less.*

Decluttering key areas and rooms of your house is one of the best ways to successfully stage it for showings. Here’s some easy and inexpensive tips to get your started. 

Set the stage

When you stage your home, you help potential buyers visualize what it would be like if they were to live there. Consider focusing your decluttering efforts on some of the most common rooms to stage, such as the kitchen, living room, dining room and master bedroom. Rearrange furniture and swap out bulky furniture so the room appears larger.

Focus on your fridge

The kitchen is a major selling point in any home, and your refrigerator often is the star of the show due to its large size. It's an easy spot to hang your photos of your most memorable vacations, artwork, magnets and other personal favorites. However, when you're trying to sell your home, your refrigerator can easily appear messy. That's why it's important to keep its surface clean from clutter while depersonalizing the space. Focus on decluttering the fridge by:

  • Keeping artwork to a minimum of one or two displayed pieces

  • Take photos of the rest, and store them away

  • Remove magnets, awards and other personal effects to streamline your refrigerator's look

​Make the bathroom beautiful

When you're selling a home, a clean, clutter-free bathroom is a must. Tidy the bathroom, and declutter this space by removing personal items from the countertops and shower, including makeup brushes, toothbrushes and shampoo bottles. Use an air freshener for a sweet aroma, and don't forget to close the toilet lid. Also, make sure to have a roll of toilet paper and box of tissues available should prospective buyers need to use the facilities.

Call in the professionals

When you're short on time, take advantage of a professional organizer or moving company with a niche program to help you organize your move. When you use these decluttering services, you can get help with packing and storing any unnecessary furniture and items before you show the home. You also don't have to worry about storing furniture or other household items while you stage the home, since they handle that for you.

For example, Suddath® offers a unique Declutter & Store program that helps you declutter your space for showings – making your home appear cleaner, bigger and more open. The program also includes a professional mover, who load and securely store your items into storage vaults.

There's no unsightly storage container left in your driveway to take away from the curb appeal, either. Instead, the moving company secures the storage container so that you don't have to be responsible for it. This offers a turnkey solution so you can speed up the decluttering process and make a great first impression for a faster and more lucrative sale.

Final thoughts

Selling your home is all about strategy if you want to do it quickly and for more money. To achieve this, make smart decisions to declutter your home, including staging popular rooms in the home, such as the living room and master bedroom, and leveraging professional help to move, including using a storage container with a reputable moving company. When you apply these tips, you can be on your way to selling your home and moving into your new home on-time and with a little more cash in your pocket.