Decluttering: Can it add value to your home?

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The process of moving house is often long and stressful particularly if you find you aren’t being offered as much as you want for it or, even worse, you aren’t receiving any offers at all.

There are many simple changes you can make to add value to your home and easy things to do that should make it more attractive to a potential buyer. Ultimately you want to create a blank canvas, which will enable the potential buyers to be able to picture themselves living there and make it as easy as possible for them to move in and make it their home.

There are several things you can do that will add significant value to your property such as giving it a lick of paint, particularly if your décor wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste – you might want to look at a more neutral colour. Similarly you can have the carpets cleaned or just apply for planning permission. On top of this you might want to build a conservatory, create a room or look at getting a new kitchen or bathroom – all of which should help you to sell your home and enable you to get a little more for it.

There are also things you can do to make it more attractive such as filling the property with the aroma of freshly baked bread or just-brewed coffee – which can actually add around £849 to the sale price.

But, if you don’t do any of the above, one thing you should definitely do, that will make the home more attractive to the buyer and add value at the same time, is declutter.

If your home is full of clutter buyers may be put off by the mess – clearing this will make it more attractive in the photos so they want to come and look at it in the first place and will give a good first impression when they walk through the door. If they are climbing over things to look around they won’t be able to have a proper look and really get a feel for it. Plus, if you do want to decorate, clearing out these items will make it much easier.

You wouldn’t think this would add value though would you? But it does… in fact it could add £2,500 – which is a huge amount when you consider that all you need to do is have a clear-out and you are helping yourself in the long-run anyway.

Research found that removing bulky items to maximise space can push the value up by 11% and most estate agents say a minimalist approach to décor leads to homes selling for more with 38% saying it increases the price every time. On the other hand, a cluttered property looks smaller and so buyers aren’t likely to offer the full price.

Donate to charity, put the rubbish in the bin – sell some of your unwanted belongings and make yourself some money to put towards your new home and if you don’t want to throw it away, just move it into one of our storage units. Then you can pick it up after you have moved into your new home – which will also take some of the stress out of moving day as you have less belongings to get from the old house to the new one.

Hopefully, once you have done this, your home will sell before you know it and for even more than you were expecting.