A clean, organized home does more to sell your home compared to any other low-cost selling strategy. This is according to a 2011 survey conducted here at HomeGain, which questioned over 600 real estate agents across the U.S. and found 99 percent of them recommend thoroughly cleaning and decluttering the home before putting it up for sale. It also showed a return on investment (ROI) of 586-percent simply by cleaning and decluttering.
These survey results make sense. Would you buy a home that was cluttered and messy? The answer is probably a defiant “No!” First impressions are critical when selling a home, so it’s extremely important to make your home look its best during an open house or showing.
The first step is to declutter the home. In most cases, the more stuff you get rid of, the better. A minimalist approach will appeal to the highest percentage of potential buyers.
So, start by clearing out obvious trash, junk and boxes filled with stored items. Either temporarily store these items in a storage unit or family member’s home, or trash the items if it’s something you never use or need.