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    De-clutter your home ready to sell








    This months guest blogger is Alison Armitage – I have asked Alison to give you some tips if you are looking at moving now spring has arrived. Alison has a wealth of experience in her field and I am very excitied to have her knowlege and wisdom to share with you all – enjoy:

    Armitage Home Decluttered is the UK’S premier home de-cluttering expert. Alison’s based in the South West, and has been helping people just like you to de-clutter your homes, offices and lives since 2006, especially when it comes to de-cluttering to sell.


    Are you selling your house? If you are, you might be a little bit worried about the market; worried that it might be sitting around on the market for a long time; or simply not sell at all.

    Staging your house for sale, might sound like something they do on the telly and probably not something that you’ve considered,  however it really can make all the difference – in time and money!

    These can be difficult times to sell your home, but here are some of my top tips on how to give your home the edge when it comes to selling fast.

    • Disassociate yourself – you are dressing your house for prospective buyers; not yourself. So many people find it hard to mentally let go and look at their home objectively. Look to the future and be tough!
    • Depersonalise – it might be difficult to put away those family pictures and holiday nick-knacks, but be ruthless. You want people to imagine themselves living there, not get caught up in your experiences.
    • De-clutter– this is the biggie! It’s amazing the amount of ‘stuff’ we collect around us as we go through life.
      • If you don’t need it, give it to someone who does – your local charity shop will thank you for good quality donations (note: good quality), you’ll feel all warm inside and your home will be more streamlined and saleable!
      • Clear work surfaces, empty book cases and pack up your bits and bobs. Think of it as making a great head start on the packing if you find it difficult.
      • Buyers love to look in cupboards – well, we all do it, don’t we?! So, rearrange them, clean them and tidy them!
      • Furniture is important – you need people to know what every room is used for, so you need some furniture, but when it comes to showing a room off to its best advantage, less is definitely more. So remove unnecessary or overly large items and put them into storage or somewhere else in the house where there is room. Remember space is at a premium in every home, so the more space there appears to be, the better!
      • Take care of all those little jobs ‘you’ve been meaning to get round to’ for ages. Replace cracked tiles, repair holes in walls, fix leaky and dripping taps, and fix badly fitting doors and kitchen cabinets. You may have lived with these little things for a while, but a prospective buyer will see them immediately and all of a sudden your house could become “the shabby one that needs a bit of work”.  Very few people go looking “for work”!
      • Replace worn duvet covers and light bulbs – especially if people might be viewing your home late in the afternoon/winter. A dark house is not a big turn-on!
      • Decorate – you may love purple, but prospective buyers might not be able to see past the Cadbury purple walls in the bathroom! Don’t give people an excuse to put your house in the same category with the one that needs the work – you know “the one with the purple bathroom”!
      • Make your house sparkle! Buyers are a judgemental lot and will remember a less than pristine house. Despite the estate agents’ mantra “I don’t value dust”, you can bet your buyers are looking at the dust and placing a value on your house! So,
        • Clean the windows inside and out – light is essential so get as much in as you can.
        • Get rid of the out of reach cobwebs.
        • Polish all chrome, shiny surfaces and mirrors – their reflective properties enhance light and space, so get that polish out!
        • Dust everything.
        • Bleach dingy grout and hang fresh bright towels in the bathroom.
        • Smells are so important – we all know the positive properties of good smells. So the opposite applies too – bad odours are a huge no, no. If you have pets make sure they are seen and not smelt! Empty the bins and circulate some air. Light some candles, brew some coffee or activate your plug ins!
        • Don’t forget the outside. Curb appeal can make or break a sale. If your house isn’t welcoming from the outside, you’ll never get the buyers inside and even if you do, they’ll already have formed an unfavourable opinion of your home.
          • Stand outside and review your home from the front – objectively. Do you want to go in?
          • Mow the lawn if you have one and tidy the front of the house. A real insiders’ tip is to plant yellow flowers in borders or pots – yellow evokes buying emotions (think of all the special offer signs with yellow in!) – marigolds and daffodils (seasonal) are inexpensive and pretty. Don’t go mad though – painting your house yellow or decorating in yellow throughout might be a bit over the top! Subtlety is the key.
          • Make sure your house number is easily visible and clean – if they can’t even find you, that’s a really bad start!
          • And…relax, safe in the knowledge that you have put the effort in and will sell your house very soon. Don’t forget to keep it up though – keep the house clean, look at it from a buyer’s perspective regularly and keep these tips handy!


    Good luck!

    For an informal chat about how Alison can transform your home ready to sell (or just to de-clutter any of the rooms in your home!), contact her

    (PS: don’t forget all those niggley jobs – let Find Me A Tradesperson will handle for you – we have plenty of decorators, handyman and gardeners all waiting to help you get your move on the way – so get in touch today and let us help you move to your new home)




    Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012

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