Wellesley, MA (PressExposure) April 09, 2012 -- Perhaps you are finally ready to down-size or just move on. Your real estate agent makes a vague recommendation to reduce clutter and chaos to improve the home's "curb appeal". Sounds like a great idea, but where do you start?
Certified Professional Organizer Wendy Arundel, owner and manager of The Mudroom, a Wellesley-based company serving Greater Boston, suggests a number of simple and practical steps to de-cluttering your home in preparation to sell.
"The reason you de-clutter is that it allows the potential buyer to fully envision your living space and how they can utilize it," noted Arundel.
"First, clear all hallways both in the main living space and the basement. Allow freedom of movement," continued Arundel. "Second, let your closets breathe. Leave them half empty. Space sells. Third, keep counter tops completely clear. Fourth, remove as much as possible from the garage and outbuildings. Fifth, neaten up shelves and pantries. Sixth, put away personal photos. Buyers don't want to buy YOUR house, they want to buy THEIRS. Seventh, continue to de-personalize as much as possible."
But where do you put all that stuff? Arundel recommends that you temporarily rent a nearby storage space. Better yet, have a yard sale and say bon voyage to your formerly treasured items.
Lastly, Arundel strongly recommends that you clean your home from stem to stern. Buyers associate cleanliness to how you may have maintained your home for years.
Wendy Arundel has been helping homeowners and small businesspeople organize and enjoy their space for seven years. Overwhelmed and over-scheduled, many need some help developing systems for managing their space as well as removing unnecessary items. Arundel also assists with unwanted items by selling, donating or consigning them through her network of local resources.
De-cluttering and cleaning takes only a modest budget and a focused effort. Do so and you will help streamline the sale and maximize the selling price. A great payoff for the effort.
For more information, please visit the Wellesley-based company's website, http://www.TheMudroom.org or call (781) 772-1369.