Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Selling? Keep It Tidy; INSIDER INFO

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Selling? Keep It Tidy; INSIDER INFO

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OPENING your home to prospective buyers is a stressful process; the cleaning, the de-cluttering and keeping the home tidy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The pressure to stay "on show" can often manifest in wickedly messy and overstuffed "hidden" areas of the home. De-cluttering living areas and bedrooms of nick-knacks and personal items can lead to wardrobes stuffed to capacity, garages heaving with extra items, or spare rooms used as storage. Below is a list of some of the worst offending areas for hidden clutter that can turn a buyer off.

Wardrobes

Built-in and walk-in wardrobes are a must-have for most buyers, so keeping them clear of clutter is important.

Don't think that potential buyers won't open wardrobes to inspect what storage options are inside; people want to know how much hanging space they have and if there is shelving.

A wardrobe bursting at the seams gives the potential buyer an impression that there is not enough storage in the home.

Considering you will be moving soon anyway, it can pay dividends to have a clothing clear-out before you put your home on the market.

Donate all the clothes that you no longer wear to your favourite charity, and pack your out-of-season clothes into suitcases ready for the move.

Once there is less clothing to accommodate, the wardrobe will look more spacious. Once it's tidy, keep it that way.

Linen and broom cupboards

A house with ample storage is a house that will appeal to buyers, so make sure yours is in tip-top condition.

A messy hodge-podge of unfolded sheets and towels shoved on shelves doesn't not create a good impression.

Fold and stack linen and keep it tidy.

Consider baskets or

plastic storage containers to keep cleaning products together and out of site.

Pantry

Kitchens sell houses, and if yours is a shambles, it will turn buyers off. …

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