Top tips to declutter your home for viewings and photos
You only get one chance to make a good first impression so it’s important to make sure your home looks its best before it is photographed and viewings begin. Here are some great tips on decluttering your home from an article by On the Market. They said:
- Banish the bins and tend to any gardening
Maximising curb appeal is a great way to make a good first impression, but bins can run the risk of being an eyesore. If possible, arrange any large outdoor bins neatly in a place that doesn’t obstruct the entrance to your property to avoid them getting in the way when viewers come to look around. Take particular care to keep areas such as the main door, any footpaths and entry gates clear. For photography, a side alley is a great place to tuck any bins away, but if this isn’t possible, temporarily pulling them away completely to make sure they’re not included in any exterior shots is a great option.
- Organise the hallway and living areas
Whilst the first approach to the outside of your property must be as clutter free as possible, it’s also essential to avoid obstructions to the entrance to your home. Organising any coats and shoes, which might be stored in a hallway for example, makes homes feel a lot more open and less overwhelming when people first step in.
Turning the TV off is a simple trick but helps to avoid any unwanted distractions in photos and eliminates background noise during viewings. Tidying away any miscellaneous toys that might be left out after any children’s playtime will also make sure your space is as inviting and neat as possible.
For many people, our homes have also become environments where we work a lot more too. If you have a home office, a designated working area or study space, remember to put away any personal items or confidential paperwork ahead of any photography or viewings.
- Declutter the kitchen
Now, we’d hate to remember everything but the kitchen sink, so this tip is all about emptying it! Even if they’re clean, any leftover glasses, plates or cutlery that might be found in the sink or by the side of it can be a bit of an eyesore and give viewers something else to focus on other than how lovely your space is and whether they might be able to see themselves living there.
Cluttered worktops can also be a distraction in photos or during viewings so clearing them as much as possible by tucking away any extra appliances is a great way to show off your space.
In addition, if you have a dishwasher, this could be a feature that viewers might want to take a closer look at. Emptying the dishwasher and other appliances such as a washing machine or tumble drier will give a better picture of the space available if any viewers request to take a closer look, oh, and don’t forget to clear the washing line on particularly sunny days too!
- Let’s talk loos
When it comes to the bathroom there are a few little tips that can help make the space look super streamlined, such as closing any toilet seats and emptying any dustbins that might not have a neat lid.
Organising any products which may usually be left out on surfaces and remembering to put away any used towels or empty tissue rolls can also make a big difference too.
- Draw back those drapes!
Letting in as much natural light as possible is a real positive mood booster and helps with opening even the smallest of spaces, so considering some of these tips, drawing back the curtains or opening the blinds to brighten each room before any photography or viewings take place can make a real difference – even on a cloudy day!
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All property sales and the financial advice that surrounds them are as unique as the people engaging in the transaction. It is important to not decide without seeking professional advice. If you want to sell your home and are considering redecorating before marketing, speak to one of our Property Professionals to get the best advice for presenting your home for sale before making any investment. This article is for the purpose of information only and should not be seen as financial advice.