28 Jul Why Decluttering Is A Home Seller’s Best Move
Proskips tell us how hiring a skip can make light work of ditching your junk
The high season for selling homes has arrived, with a new study showing that more than a third of towns and cities in the UK seeing increases in the number of residential properties on the market.
The survey based on the number of listings appearing on property portal Rightmove concludes that the number of homes for sale has jumped 7.1% between June and July.
And it is not just homeowners in property hot spots such as London – where more than three-quarters of boroughs have seen an increase in residential listings – who are on the move.
The research shows that new listings have shot up 47.3% in Swindon, 30.4% in both Liverpool and Leicester and 24.3% in Lancaster.
A recent report in The Metro newspaper concludes that this is good news for buyers, but it also creates a dilemma for sellers.
With more properties on the market, sellers must make an extra effort to make their property stand out to viewers.
One sure-fire way to make your home appear larger is to have a clear-out from top to bottom, ditching decades of unwanted junk.
But should the decluttering take place before you put your property on the market? Undoubtedly, yes.
Although viewers will not usually looking to purchase your furniture or decorative items, it is surprising how few can envisage the space your home offers if it is packed from floor to ceiling with your personal clutter.
When the author of this article purchased a new-build flat more than 15 years ago, the bare living room – and, come to think of it, the master bedroom – appeared huge. Following a trip to a well-known furniture store, a four-piece suite – comprising of footstool, armchair, two-seater sofa and three-seater sofa – coffee table and TV unit was ordered for the living room and full complement of bedroom furniture for the sleeping area.
The bare rooms created a false impression of space. When the furniture for the new-build flat arrived, it was all too much. There was not enough room for the two-seater sofa (nor for the coffee table, if truth be told). And as for the space available in the bedrooms when the wardrobes and chests of drawers were installed, well…
While it would be nice to think that moving your unwanted belongings into outbuildings or your home’s loft will create the illusion of space, the reality is very different.
Moving home is one of the most stressful experiences we go through, which explains why we do it an average of every 20 years. In the time between house moves, the majority of us will have built up decades of memories that cannot simply be chucked away.
That is why a useful trick is to hire a skip and set yourself a deadline to fill it, say one week. The first stage will be easy. Do you really want to keep that old vacuum cleaner that has been lying idle under the stairs “just in case the new bagless wonder-cleaner develops a fault”?
However, items with greater emotional ties will require more thought when it comes to decluttering. Hiring a skip makes sense because, unlike house clearance firms, decisions about what to keep or discard do not have to be made on the spot.
This article has been provided by UK-wide skip hire broker ProSkips. For more information about skip hire, contact ProSkips today.