When trying to appeal to potential buyers, there are a few simple strategies that don't require much spending. Clearing out excessive furniture and items, as well as de-cluttering your house can help improve its overall worth and salability. Be mindful of this before putting your home on the market!

Be aware that a cluttered house causes a negative reaction in potential homebuyers who take tours of your property. Eliminating excess stuff can help create an inviting atmosphere for buyers.

Here are some tips for boosting the salability of your home:

  1. Begin by assessing your house's exterior from the street. Take caution if you find too many items strewn about in the yard or on the porch as it can appear cluttered and untidy to passersby.

    • Keeping the front of your house clean and organised is important if you're considering selling it. It can leave a lasting impression with potential buyers, so it's beneficial to de-clutter your yard and doorstep area. Doing so will help them have a more positive first impression of your home.

  2. Continue with first impressions of your home's interior. As you step inside your front door and enter the foyer, living room or great room area, how does it look to you?

    • Can you see open spaces between furniture where you see the trim board?

    • Have you tastefully hung one or two art items on each wall?

    • Inspect all your furniture surfaces, such as the dining table, entertainment center, end tables, cocktail table and even kitchen countertops if they're visible to you. An excess of items on surfaces can be distracting, so it is best to limit the amount of items you showcase in order to keep potential buyers focused on what's important.

    • By minimizing the amount of clutter in your home, it will be easier for visitors to appreciate all the unique features of your home and not be distracted by any personal items. Therefore, it is important to keep the areas clean and organized.

  3. Conduct the same examination of each room in the house. Look for too many items in a space.

    • Notice if furniture pieces are scrunched in together to fit in a space. Re-arrange or move pieces of furniture if you can't see wall space in every room between each piece of furniture.

    • Remove excess personal items.

    • Think of de-cluttering as making your home more attractive to people who might want to buy it.

  4. Put away most small items. An easy way to do this is to grab a big basket or box and walk through each room, picking up all the items that are not meant to be there. Later, securely store them where they belong. Doing this will help the area stay neat and tidy.

    • To reduce clutter and keep surfaces organized, it's important to periodically perform this activity. Otherwise, the disorganization will continue to build up over time.

    • Furthermore, this is a great technique to use once your home is actually up for sale. Doing a fast "clean" of each room directly before buyers come to take a look can have an immense impact in the way they perceive your house.

    • It's important to think carefully before displaying personal items in living areas of your home. Having too many can be overwhelming and stop potential buyers from picturing themselves living there. Enhancing the salability of your home will help you achieve a successful sale.

If you're hoping to increase the chances of selling your house, start by clearing out any excess clutter. Removing any unnecessary items will make your home look more inviting and attractive to potential buyers. It's an economical way to make a big difference in your sale prospects.