We all spend a lot of time in our bedrooms. We don’t just sleep there, we read, hang out with the kids, watch TV, relax.
As comfy as the bedroom can seem, it is usually the first place in the house to get cluttered. What do you do when guests come over? Hide clutter in the bedrooms. We pile our dirty clothes on the floor or a chair or drape clothes to be worn again, over a chair or other piece of furniture. Shoes don’t quite make it to the closet. Books can pile up, dust can pile up. Kids often use their rooms for school work, electronic entertainment and regular toy playing.
This room, all of the bedrooms in the house need tending to and kept clean and uncluttered during the selling process. Remember it’s only temporary, until you move, and you may even teach yourself some new habits in the process.
Here are a few tips:
- Buyers love to snoop and that includes inside closets. Remove what you won’t need until the move. Put these things in a temporary storage unit. Make the closet look spacious.
- Clear off the tops of furniture. Declutter.
- Sure, you aren’t likely to be selling your furniture but if you clear out our drawers you’ll have emergency storage for showing days.
- Make your beds daily. Perhaps a new bedspread can freshen up the room. Remember the buyer wants to visualize each room as theirs and a fresh room is inviting.
- Put away stacks of books on the nightstand. If you have drawers, put them inside and keep the tops of the nightstands clutter free.
- Remove excess art and family photos from the walls.
- Clear the walls in the bedroom hallways of art to make the hallway appear larger.
- Remove all items hanging on the backs of doors. Even in the closet, extra items hanging on the doors can make the closet appear too small.
- Kids rooms: remove all excess posters. If you do not intend on painting the walls, a cluster of posters will signal to the buyers that there is wall or paint damage they’ll have to fix. If there is wall or paint damage, roll on a fresh coat of paint.
- Neutralize any brightly painted bedrooms. The buyers will want to visualize the room for what it is and bright pink or green or purple may be a turn off.
- Pack away excess kids’ toys. Pull them out after the move.
- Tidy the electronics areas.
Eileen Saunders, REALTOR with Tommy Morgan Realtors, 2092 Old Taylor Road, Oxford MS 38655, 662-404-0816 or 662-234-5344 Equal Housing