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When selling your home, as you have probably heard time and time again, the all-important de-clutter will be vital in securing a sale. While you love all your stuff - and rightfully so, we’re sure it’s good stuff - potential buyers might be put off by seeing too many of your much loved knick-knacks scattered around. If you can’t quite face the thought of a thorough purge of your belongings (what if you need that broken drill one day?) then here’s a little something to help you out. Storage hacks to keep your home neat, tidy and presentable, without having to drag all your things to the car boot.
This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how much you can tidy away into some nice storage boxes, and how you can then tidy the storage boxes away. Place under the bed, on top or inside a wardrobe for the bedroom. For the living room, try some slightly more durable wicker or wooden boxes that can double up as makeshift coffee tables.
Most of us aren’t naturally always tidy, so these have the added bonus of giving you something to throw things in when doing a quick pre-viewing clean up. If you fancy investing in something a bit more stylish, then an ottoman could be the solution. They come in a huge range of sizes and colours and are also pretty useful for a quick panic clean. Out of sight out of mind!
Magazine holders might scream ‘cheap’ and granted, if you buy cheap plastic magazine holders they’re probably only good for, you know, holding magazines. But investing in, for example, plywood or stainless steel magazine holders can offer a huge range of possibilities.
They can be used to organise spare toilet rolls rather than keeping them in their packaging, they can be used to organise books on bookshelves, or act as dividers to create more space on your shelves. They can be put by the front door to organise mail and takeaway menus instead of just having a pile. The organisational possibilities are endless!
If you’ve ever packed a suitcase, you’ll find you can get half as much in when everything is thrown in compared to when it’s neatly folded - the same is true of the airing cupboard or wherever you keep your bed linen.
While likely just an organised-ish collection of towels, bedsheets and dusting cloths, folding up bedsheets and placing them inside their matching pillowcase will help keep things tidy and create more space. A bonus? When making beds, you can avoid having to rummage through hundreds of mismatched sheets trying to find one that’s a similar enough colour to get away with – this way it’s all there waiting for you!
Here at Andrews we have over 70 years’ experience in selling properties. We know what works and what doesn’t, and can help give you the best start when preparing for viewings. Pop into your nearest branch branch to find out how we can help you sell your home.
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