Room-by-Room Guide to Declutter Your House Before Selling

canstockphoto50869378Clutter—it’s a word that makes many of us shudder, and we like it even less when we’re preparing to sell our home. However, mastering clutter is one of the best things you can do to help buyers see your house as a place they can call home. Clutter and piles make spaces look smaller and can hide your home’s more attractive features.

If you’re looking to sell your home this year, why not start it off right with a resolution to de-clutter? We know that this can feel daunting, so we’ve broken it down into a room-by-room guide. When you approach de-cluttering in smaller chunks it’s easier—plus, we’re sure you’ll be so pleased with the results that you’ll look forward to getting through the whole list.


Entryway & Hallways

The entryway is the first thing a potential buyer will see, so make sure it’s welcoming and not overwhelming.

  • Corral coats, scarves, and other outerwear
  • Store shoes and boots out of sight
  • Remove mail, newspapers, and other clutter (or keep them neatly displayed in an attractive organizer)
  • Eliminate random clutter in hallways
  • Tastefully display art, candles, or other decor to accentuate your home’s positives
  • Remove excessive family photos and other personal items


Often called the heart of the home, the kitchen sees a lot of action. Make sure all an interested buyer sees is how they can make their gourmet dreams come true.

  • Keep counters neat and tidy
  • Never leave dishes in the sink or dripping on the rack
  • Store small appliances in cupboards, or box away for moving if not needed
  • Box up extra items from crowded cupboards and drawers, so you can nicely display your best items (buyers will open doors and look!)
  • Organize all cupboards and displays
  • Remove photos and schoolwork from the fridge
  • Put items that point to trouble (like drain cleaner or ant powder) out of sight
  • Place sponges, scrubbers, and towels in a bin under the sink


Bedrooms are supposed to be our sanctuaries, but too often they become dumping spots for everything that has nowhere else to go. Turn yours back into a sanctuary before buyers take a look.

  • Clear out off-season clothing from drawers and closets—an overstuffed closet appears smaller.
  • Tidy your bedside table and remove any medications, personal care items, or cluttered charging stations
  • Select only one or two family photos to display
  • Make the bed every day—and spruce up existing (or splurge!) on new linens, duvet, and pillows to make the room look fresh and appealing
  • Dust any ceiling fans and other hard-to-reach nooks to make sure the room glows

Living & Family Rooms

Make sure potential buyers don’t have to look past piles of clutter to envision themselves relaxing in your space.

  • Clear out piles of magazines, newspapers, books, and hobby materials
  • Make any displays on mantels or tables simple, clean, and devoid of personal effects and photos—less is more
  • Make sure the room has ample lighting day and night, rearrange light fixtures or add a lamp if needed
  • Check drapes and blinds for dust and get them cleaned, if needed
  • Corral remotes and other electronic gadgets in a cupboard, drawer, or attractive bin or basket
  • If you have little ones, organize toys into one section of the room and use bins or other attractive containers to keep them under control


Just because these rooms are functional, it doesn’t mean they can’t be beautiful.

  • Clean out your drawers and cabinets—remove any outdated or unused toiletries, medicine, or personal care equipment
  • Tastefully display only the essentials in the medicine cabinet or drawers
  • Pack up rarely used perfumes and jewelry
  • Add fresh drawer liners
  • Organize cleaning items in a safe, unobtrusive spot
  • Remove multiple soap and shampoo bottles from shower shelves
  • Get rid of damp towels, washcloths, loofahs, etc.
  • Make sure towels are displayed neatly on a shelf or in a basket

Laundry Room

A well-appointed laundry room can be the difference between like and love for some home buyers. Make the right impression in yours.

  • Don’t leave any laundry (clean or dirty) in piles or otherwise on display
  • If you leave out items to air dry, make sure to put them away before a tour
  • Neatly organize detergents, spot removers, and other supplies
  • Put function on display by arranging equipment, detergents, drying racks, and laundry baskets in an attractive manner that show how easy it is to access everything
  • Wipe down the washer and dryer—make sure no lint or dust is showing
  • Throw lint and other items like dryer sheets in a trash can with a lid

Basement or Garage

These are places where we like to hide things that are unsightly or have no other place to call home. But you want potential buyers to see possibility, not defeat, when they enter yours.

  • Properly dispose of opened cans of paint (unless buyers could use it for touch-ups), stain, pest repellent, and other chemicals
  • Organize tools and box up large items if not currently in use
  • Sort through all those old boxes of what-nots and donate unneeded items—organize the rest in neatly-stacked bins
  • Throw out anything that’s musty or shows signs of mold and mildew
  • Dust everything
  • Organize sports equipment neatly, storing as much as possible in bins
  • Add shelves to better corral miscellaneous odds and ends

Decluttering isn’t fun, but you’ll be happy you did it when you’re calling the moving truck. Get obstacles out of the way so buyers can see what a gem your home is!

5 Reasons 2018 Is a Great Time to Buy a House

canstockphoto19233900A new year, a new home—why not? Well, if you’ve been thinking of purchasing a home, 2018 is primed to be a great year for finding (and financing) your dream home. There’s been a lot in the news about how 2017 was a fantastic seller’s market, but the field is leveling as we begin this new year. Find out the top five reasons buying a home should be one of your 2018 new year’s resolutions.

  1. Rates are on the rise.

Mortgage interest rates are still looking good, so don’t fret over rumors about rising rates. But don’t completely ignore them either. It’s true that rates are creeping up, but they’re not exploding. However, everyone is predicting that the year could end with rates inching close to 5%, so the sooner the better for locking in the lowest rate this year.

  1. There should be more homes to choose from.

It’s been pretty slim pickings across the Wasatch Front, but things are looking up. This means more than just a better selection of potential dream homes—it also means you might have more room to negotiate on price and other perks when you put together an offer.

  1. Prices are starting to level off.

Rising prices are good news for sellers and a reassuring indication that the economy is doing well. But they’re not what you want to see when you’re looking to buy. Fortunately, all signs point to a stabilization in the market when it comes to home prices. This means that there will be fewer homes going for (or above) asking price, which means you have a better chance of getting the most house for your money.

  1. Mortgage interest is still a write-off.

While this shouldn’t be the reason you buy, it’s one of the better benefits. In the wake of the new tax bill many people feared that the mortgage interest deduction was going to be a thing of the past. Fortunately, that’s not the case, at least if you buy a home for under $750,000. If you’re a young professional without many tax write-offs, this deduction can be mighty tempting—and why wouldn’t you want to put a few extra dollars in your pocket with an investment that lets you lock in your monthly housing cost and build equity?

  1. It’s cheaper than renting.

Just like home prices, rents have skyrocketed in recent years. With millennials putting off home purchases, the demand for prime rental real estate has been higher than ever. But, as successful millennial professionals are looking for ways to invest (not to mention how to cut monthly costs), home ownership is looking more appealing. Last year Salt Lake County rents were up 6.5% from 2016, with one-bedroom apartments easily going for a grand per month. It’s increases like these that make mortgage payments look attractive—most people can afford two or three bedrooms for as much (or maybe even less) than they’ve been paying for rent.

Buying a home is a big decision, but sometimes all the stars align to let you know the time is right to act. In 2018, there are a lot of home-buying stars shining in the sky. So if you want to save on rent, find a nice tax deduction, and start building equity in a solid investment, put house shopping on your 2018 to-do list.

Staging Ideas for the Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time of year and is a great time to sell a home. Help make your listing sell faster with these 4 staging ideas.

  1. Include autumn scents. A subtle scent of apple pie, pumpkin and cinnamon, or something autumny can help make your home inviting. When using scents in your home, be mindful of how strong the smell is as it may turn potential buyers away.potion-2217630_640
  1. Lighten up. Take advantage of natural light by opening drapes and blinds and letting sunlight brighten your rooms and make them inviting. If more light is needed, you can use floor and tabletop lamps to add more light into a room.
  1. Groom your yard. Great curb appeal is important when selling your home and, with the leaves falling from the trees, it is important you take some time to rake up leaves and trim any overgrown or dead plants. Especially around your home’s windows and porches as they may distract and overshadow your home’s beauty.
  1. Decorate for the season. Right now mums and other fall decor are excellent props to brighten up a porch or deck. Pumpkins can add a fun seasonal touch and color to your outside; however, remember not to go overboard on the decor.

If you have any other staging questions, talk with your realtor for more tips and tricks to help make your home more appealing to potential buyers.