Show them their dream. Not your clutter
Everyone says it- moving house is one of the most stressful times of your life. From organizing removal companies to choosing a solicitor and re-directing your household bills, there’s plenty to consider!
Let’s face it, the current property climate is tough and you need to sell more than bricks and mortar when you put your house on the market- you are presenting buyers with an aspiration and a potential lifestyle. Whilst striving for ‘show home’ perfection is unnecessary, a cluttered, disorganized space can be distracting for prospective buyers and prevent them from appreciating your home’s true potential.
Decluttering possessions and furniture before a move, can not only save you money with regards to removal costs, but it prevents unwanted clutter from being transferred to your new home. I always encourage my clients to envisage the way they would like their new home to be presented and the lifestyle that they are looking to achieve. Moving house is the perfect opportunity to declutter and in doing so, simplify your life.
If I could give one piece of advice to anybody moving, it would be to start early! Many people have great intentions to declutter before they pack, but life gets in the way and before you know it, there’s a few weeks left until moving day and everything is hastily crammed into boxes. It’s self-defeating and far more stressful.
Break it down, little by little. If you begin far enough in advance, then you can do a small amount each day and make the process far more manageable. Creating a rough schedule will help you to stay focused and calm and it’s best to keep it alongside any documents relating to the move in an easily accessible ‘moving folder’.
It’s crucial to consider the home you are moving to, particularly if you are downsizing. Will your existing furniture fit? The more measurements that you have for your new home the better.
Most importantly, don’t be hard on yourself if you are finding the whole process incredibly daunting. It can be difficult to declutter, particularly if many items are of sentimental value to you and it’s often better to tackle it with somebody else, who isn’t emotionally attached to your possessions.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog where I will share with you my top tips and tricks for moving home- from packing to a comprehensive checklist of things you need to consider before a move. If you need some advice or help to declutter your home before a move, then please do contact me.